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Is it possible to use the Apple remote to control Keynote presentations? How so? I have a mid-2010 white plastic unibody MacBook. (I've been told that this isn't supported, but perhaps there are third party solutions.)

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Yes - although most people are using the iOS based Keynote Remote these days, the old infrared (which is very thin / physically touchable and very reliable in dark rooms and easily hidden in a hand) works just fine.

The Keynote '09 help shows what functions the various buttons will perform when you are in the various modes: Keynote window itself, presentation mode and slide switcher mode.

Apple Remote

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Would this work with my 2010 Unibody (white) MacBook? – Moshe Mar 19 '12 at 8:27
If it has an IR receiver, yes. – Michiel Mar 19 '12 at 8:49
Check your user manual (or system_profiler) to be sure, but my information shows unibody MacBooks do not have IR Receivers, so you would need an external one. – bmike Mar 19 '12 at 13:48
The white mid 2010 MacBook comes without an IR receiver. – guwac Oct 24 '12 at 0:07
@guwac These mira receivers work well in my experience if a specific Mac lacks infrared receivers as a built-in option. – bmike Oct 24 '12 at 0:14

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