Using the on-screen Pen to Draw on Video & Live Screen

With the on screen pen of Presentation Pointer, you can draw on a “live” screen. For example you can write or draw on a video as it was playing, draw lines and shapes on any application to point out whatabouts and whereabouts of the things you are demonstrating.

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How to write or draw on live screen?

Launch Presentation Pointer and you will see the settings window opened. Click the Live Draw button and so you can activate the on screen pen. As it switches on, you can hold down the <Ctrl> key and then move the mouse to draw on the screen.

desktop pen


The Live Drawing can be operated in two different modes: Standalone or together with the Highlight mouse Pointer effect. The first mode means, you can make the Live Drawing independently controllably. The latter mode means the Live Drawing will automatically be toggled whenever the Pointer effect is toggled.

By default, you should see the Ctrl + F11 key assigned as hot key, which means that pressing Ctrl + F11 once activates the desktop pen, allows you to do live drawing. Pressing the same key again deactivates it.

How to Live Draw on Screen?

Use four keyboard buttons and mouse to control:

  • Press <Ctrl> twice to cycles through shapes (Free, Line, Rectangle, Ellipse)
  • Press <Shift> twice to cycles through colors (Red, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Blue)
  • Hold down <Ctrl> you will see what the shape and color it is now
  • Hold down <Ctrl> and then move the mouse to draw on screen, together with the <Shift> to draw arrow lines or solid shapes
  • Hold down <Ctrl + Alt> to erase marks. Press <Esc> twice to clear all

You can also select what shape to draw like the figure below.

draw shapes on screen


Options Description & Use
Pen Size The on screen pen size in pixels while drawing on video.
Opacity This controls the amount of dimming for drawings in percent. The higher the value, the more opaque the background. The lower the value, the more transparent the drawings become.
Color The on-screen pen color
Clear Hotkey Press this hotkey to clear all drawings.

Presentation Pointer Step by Step Tutorials

Title Category Format
01: Getting Started Getting Started Series Written
02: Highlight mouse pointer cursor during presentations Presenting Series Written
03: Mouse Clicks Visible Effect Presenting Series Written
04: Display Keystrokes to Make It More Understandable for Tutorials Presenting Series Written
05: Using the on-screen pen to draw on video & live screen Presenting Series Written
06: Live zoom in computer screen on Windows Presenting Series Written
07: Demo of Presentation Pointer Presenting Series Video
Presentation Pointer Documentation Reference PDF


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Quick info

Presentation Pointer lets you:

  • Grab your audience's attention and focus!
  • Highlight mouse pointer that makes it easy for your audience to follow your actions on the screen.
  • Add more visual and audible mouse click effects.
  • Use the screen pen to draw freely on the screen but not lock the screen.
  • Display Keystrokes to make it more understandable for your audience.
  • And so much more...
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