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.

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  • Would this work with my 2010 Unibody (white) MacBook?
    – Moshe
    Commented Mar 19, 2012 at 8:27
  • If it has an IR receiver, yes.
    – Michiel
    Commented Mar 19, 2012 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. apple.stackexchange.com/q/44372/5472
    – bmike
    Commented Mar 19, 2012 at 13:48
  • The white mid 2010 MacBook comes without an IR receiver.
    – guwac
    Commented Oct 24, 2012 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
    Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 0:14

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