How to use an in focus projector with powerpoint

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How to use an in focus projector with powerpoint
PowerPoint presentations can be shown using an InFocus projector. (projector ready for presentation image by Dmitry Goygel-Sokol from

InFocus is a company that produces LCD projectors for use with computers and other electronics. Especially popular in the business environment, InFocus projectors are a common sight in conference and training rooms. The projectors allow for audiences in larger rooms to view material from a computer, such as a PowerPoint presentation. PowerPoint is the presentation program that is part of the Office suite of productivity programs from Microsoft.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • InFocus projector
  • PowerPoint presentation

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    Connect the InFocus projector to the computer. The electrical power to the computer and projector must be off. Determine whether your computer has a VGA or DVI monitor port. VGA ports have three rows of five round pins or sockets, and are typically found on older monitors. DVI ports, which have a variety of square pins or sockets, are found with newer equipment. Connect the appropriate end of the cable to the monitor port on the back of the CPU (computer tower), laptop or docking station. Connect the opposite end to the InFocus projector.

  2. 2

    Connect the USB connector from the cable into an available port on the computer. This is a key part of the process to use the InFocus remote control to move slides along during the PowerPoint presentation.

  3. 3

    Connect the projector and computer to the electrical source. Turn on the Infocus projector first, followed by the computer. Launch the PowerPoint program and open the slide show. Click once on the "File" menu and select the "Open" option. Use the "Look in" menu to locate the folder in which the PowerPoint file is saved. Double click on the PPT file name to open it. The PowerPoint presentation will appear onto the projector screen or wall. If not, simultaneously press the "Control" (Ctrl) and "Function 8" (F8) keys on the keyboard. This action toggles the view to the projector.

  4. 4

    Use the InFocus or other remote control to move through the PowerPoint presentation. The "Forward" and "Back" buttons are used to move through the slides accordingly. To stop the presentation, press once on the centre button between the "Forward" and "Back" buttons. Depending on the InFocus remote control model, the "Forward" and "Back" buttons may be separate buttons, opposite ends of a ring or a single "joystick" button.

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