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Keynote for Windows PCs

  • Published on April 7, 2021
Keynote for Windows PCs

Yes, you can run Apple Keynote on Windows PC computers. The keynote presentation app from Apple was originally designed for Mac OS computers from Apple, and then for the iOS mobile devices including iPhone and iPad but now Keynote can be used on Windows computers. Originally, in order to share Keynote files with Windows PC users, the files needed to be exported to the PowerPoint format but this is no longer required. While Keynote can continue to export files to the PowerPoint format, Windows users can now work directly within Apple Keynote if they prefer. The latest version of Keynote imports PowerPoint PPTX files and exports to the same file format if needed.

Running Keynote on Windows PC

To use Keynote while working on Windows, you need a modern web browser and an Internet connection. Running Keynote on Windows computers uses Apple’s iWork for iCloud apps, which operates in manner similar to Google Docs. The applications run on Apple’s servers, and can be accessed anywhere you have a broadband connection. As such, Keynote can be accessed by Windows users, Chrome users, and Mac users through iCloud. Keynote files can be opened from a Windows computer after they are uploaded to Keynote for iCloud. To start using Keynote on a Windows computer, create an iCloud account. After log-in to iCloud, select Keynote from the start screen and either create a new Keynote file, or upload an existing Keynote file for editing. Making certain that just about any Keynote file will be accessible, file sizes can be up to 1 GB and images of up to 10 MB in size can be inserted into a Keynote presentation. Although it operates in the cloud, the files can be both printed and shared. This online version of Keynote also includes standard text editing with more than 200 different fonts available, along with creating charts, graphs, and tables.

Apple also includes some unique capabilities that take advantage of iCloud. A view-only mode is available to share files with users for viewing but not for editing. You can also share files for editing as well, and even password protected when sharing. Through the document manager Keynote displays a list of all presentations that have been shared for either viewing or editing.

Learning Keynote

If you need to learn Keynote, whether you are working on a Mac, iOS, or Windows device, American Graphics Institute offers regularly scheduled public Keynote classes and private Keynote training. Whether you are standardizing on Keynote across a sales and marketing organization, or are learning Keynote for personal use, there are different options available.

Keynote Collaboration

As with Google Docs, collaboration is greatly improved when using the online version of Keynote on Windows PC, Mac, iOS, or Android computer. Up to 100 users can collaborate on a Keynote presentation, and all collaborators working on a presentation can be displayed, along with their cursors and edits. If 100 people are collaborating on a Keynote presentation, it may quickly become a case of too many cooks in the kitchen, and you may quickly want to limit the presentation using the password-protection options.

Keynote Collaboration is improved for those working with a global audience, as the application menus and commands are available in seven languages.

In addition to the cloud based iWork applications, dedicated versions of Keynote remain available for both MacOS and iOS computers.


About the author

Christopher Smith is president of American Graphics Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the publisher and editor of the Digital Classroom book series, which have sold more than one million copies. At American Graphics Institute, he provides strategic technology consulting to marketing professionals, publishers and to large technology companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, and HP. An expert on web analytics and digital marketing, he delivers Google Analytics classes along with workshops on digital marketing topics. He is also the author of more than 10 books on electronic publishing tools and technologies, including the Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies. Christopher did his undergraduate studies the at the University of Minnesota, and then worked for Quark, Inc. prior to joining American Graphics Institute where he has worked for 20 years.