How to Enable or Disable Presentation Settings in Windows

When giving a presentation, you may want to turn on presentation mode.

While presentation mode is turned on, your computer stays awake, system notifications are turned off, and your presentation settings for screen saver, volume, and desktop background are applied.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable presentation settings for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable presentation settings.

In Windows 7, Presentation Settings and presentation mode is only available in the Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.

In Windows 8, Presentation Settings and presentation mode is only available in the RT, Pro, and Enterprise editions.

In Windows 10, Presentation Settings and presentation mode is only available in the Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.



 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Presentation Settings in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Presentation Settings using a REG file


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Enable or Disable Presentation Settings in Windows OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Presentation Settings in Windows
Enable or Disable Presentation Settings in Local Group Policy Editor

1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. Navigate to the policy location below in the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Presentation Settings

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3. In the right pane of Presentation Settings in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Turn off Windows presentation settings policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Enable Presentation Settings

A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

Not Configured is the default setting.


 6. To Disable Presentation Settings

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. Close the Local Group Policy Editor.






Enable or Disable Presentation Settings in Windows OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Presentation Settings in Windows
Enable or Disable Presentation Settings using a REG file

The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\PresentationSettings

NoPresentationSettings DWORD

(delete) = Enable (default)
1 = Disable



1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Enable Presentation Settings

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_presentation_settings.reg

download


 3. To Disable Presentation Settings

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_presentation_settings.reg

download


4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn