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How To Use Any Clicker With Figma Presentations (mac)

Abel Hancock
Apr 1, 2019 · 2 min read

Hey friends. No time for chit-chat today. You are trying present slides in Figma and your clicker isn’t… clicking. Good news, this is an easy fix!

If you’re more of a visual learner, skip straight to the video.

Here’s how this is gonna go down

We are going to use Karabiner — Elements to hijack the incoming keystrokes from your clicker and translate them to ←left arrow and right arrow→ to toggle Figma slides.

You will need:

Step 1: Setup your Figma presentation/prototype

If you need help setting up a prototype in Figma checkout their documentation

Tip: If no prototype is setup slides will play from TOP TO BOTTOM, LEFT TO RIGHT

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figma prototype example

Step 2: Download and install the Karabiner-Elements

Available here

Karabiner installs both their Elements and Event Viewer apps by default. In this case, we will only be using Karabiner — Elements to map the clicker keys.

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karabiner website

Step 3: Map the keys of your clicker to left_arrow and right_arrow

This is where the magic happens! Open Karabiner — Elements and:

  1. Select your device from the “Target Device:” dropdown
  2. Determine what keys your clicker is… well… clicking. If you have trouble with this the Karabiner — Event Viewer app comes in handy to show what keys are being triggered
  1. Map the clicker key (From key) to the corresponding arrow direction (To key)

(optional) Choose an arbitrary clicker key to map to “r” for restarting your presentation

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karabiner settings for logitech r400

That’s it!

You should be all ready to use your clicker or remote with a Figma presentation.

Video Demo

If you run into problems or have questions hit me up on twitter

Originally posted by Abel Hancock at liferay.design/articles on March 27, 2019.

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