Tip for presentations: how to configure Windows to not receive alerts during presentations


As a Microsoft support engineer I usually perform many presentations like workshops and webcasts.

I would like to take this opportunity to share a Windows resource that I always use before starting a presentation.

For Windows versions before of Windows 10 we can use the "Adjust settings before giving a presentation" (C:\Windows\System32\PresentationSettings.exe).

To run it, just type the name "Adjust settings before giving a presentation" from the Windows Start menu.

That will open the screen "Presentation Settings" where there is the option "I am currently giving a presentation". After selecting this item, no popup window will be displayed  anymore and you can perform your presentation without the need to close Outlook, Communicator or Skype.

For Windows 10, you can use the Quiet Hours available at Action Center:


I hope you enjoyed. The hint. 🙂

Comments (3)

  1. Sean Liming says:

    Nice tip. I thought PowerPoint took care of this already.

  2. Yup says:

    Microsoft and its software is getting dumber not by days, but by hours now – while win10 cuts off lots of functionality, they cant even take care of such simple thing automatically…

  3. Hi Sean,

    You are right. PowerPoint already takes care about that when you are presenting in a second monitor. But what is nice about that tip is that you don't have any interruption during the presentations. 🙂

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