Not for everyone’s eyes

Now that presentation packages are so easy to use in a browser and online, you see many people giving up on the traditional application to get the job done.  Why not just run it in your browser?  And, when you’re using a Chromebook, you just don’t have that alternative anyway.

Good presenters will interact with the audience and often take notes or ask questions to keep the audience engaged during the presentation.

Your first inclination might be to use Google’s Keep, Evernote, or Microsoft’s OneNote or some other notetaking tool.  They’re all good choices but do have one little potential problem.  When you open the application, not only does your audience see the note that you’re creating, they could see every other note or collection that you’ve ever taken.  That could be a little embarrassing, depending upon the content.  

I know that it could be for me – I know that I keep notes for myself on just about every topic under the sun.  I make no apologies; after all, that’s what these utilities are for.   With just a little bit of preparation, you could avoid this altogether.

You could have a tab open in your browser with a blank note ready to go in Google Docs or Microsoft Word.  But, there’s another alternative that will convince your audience that you’re the tech guru that you are.

It’s just a matter of opening a new tab or a new browser window and enter the following:

data:text/html, <html contenteditable>

The result?

Certainly not the most glamorous display but very functional and clean.

Just start typing.  Your cursor is set and ready to go.

Sitting in the audience, you’ll just see two things.

  • the presentation
  • the notes

and that’s that.  None of the telephone numbers, Twitter accounts, blog post ideas, jokes, graphics, etc. that you’d see if I’d just open my Keep application directly.

And, the cool thing is that you can make the text as big as you want so that everyone can see and it’s just limited to the notetaking window!

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