Poll with ResponsePads

Learning Statement: In this article you’ll learn how to launch the OMBEA Response software once you have installed it. You’ll then learn how to connect your ResponsePads to your presentation and collect votes.
Audience: This article is aimed at all OMBEA users.

Launch OMBEA Response

  1. Click on the OMBEA Response icon. This will either be on your desktop or in your start menu in a folder called OMBEA Response.
  2. Microsoft PowerPoint will load up and you will see the OMBEA Response ribbon along the top of your screen.

A Common mistake that people make is trying to launch OMBEA Response when Microsoft PowerPoint is already running. Since OMBEA Response launches as part of PowerPoint, you will need to ensure PowerPoint is closed before you double-click on the OMBEA Response Icon.

Connect your ResponseLink Receiver


Your ResponsePads communicate with your presentations via the ResponseLink receiver. The ResponseLink and ResponsePads can be programmed to different channels in order to avoid conflicts but by default they come from the factory already paired up.

OMBEA ResponseLink

Connect your ResponseLink Receiver

  1. Connect your ResponseLink receiver to a spare USB port on your computer.
  2. If you are using Microsoft Windows, your computer will automatically install the drivers, keeping you informed of progress.

Run your presentation with ResponsePads


In OMBEA Response we collect votes from our audience by running our interactive PowerPoint slides in presentation mode.

  1. Run your presentation. We’ve placed a big button on the OMBEA Response ribbon called Start Polling. This button simply starts your presentation at the first slide. You do not have to use this button since PowerPoint offers many ways to start a presentation, and all of them will work.
  2. Advance through your slides using your normal PowerPoint keys.
  3. When you reach a question slide, the OMBEA polling box will appear in the top right hand corner to indicate the number of votes collected. The box will be green to indicate that polling is open.
  4. Invite your audience to vote using their ResponsePads or ResponseApp devices. As they do so, the response counter will rise to indicate the votes coming in.
  5. When you are satisfied that you have enough votes, close polling by pressing your normal PowerPoint advance slide button. This will work with either the space bar, right arrow key, down arrow key, or any presentation remote you are using.
  6. Your chart will appear to show everybody the results of the polling.
  7. Keep advancing through your presentation, collecting votes as you go.
  8. When you have finished presenting, remember to save your data. With OMBEA Response simply save your presentation in the normal way. Your presentation will be saved an an ‘ORS’ file containing both the slides and the voting data. To learn more about saving data and OMBEA’s file types, read our article on Data and Reporting.

We can ask OMBEA Response to simulate votes for us so that we can check our presentation is working as intended, without needing to plug in the receiver and use handsets for voting. Just click Simulated on the OMBEA Response tab.