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Two Screen Computer Projector Setup Help

This is hard to put into words so please bear with me when reading this post. Here's my situation:

Here at the Church we run a projector display setup. To decrease the ugly transition when switching programs and to keep it from being seen by anyone who's watching I am hoping to use a "Send to Projector" kind of system.

We work off of a tower with a dual display output. I would like to have two screens, and one that goes to the projector. Ideally, I would like to be able to prep one screen, and then when ready, have the projector view it. Then I can prep the next item of business on the other screen, and display it when ready. This can be done through the remote's "freeze" setting, but extremely tedious and unreliable. If anyone can shed any light or point me in the right direction that would be much appreciated... Thanks.

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Just to add to the discussion but,

are you saying you are using the Windows extended screen function? By this, you have a primary screen but can move your mouse to work on each independently. By prepping, do you mean you want to compose on one while having the image on the other cloned to the projector and just swap the screen images and have the projector image change seamlessly? If so, I don't think the Windows method accommodates that but some projectors do allow you to switch between inputs using their remotes. This would mean having two computers so that you could compose on one and display with the other. I've set up and used dual monitors and they can be awkward...or as you say "ugly". Why not describe your current dual screen setup and maybe you'll find someone who is skilled in doing what you want to do.

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That's pretty vague.

But let's try anyway. One presenter I worked with didn't know about Powerpoint's Presentation Mode.

But what is this about prep one screen? Maybe the presentation needs to be made in advance of the meeting.

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Yes, using a presentation software is a much easier approach

I am sure there are numerous software offerings for what what you wish to do. As Bob pointed out, Powerpoint is part of Microsoft Office and is made for what you want. It should be setup with the presentation before hand, however. There are special software packages just for church use, also. We use ProPresenter and the church I attend. It is made for more than one display and allows the operator to make changes-on-the-fly, if need be, but is intended for a program to be setup in the operators desktop and then clicked on for display to the audience. There are other software packages, by different vendors that offer similar advantages. Check them out and try them out before hand. Many of them offer a free demo version. Google for presentation software or the specialty church presentation software to find alternatives to the ones mentioned.

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