Keynote: Print Slides in Columns

   Posted February 6, 2008 by David Kirk in Apple Mac

Printing nine slides per printed page is a common way of making handouts from powerpoint or keynote presentations. In Keynote, finding this printing option is difficult. Here is where to find it…

I have been a long time powerpoint user. Typically finding my way around keynote, however, has been very comfortable. I typically create my handouts with 9 slides per page. It took me longer than it should to figure out how to do this with keynote.

1. Click Print

2. For some people, the options listed under Handout will suffice. Under Handout, more than 6 slides per page is not an option. This is where most people get stuck.

3. Instead select Individual Slides and customize the options on how you would like each slide to appear…

4. Next, next the dropbox to Layout as shown below. Select how many slides per sheet you wish to print.

5. Select the appropriate printing output based on need — Print, Preview, or PDF


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David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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  • chaz

    Thanks 😀

  • Derek

    Thanks. I almost bought Microsoft Office just because I didn’t know how to print two columns of slides with Keynote. Doi…

  • Shane

    If any one is still having problems like I did then follow the steps but instead of printing click PDF and in the drop down menu select save as PDF – save it quickly on your desktop (this file will only be used for printing)
    open the file in finder, It will open in preview with multiple slides on each page and then print from there.
    hope this helps 🙂

  • brynn

    ahhh! thank you SO MUCH!

  • Antz

    thanks. for Apple being known to be easy, this step is somewhat confusing (though logical) but unnecessary.

  • Shalini Bahl, PhD

    Thank you – that was helpful. The handout option was hidden when I choose print and I had to open my print out option more to see the handout option.

  • Pat

    Thank you! This helps a lot. (You’re low on ink btw) 😉


  • C-Cat

    Very helpful, thanks for saving me time, now I can study more! You da man!

  • Michael

    Excellent. I knew I would find someone to explain this. I did get stuck on that first step, as you suggested. Thanks a bunch.

  • NicoleFeldman

    Thank you so much!!! I have had my mac since September and have been struggling with this since then! You are a life-saver tonight!

  • Victoria

    Thanks! This helps the only question i have is… with this is there anyway to add presenter notes? thanks 🙂