How many times have you seen a live demonstration of a software or website go wrong? It seems to happen no matter how prepared you may be. Any number of problems can happen from internet and networking issues to blue screen errors. Here we will be looking at how to avoid these problems when you present software or website usage.

Present Software or Website Usage Using Images

Making a demo using images helps you as well as the audience. It allows you to relax and make the demo in a controlled environment where you can handle any problems you might face. It also helps the audience because they can follow along at their own pace.

You can use built-in features of Windows to take screen captures. You can use the PrtSc key on the keyboard to copy the screen. Then, press the Windows Key and type paint, and click Paint. Use Ctrl+V to paste the image in the Paint software. You can save it anywhere you want. You can also paste it directly in office software like PowerPoint. Use Alt+PrtSc to copy the active window only. You can also use the handy snipping tool in Windows Vista, 7, 8 and Windows 10.

Capture Images On Smartphones and Mobile Devices

Capture the screen of a mobile device to demo an app. This captured image is then saved on the device, which you can send to your computer. On an Android device, you can take a picture of the screen by pressing the POWER button together with the HOME button. On some tablets, you have to press the POWER button with the HOME button on the touch screen. On an iOS Apple device, press the HOME button and the POWER button.

Making a PowerPoint to Present Software or Website Usage Demos

Put all the images in the PowerPoint slides. When you present software or website usage demos, make sure to include arrows and boxes where something needs to be pointed out. You can also use animations for these arrows and boxes to help people focus on them. Make sure to indicate steps in numbers. Try to explain steps in images as much as possible.

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