Reminder: to access the settings for poll behavior, click on the Session Settings button at the bottom of the screen; then choose 'Add Live Content to PowerPoint...'; then scroll down the page until you see your poll questions. Click the EDIT button displayed beside a poll question to edit its poll behavior settings.

When editing a poll's slide configuration, you will find that there are five available settings. A description of their effect is displayed on the page for each option.

The five options are described below.

Show results while audience is voting

When running the presentation as a slideshow, the results will be immediately visible while attendees vote. You will see the results change in real time. 

NOTE: the choices will not initially appear until at least one audience response is received.

TIP: Seeing the results change in real-time is fun, but if you're trying to test audience knowledge (with a quiz type question) then seeing the initial responses may influence how the remainder of the audience votes. We don't recommend this option for quiz type questions.

Automatically start a countdown timer

Countdown timers allow a presenter to show an introduction to a poll before switching over to the results. As soon as the poll loads in the slideshow, a countdown timer will appear, and attendees will be prompted to respond on their devices. After the timer expires, the poll will automatically become locked and the results will be visible. The presenter does not have to take any action during this process.

NOTE: the option for choosing length of time will only become visible after selecting this option.

TIP: this is a great option for quiz questions and/or to let your audience know there's a limited amount of time to answer. One disadvantage to this option concerns the scenario where a presenter might wish to return back to this poll later in the presentation to talk further about the results. They will have to wait for the timer to reach zero again if they re-visit this poll.

Manually start a countdown timer

A manual timer is similar to our automatic timer, except that the countdown timer will not begin until a presenter attempts to advance to the next slide. This gives a presenter more flexibility on setting up the question for her audience. After attempting to advance, the countdown will begin and after expiring the results will become visible on-screen.

NOTE: this option will only work with our second-generation Windows PowerPoint Add-In, v2.006 (July 2017) or later.

TIP: this is a popular option for medical customers/audiences when quiz questions that involve patient case information is involved as it gives you the opportunity to advance to the Live Poll slide and talk at length about the question. When you're ready to let the audience know they have a limited amount of time to get their answer in, an extra click of the mouse will start the countdown timer.

Manually advance to results

When using the option to manually advance to results, the poll's introduction view will be visible while attendees vote, until the presenter attempts to advance the slide. Advancing will cause the poll to lock and the results to be immediately visible. This behavior is useful if presenters want complete flexibility in determining the length of time attendees can vote.

NOTE: this option will only work with our second-generation Windows PowerPoint Add-In, v2.006 (July 2017) or later.

TIP: this is a popular option for a variety of use cases. It can work well in nearly any scenario as it gives the presenter full control on when to reveal the poll results. 

Skip directly to results (no unlocking or voting)

This newly added option has two use cases in mind. 

Use Case #1 - if you have a poll question that you plan to manually unlock before your session so that the audience can vote at the leisure, but you'd like to reveal the results during the formal presentation, this is a great setting to use.

Use Case #2 - if you plan to use one of the other poll behaviors (e.g., a countdown timer) but later in the presentation, you have a helper who will adjust the poll behavior setting to this option, it can be an effective way to make a revisit to the poll results a better audience experience.

Change the Background Color/Theme of Slides

You'll notice that this same page allows you to choose between a Light Background or a Dark Background for the theme (background color) of the poll result slides. If you change the background color, the change should take effect immediately if you restart your PowerPoint slideshow. 

Note: It is possible to customize via CSS, the light background color and/or dark background color. See our article on how to add Custom CSS to your app. The following lines of CSS can be used as your starting point for changing the Light or Dark background theme.

.slide-light {
background: #ffffff;

.slide-dark {
background: #111111;