How to access and use Presentation Settings in Windows 10/8/7

If you are making a presentation, then you want to turn on the Presentation settings on your Windows 10 /8/7 laptop. Presentation settings are options on your laptop that you can apply when giving a presentation. If you’ve ever had your display screen turn black during a presentation, you’ll appreciate the option allowing you to automatically turn off your screen saver every time you give a presentation.

Turn on or off Windows Presentation Settings

When presentation settings are turned on, your laptop stays awake and system notifications are turned off. You can also turn off the screen saver, adjust the speaker volume, and change your desktop background image. Your settings are automatically saved and applied every time you give a presentation unless you manually turn them off.

To do do so, through the Control Panel, open Windows Mobility Center and in the Presentation Settings tile, click on the Turn On button. This will turn on the Presentation Settings.

Windows Mobility Center

Additionally to change settings, type presentationsettings.exe in Start Search and hit Enter.

Presentation Settings

Change the settings to what you want them to be, while giving a presentation.

You can also create a desktop shortcut for it using the path as  C:\Windows\System32\PresentationSettings.exe .

If you wish to, you can also use the commands presentationsettings /start and presentationsettings /stop to control Presentation Settings or Mode from a script.

Hope this helps.

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  1. Jay Toot

    All of these options don’t work for my Windows 10 PC. How do I get it?

  2. Rocco Vergoglini

    This was great! I was wondering how to make it a shortcut. Thanks!

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