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Interactive PowerPoint Presentations with OnePanel

Sara, Knowledge Producer @ Inknoe
Sara, Knowledge Producer @ Inknoe

One of the interactive panel’s key use cases is for presentations. You may use it to present to your students, colleagues, clients, or even remote participants. Usually, to create interactive presentations it is required to download other applications or special interactive whiteboard software. Well, with Inknoe OnePanel you won’t have to have any other software loaded onto the panel.

With our in-built Annotate plugin, you can achieve interactive presentations right inside PowerPoint. We’ve made it super easy so anyone can instantly make their presentations interactive and productive, without learning or using any new tools. For a short intro on how to start using Annotate for an interactive PowerPoint presentation, follow along below. 

Annotate Interface

Annotate for PowerPoint interface

Inknoe Annotate’s PowerPoint plugin has all your options in the top ribbon, and when you begin slideshow mode, there is a toolbar on the bottom of the screen. This toolbar houses everything you need to make your presentation interactive without changing the look of your slides.

Annotate for PowerPoint toolbar interface


So now you are going through your presentation and want to add some information to your slides or highlight an important phrase. You can easily do this with a variety of pen colors and a highlighter on the toolbar.

using Annotate to do annotations during slideshow

You’ve now completed discussing this slide and move on to the next one, but an audience member had a question back on the last slide. If you go back, all the annotations you have made are still there – no loss of information. Even when exiting slideshow mode, all of your annotations are still saved on your slides.


Many times throughout a presentation, there are areas that you would like to elaborate on visually by drawing instead of just speaking. Sometimes presenters will present next to a whiteboard so that they can use it if this situation arises. But then the whiteboard is analog and you can’t save it easily or let remote participants see anything on it.

To solve this, Annotate allows you to open up a blank whiteboard slide directly in PowerPoint. You can seamlessly use this extra space for brainstorming or adding details to your ideas without having to leave your presentation or losing information. As far as remote participants are concerned, the whiteboard is automatically shared because it’s part of PowerPoint.

Non-blank whiteboards will be saved as new slides when you exit the slideshow.


To become a presentation superstar, you can gather feedback from your audience without having to ask “Can I see a show of hands…” by using the Quick Poll feature. Quick Polling is an interactive feature for you to get instant responses from your audience.

Many presentations include questions on their slides to engage their audience. The quick poll feature works right along with any question multiple-choice questions you have. Your audience will just need to scan the QR code to submit their answer. You will then see their responses reflected live on-screen. Once all the results are in, the answer chart will be saved automatically as a new slide in your presentation.

Using Annotate to collect live responses during slideshow


You’ve finally made it to the end of your presentation, but everyone wants a copy. Normally, audience members will take photos of the screen, or you must go through the process of getting everyone’s emails to send later. That takes extra time later in your day or later in your week in some cases. To make this process easier, your audience can instantly get a downloadable PDF copy of the slides by scanning a QR code.

GIF illustration of Annotate PDF sharing feature in PowerPoint

This PDF copy is crystal clear, with all your annotations, whiteboard pages, and quick poll results included. Audience members will no longer have to take bad quality photos or wait days after the presentation to receive their copy.

Benefits of Using Annotate

Native annotations: Perhaps the strongest benefit of Annotate, is that all the features are directly integrated into PowerPoint. Your presentation can run smoothly without ever going outside the PowerPoint platform.

Annotations saved on slides: Everything that’s added to your presentation – all the writing, highlighting, whiteboarding, and polling – will be saved automatically in the slide deck.

Whiteboard integrated with PowerPoint: The whiteboard included in Annotate opens right in PowerPoint. It can be saved in your slide deck so everything is located in one local file.

Easy to use, yet not limiting: Annotate is a pretty simple software, with little to no training required. However, there are still ways to customize your experience – like changing the pen colors and whiteboard background – so that it can fit your needs.

If you aren’t using PPT but would still like to annotate on other content, applications, or software, you can use the second piece of Annotate. For more information on the on-screen annotation piece of Annotate, check out out this article. Drop a note in the comments if you have any questions or comments about OnePanel!

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