Mac Keynote: Creating Presentations On Your Mac
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Mac Keynote: Creating Presentations On Your Mac

Learn how to build presentations for work, school, online videos or personal projects.
4.7 (112 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
623 students enrolled
Created by Gary Rosenzweig
Last updated 4/2017
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 13 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create and present presentations in Keynote.
  • Learn to build slides with text, images, shapes and other elements.
  • Use arrangement and alignment tools to make better slides.
  • Add video and audio to your presentations.
  • Animate your presentations with transitions and builds.
  • Record presentations and create videos.
  • Find out how to add links to make your presentations interactive.
  • Edit Keynote themes and create your own.
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  • Students should have a basic familiarity with using Mac OS X.

Mac Keynote is a complete course with 50 lessons including short practical examples of how to build interesting and compelling slides. It includes more than three hours of video tutorials and example files.

This course starts with a simple Keynote example. You will build a short presentation using a basic built-in theme. Then you will see how easy it is to present that presentation.

From there, you will move on to learn how to build more complex slides using elements like text, images, shapes, lines, audio and video. You’ll see how to use arrangement and alignment tools to make your own slides look great.

You will also learn about transitions and animation. You’ll see how to add transitions between slides, and to build a slide one element at a time. The course also covers animation using Magic Move and other techniques.

You will then learn more advanced uses for presentations such as creating videos and making stand-alone interactive kiosks. Other advanced techniques covered include altering and making your own themes, printing, and collaborating with others.

Whether you need to use Keynote for work, school, or to create Internet content, this course can get you up to speed fast. It does not assume that you have prior experience with other presentation software. However, if you have used something like PowerPoint in the past, you can also use this course to quickly learn the ins-and-outs of Keynote.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who wants to learn to use Keynote on their Mac, whether it is for work, school or personal projects like slideshows and videos.
Curriculum For This Course
54 Lectures
Getting Started
7 Lectures 21:53

Create a new document by choosing a theme and saving the file.

Preview 01:48

Add slides to your document and populate them with text and images.

Preview 04:07

Continue to add a variety of different types of slides to your presentation.

Preview 04:52

Learn how to rearrange slides using a variety of methods.

Arranging Slides

See the basics of presenting using Keynote.

Slide Elements
21 Lectures 01:37:28

Keynote has built-in tools that make it easy to perfectly align objects on a slide.

Using Alignment Guides

Use alignment guides to arrange a set of objects on a slide.

Alignment Guides Example

Learn how to use text boxes on themed slides and how to add your own text boxes.

Text Basics

Use Text Styles to easily update text fonts, sizes, colors and more across your entire presentation.

Text Styles

Use text boxes to make simple words come alive on a slide.

Text Boxes Example

Learn how to add basic shapes such as rectangles and circles to a slide.


Learn how to add your own images to a slide and adjust them.


Use an image as a background to make the text on a slide more interest.

Preview 04:19

Use an image in a frame to accompany some text.

Images Example 2

Learn how to quickly create a slideshow in Keynote.

Photo Slideshow Example

Learn how to add line shapes to a slide.

Lines, Arrows and Curves

Use connection lines to build a simple flowchart.

Connection Lines Example

Learn how to draw complex sets of lines and curves on a slide.

Drawing Lines

Learn how to use alignment tools, arrangement tools, position properties and other techniques to position and arrange objects on a slide.

Arranging Objects

Learn how to add a table to show a grid of information.


Learn how to add a chart to a slide.


See how a chart can be customized to make a compelling slide.

Charts Example

Learn about interactive charts that can be used to show information with an added dimension.

Interactive Charts

Learn how to add a video to a slide.


Learn how to add an audio segment to a slide or the entire presentation.


See how a bit of audio can be added to individual slides to add an extra voice to your presentation.

Preview 06:00
Transitions and Animation
7 Lectures 30:35

Learn how to add transitions between slides.

Transition Basics

See how some transitions can add to the message of a presentation.

Transitions Example

Learn how transitions on a per-object basis can be used to build the information on a slide

Object Builds

By combining a complex line and the Line Draw transition, you can create simple animation.

Line Draw Example

See how you can build the items in a text field one at a time

Text Builds

Learn how to use Magic Move to create animation between slides.

Magic Move

Watch how Magic Move makes a simple slideshow more interesting.

Magic Move Example
Presenting and Other Topics
10 Lectures 38:06

Learn how to set up your presentation between your Mac’s display and the main presentation display.

Presenter Display

Add notes to your presentation to help you practice or to help you while presenting.

Presenter Notes

Learn how to print your presentation in a variety of formats for review of as handouts.

Printing and PDFs

Learn how to record your voice an actions while presenting to create a video that you can share.

Recording Your Presentation

See how others can review your presentation and add comments.

Using Comments

You can add active hyperlinks to your Keynote presentation that you can use while presenting, or that can be used by others while viewing the presentation.

Adding Links

Learn how to create buttons that link from slide to slide so you can create non-linear presentations.

Slide Links

Learn how to set up a presentation so it can run as a trade show kiosk or other stand-alone station.

Self-Running Kiosks

See how to build a self-running interactive presentation using slide links and the proper document settings.

Slide Links Example

Use your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to control a Mac running Keynote.

iOS Remote Control
Miscellaneous Topics
6 Lectures 34:09

Learn how to edit the master slides of a document to create your own template.

Master Slides

See how you can use master slides to makes changes across a set of similar slides.

Master Slides Example

You can export just the master slides from a presentation to create a new theme. You can add it to the Theme Chooser you see when you create a new document in Keynote, or save it as an external file.

Creating Custom Themes

While Keynote does let you export as a PowerPoint file, you want to be careful and test your exports early and often. There are enough differences between the two apps that you can run into incompatibilities easily.

Exporting To PowerPoint

Learn where to get good quality images for your presentations and how to do it in accordance with copyright laws.

Where To Get Images

Learn how to view and use keyboard shortcuts so you can present like a pro.

Presenting With Keyboard Shortcuts
Keynote Updates
3 Lectures 12:39

Find out about new features:

  • The Object List
  • Dark Mode for Presenter notes
  • Font Replacement
  • Stock and Currency functions in tables
New Features in Version 7.1

See how you can have multiple people edit the same document at the same time.


Learn how to present over the Internet onto others' screens.

Keynote Live
About the Instructor
Gary Rosenzweig
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12,063 Students
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Producer and Host at MacMost, Author, Developer

Gary Rosenzweig is an Internet entrepreneur, software developer, and technology writer. He runs CleverMedia, Inc., which produces websites, computer games, apps, and podcasts.

CleverMedia’s largest site,, features more than 1,000 video tutorials for Apple enthusiasts. It includes many videos on using Macs, iPhones, and iPads. Gary has written more than 30 mass-market computer books, including the best-selling book My iPad, The MacMost Guide to Switching to the Mac, My Pages, ActionScript 3.0 Game Programming University, and Special Edition Using Director MX. He also has self-published titles such as 101 Mac Tips and The Practical Guide to Mac Security.

Gary has a computer science degree from Drexel University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.