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How to Turn on Presentation Mode on a Dell Laptop

Updated February 21, 2017

Dell is a popular manufacturer of Windows-based desktop and laptop computers. Dell laptops are commonly used in education and business to compose and conduct presentations or watch videos on external displays or projectors. Configuring a laptop to display video on secondary displays can be cumbersome, but Dell laptops have a tool called Quickset that allows users to turn on a presentation mode quickly and easily. Newer Dell laptops running Windows 7 or Vista can use the Windows Mobility Center instead of Quickset.

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  1. Locate the Quickset icon on the taskbar. The Quickset icon looks like a capital Q and S. Quickset is a feature for Dell laptops running Windows 2000 and XP.

  2. Click on the Quickset icon.

  3. Click "Turn On Presentation Mode" in the drop-down list. You can turn presentation mode off by following steps 1 and 2 and then clicking "Turn Off Presentation Mode."

  4. Click "Start" and type "Mobility Center" into the search box.

  5. Click "Windows Mobility Center" in the search results.

  6. Click "Turn on" under "Presentation Settings." The status of the presentation settings box will change to "Presenting." Click "Turn off" to stop presenting.

  7. Tip

    On computers with Windows 7 Professional, you can hold down the Windows key and then press "P" to bring up screen setting properties. If you are turning on presentation mode to display a presentation on an external display projector, the display or projector must be turned on and set to the proper video input channel before it will display information from the computer.

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Things You'll Need

  • Dell laptop

About the Author

Gregory Hamel has been a writer since September 2008 and has also authored three novels. He has a Bachelor of Arts in economics from St. Olaf College. Hamel maintains a blog focused on massive open online courses and computer programming.

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