Microsoft Surface Earbuds helps you to manage PowerPoint content

Microsoft Surface Earbuds

Microsoft Surface Earbuds currently provides a facility to manage PowerPoint presentations using gesture controls. With the latest development, Microsoft Surface Earbuds is not limited to listening music and answering phone calls.

Microsoft has expanded the use-case of the Surface Earbuds in such a way that it works with other products. The new feature is currently available for Microsoft Office Insiders who are running PowerPoint using Windows Version 2004 Build 12730.20270 or later. You will be able to remotely and wirelessly keep track of the PowerPoint presentations using Surface Earbuds.

Commenting on the development, Microsoft disclosed that the new capability will be useful for parents since they can easily work with their kid’s presentations. Moreover, people are using Earbuds to control presentations during daily meetings. The product team said that if you forget your clicker or don’t have one unit, then the Microsoft Earbuds have got you covered.

Establishing connectivity

To work with this new functionality, you should pair the Surface Earbuds via Bluetooth in the Surface Audio app for Windows. You should then press the F5 button to start the presentation. You can also navigate to Slide Show | From Beginning to control PowerPoint presentations. You should right-click on the slide from within the Slide Show mode. Finally, you need to choose “Use Gestures to Control Presentation” option under Surface Earbuds settings. Microsoft Office will automatically remember the setting for all the future presentations.

Managing PowerPoint Presentations

To manage PowerPoint presentations using Surface Earbuds, you just need to swipe forward and backward on the left earbud. You can double-tap to play or pause videos that are integrated in your PowerPoint presentation. If you are unable to view the option for settings in slide show, you should make sure that you have paired your earbuds via the Surface Audio app.

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You should try to locate LE Surface Earbuds under “Other devices” section of “Windows Bluetooth & other devices” settings. You need not have to place the Surface Earbuds in your ears to manage PowerPoint presentations using gestures support. You can only control the presentations using left earbuds.

You should note that you will not be able to hear system audio while making use of the Earbuds to manage presentations. However, you can hear system audio by disabling the feature by right-clicking on a slide while in Slide Show mode.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at

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