Enable Presentation Mode in Windows 10

Windows 10 Presentation Mode Icon

Presentation Mode is designed to help users of portable devices (e.g. laptops). When enabled, it applies advanced changes to the operating system's configuration, so your computer stays awake, the screen saver can be disabled, the desktop background can be removed or changed to a specific image, and the sound volume can be set to a predefined value.

When you enable presentation mode, your device stays awake and system notifications are turned off. It is possible to 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 start a presentation unless you change them manually.

Presentation mode is only available on laptops by default. It is part of the Mobility Center app, which is not available on Desktop computers.

Tip: with a Registry tweak, you can unblock the Mobility Center app on desktop. Refer to the article

How To Enable Mobility Center On Desktop in Windows 10

Presentation mode isn’t a new feature of Windows 10. It was first introduced in Windows Vista. Here is how to enable it.

To enable Presentation Mode in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Right click the Start button. Instead of the context menu of the taskbar, Windows 10 shows Win + X menu. Or, press Win + X shortcut keys on the keyboard.
  2. Click on the Mobility Center item.
  3. Under Presentation Settings click on the Turn on button to enable it.
  4. Presentation Mode is now enabled.

You can customize its settings by using the tray icon. It looks as follows:

Double-click on the icon to open the following dialog:

Here, you can turn on or off presentation mode and tweak some of its settings.

Command Line Options

The Presentation Mode feature is implemented via an executable file, presentationsettings.exe.

By simply running it, you will open the Settings dialog shown above.

It supports the following command line options:

presentationsettings /start

This command will directly enable Presentation Mode.

The next command will disable it:

presentationsettings /stop

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

4 thoughts on “Enable Presentation Mode in Windows 10”

    1. I generally use the “pause updates” feature the day before I give a presentation. It should stop windows doing any updates/reboots while you’re delivering a talk :)

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