Reminder: to access the settings for on-screen behavior of polls, 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 four available settings.

In this article, we will review what each of these choices means.

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.

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.

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 appears, 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 that the option for choosing length of time will only become visible after selecting this option.

Manually start a countdown timer

Note that this option will only work with our second-generation Windows PowerPoint Add-In, v2.006 or later.

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.

Manually advance to results

Note that this option will only work with our second-generation Windows PowerPoint Add-In, v2.006 or later.

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.