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Use keyboard shortcuts to create PowerPoint presentations

Many users find that using an external keyboard with keyboard shortcuts for PowerPoint helps them work more efficiently. For users with mobility or vision disabilities, keyboard shortcuts can be easier than using the touchscreen and are an essential alternative to using a mouse.

For a separate list of shortcuts to use while delivering your presentation, go to Use keyboard shortcuts to deliver PowerPoint presentations .

The shortcuts in this topic refer to the US keyboard layout. Keys for other layouts might not correspond exactly to the keys on a US keyboard.

A plus sign (+) in a shortcut means that you need to press multiple keys at the same time.

A comma sign (,) in a shortcut means that you need to press multiple keys in order.

This article describes the keyboard shortcuts you can use in PowerPoint for Windows when creating or editing presentations.

To quickly find a shortcut in this article, you can use the Search. Press Ctrl+F and then type your search words.

If an action that you use often does not have a shortcut key, you can add it to the Quick Access Toolbar to create one. For instructions, refer to  Use a keyboard to customize the Quick Access Toolbar .

Get the PowerPoint 2016 keyboard shortcuts in a Word document at this link: PowerPoint 2016 for Windows keyboard shortcuts .

In this topic

Frequently used shortcuts, work with presentations and slides, work with objects and text, copy objects and text, work in objects and text, select text, delete text, move around in text, find and replace text, format text, work with tables, move a slide.

Work with views and panes

Work with the Selection pane

Work with the task pane, ribbon keyboard shortcuts, open the ribbon tabs, work in the ribbon with the keyboard, other useful ribbon keyboard shortcuts, custom keyboard shortcuts.

The following table itemizes the most frequently used shortcuts in PowerPoint.

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Tip:  To select multiple objects with the keyboard, use the Selection Pane . For more information refer to  Manage objects with the Selection Pane .

Before using these keyboard shortcuts, select the text you want to format.

Create a bulleted list using different styles

Do one of the following:

To create a list that uses filled round bullets, press the Asterisk sign (*).

To create a list that uses hyphens, press the Minus sign (-).

To create a list that uses arrow bullets, press the Right angle bracket (>).

To create a list that uses diamonds, press Left angle bracket (<) + Right angle bracket (>).

To create a list that uses arrows, press two minus signs (-) + Right angle bracket (>).

To create a list that uses double arrows, press the Equal sign ( = ) + Right angle bracket (>).

Press Spacebar.

Type the list item, and then press Enter.

The ribbon groups related options on tabs. For example, on the Home tab, the Paragraph group includes the Bullets option. Press the Alt key to display the ribbon shortcuts, called Key Tips, as letters in small images next to the tabs and options.

Excel ribbon key tips.

You can combine the Key Tips letters with the Alt key to make shortcuts called Access Keys for the ribbon options. For example, press Alt+H to open the Home tab, and Alt+Q to move to the Tell me or Search field. Press Alt again to see KeyTips for the options on the selected tab.

In Office 2010, most of the old Alt key menu shortcuts still work, too. However, you need to know the full shortcut. For example, press Alt, and then press one of the old menu keys E (Edit), V (View), I (Insert), and so on. A notification pops up saying you're using an access key from an earlier version of Microsoft 365. If you know the entire key sequence, go ahead and use it. If you don't know the sequence, press Esc and use Key Tips instead.

To go directly to a tab on the ribbon, press one of the following access keys. Additional tabs might appear depending on your selection in the presentation.

Note:  Add-ins and other programs might add new tabs to the ribbon and might provide access keys for those tabs.

To assign custom keyboard shortcuts to menu items, recorded macros, and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code in PowerPoint, you must use a third-party add-in, such as Shortcut Manager for PowerPoint, which is available from OfficeOne .

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Screen reader support for PowerPoint

Use keyboard shortcuts to deliver PowerPoint presentations

Basic tasks to create a presentation in PowerPoint with a screen reader

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate PowerPoint

This article describes the keyboard shortcuts you can use in PowerPoint for macOS when creating or editing presentations.

The settings in some versions of the Mac operating system (OS) and some utility applications can conflict with keyboard shortcuts and function key operations in Microsoft 365 for Mac. For information about changing the key assignment of a keyboard shortcut, refer to the Mac Help for your version of the macOS, your utility application, or refer to Change a conflicting keyboard shortcut on Mac .

If you don't find a keyboard shortcut here that meets your needs, you can create a custom keyboard shortcut. For instructions, go to Create a custom keyboard shortcut for Office for Mac .

Many of the shortcuts that use the Ctrl key on a Windows keyboard also work with the Control key in PowerPoint on Mac. However, not all do.

To quickly find a shortcut in this article, you can use the Search. Press Command+F, and then type your search words.

Work with tables

Other useful shortcut keys.

The following table itemizes the most frequently used shortcuts in PowerPoint for Mac.

Format text

Type the list item, and then press Return.

Work with views and panes

Screen reader support for PowerPoint

This article describes the keyboard shortcuts in PowerPoint for iOS when creating or editing presentations.

If you're familiar with keyboard shortcuts on your macOS computer, the same key combinations work with PowerPoint for iOS using an external keyboard, too.

To quickly find a shortcut, you can use the Search. Press Command+F and then type your search words.

Frequently used shortcuts on iPad

Navigate in PowerPoint for iPad

Move the insertion point within placeholders and notes on iPad

Select content on ipad, edit and format presentations on iphone, navigate and select within a text box on iphone.

This table shows the most frequently used shortcuts for PowerPoint for iPad.

Navigate in PowerPoint for iPad

PowerPoint for iPad is a mobile application, so the keyboard shortcuts and navigation might be different from those in desktop versions of PowerPoint.

To move through the options, press Shift+Right arrow key until the focus is on the ribbon, and then press the Right or Left arrow key. To select an option, press ⌘+Option+Spacebar.

To move the focus to different areas in PowerPoint for iPad (from the ribbon to the thumbnail pane, for example), place the focus on a button, and then press Shift+Right arrow key to move forward or Shift+Left arrow key to move backward.

This article describes the keyboard shortcuts in PowerPoint for Android when creating or editing presentations.

Note:  To quickly find a shortcut, you can use the Search. Press Ctrl+F and then type your search words.

Edit and format the presentation

This article describes the keyboard shortcuts you can use in PowerPoint for the web on Windows when creating or editing presentations.

If you use Narrator with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you have to turn off scan mode in order to edit documents, spreadsheets, or presentations with Microsoft 365 for the web. For more information, refer to Turn off virtual or browse mode in screen readers in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update .

To quickly find a shortcut, you can use the Search. Press Ctrl+F and then type your search words.

When you use PowerPoint for the web, we recommend that you use Microsoft Edge as your web browser. Because PowerPoint for the web runs in your web browser, the keyboard shortcuts are different from those in the desktop program. For example, you’ll use Ctrl+F6 instead of F6 for jumping in and out of the commands. Also, common shortcuts like F1 (Help) and Ctrl+O (Open) apply to the web browser – not PowerPoint for the web.

Work with objects and text

Work with comments

Navigate with only the keyboard, navigate the ribbon and panes.

The following table provides the shortcuts that you'll likely use often in PowerPoint for the web.

Tip:  To quickly create a new presentation in PowerPoint for the web, open your browser, type PowerPoint.new or ppt.new in the address bar, and then press Enter.

Except for the shortcut for adding a new comment, the keyboard shortcuts listed below work only when the Comments pane is open and in focus.

To move the focus to different parts and areas of PowerPoint for the web (from the ribbon to the thumbnail pane, for example) and in and out of the content of a slide, press Ctrl+F6 (forward) or press Ctrl+Shift+F6 (backward). To navigate options and controls in PowerPoint for the web, press the Tab key to move forward, press Shift+Tab to move backward, and press Enter to select.

Tip:  To quickly perform an action while in the Editing mode, press Alt+Q. The focus moves to the Search or  Tell Me search field. Then type the action or option you want. Press the Up arrow key or Down arrow key until you find the option, and then press Enter to select it.

The ribbon is the strip at the top of the PowerPoint for the web window. The ribbon is organized by tabs. Each tab displays a different set of tools and functions, made up of groups, and each group includes one or more options. To move the focus to the ribbon, press Alt+Period (.) or Alt+Windows logo key. You can also press Ctrl+F6 repeatedly until the ribbon has the focus.

Other shortcuts for using the ribbon include the following:

To move between tabs, use the Right and Left arrow keys.

To access the ribbon for the currently selected tab, press the Tab key once.

To move between options on the ribbon, use the Right and Left arrow keys.

Options are activated in different ways, depending on the type of the option:

If the selected option is a button or split button, press Spacebar or Enter to activate it.

If the selected option is a list (such as the Font list), to open the list, press Alt+Down arrow key. Then, to move between items, press the Up or Down arrow key. When the focus is on the item you want, press Enter to select it.

If the selected option is a gallery, press the Tab key to go to the More option for the gallery and then, to open the gallery, press Enter. Press the Tab key to move through the items, and then press Enter to select one.

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All the best microsoft powerpoint keyboard shortcuts.

Even if you’re familiar with Microsoft PowerPoint, you might be surprised by the number and variety of keyboard shortcuts you can use to speed up your work and generally make things more convenient.

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General program shortcuts, selecting and navigating text, objects, and slides, formatting and editing, helpful slideshow shortcuts.

Now, does anyone expect you to memorize all these keyboard combos? Of course not! Everyone’s needs are different, so some will be more useful to you than others. And even if you pick up a few new tricks, it’s worth it. We’ve also tried to keep the list clean and simple, so go ahead and print it that helps!

Also, even though our list of shortcuts here is pretty long, it’s by no means a complete list of every keyboard combo available in PowerPoint. We’ve tried to keep it to the more generally useful shortcuts. And, you’ll be happy to know that almost all of these shortcuts have been around for a long time, so they should be helpful no matter what version of PowerPoint you’re using.

Note: We present keyboard combos using the following convention. A plus means you should press those keys together. A comma means you should press keys in sequence. So, for example, "Ctrl+N" means to hold down the Ctrl key while pressing the N key and then release both keys. On the other hand, "Alt+N,P" means you should hold the Alt key down, press the N key, release the N key, press the P key, and then release all keys.

First, let's review some general keyboard shortcuts for opening, closing, and switching between presentations, as well as navigating the Ribbon.

  • Ctrl+N: Create a new presentation
  • Ctrl+O: Open an existing presentation
  • Ctrl+S: Save a presentation
  • F12 or Alt+F2: Open the Save As dialog box
  • Ctrl+W or Ctrl+F4: Close a presentation
  • Ctrl+Q: Save and close a presentation
  • Ctrl+Z: Undo an action
  • Ctrl+Y: Redo an action
  • Ctrl+F2: Print Preview View
  • F1: Open the Help pane
  • Alt+Q: Go to the “Tell me what you want to do” box
  • F7: Check spelling
  • Alt or F10: Turn key tips on or off
  • Ctrl+F1: Show or hide the ribbon
  • Ctrl+F: Search in a presentation or use Find and Replace
  • Alt+F: Open the File tab menu
  • Alt+H: Go to the Home tab
  • Alt+N: Open the Insert tab
  • Alt+G: Open the Design tab
  • Alt+K: Go to the Transitions tab
  • Alt+A: Go to the Animations tab
  • Alt+S: Go to the Slide Show tab
  • Alt+R: Go to the Review tab
  • Alt+W: Go to View tab
  • Alt+X: Go to the Add-ins tab
  • Alt+Y: Go to the Help tab
  • Ctrl+Tab: Switch between open presentations

You can use keyboard shortcuts to navigate throughout your presentation easily. Try these shortcuts for quick and easy ways to select text within text boxes, objects on your slides, or slides in your presentation.

  • Ctrl+A: Select all text in a text box, all objects on a slide, or all slides in a presentation (for the latter, click on a slide thumbnail first)
  • Tab: Select or move to the next object on a slide
  • Shift+Tab: Select or move to the previous object on a slide
  • Home: Go to the first slide, or from within a text box, go to the beginning of the line
  • End: Go to the last slide, or from within a text box, go to the end of the line
  • PgDn: Go to the next slide
  • PgUp: Go the previous slide
  • Ctrl+Up/Down Arrow: Move a slide up or down in your presentation (click on a slide thumbnail first)
  • Ctrl+Shift+Up/Down Arrow: Move a slide to the beginning or end of your presentation (click on a slide thumbnail first)

The following keyboard shortcuts will save you time so you can edit and format in a snap!

  • Ctrl+X: Cut selected text, selected object(s), or selected slide(s)
  • Ctrl+C or Ctrl+Insert: Copy selected text, selected object(s), or selected slide(s)
  • Ctrl+V or Shift+Insert: Paste selected text, selected object(s), or selected slide(s)
  • Ctrl+Alt+V: Open the Paste Special dialog box
  • Delete: Remove selected text, selected object(s), or selected slide(s)
  • Ctrl+B: Add or remove bold to selected text
  • Ctrl+I: Add or remove italics to selected text
  • Ctrl+U: Add or remove underline to selected text
  • Ctrl+E: Center a paragraph
  • Ctrl+J: Justify a paragraph
  • Ctrl+L: Left align a paragraph
  • Ctrl+R: Right align a paragraph
  • Ctrl+T: Open the Font dialog box when text or object is selected
  • Alt+W,Q: Open the Zoom dialog box to change the zoom for the slide
  • Alt+N,P: Insert a picture
  • Alt+H,S,H: Insert a shape
  • Alt+H,L: Select a slide layout
  • Ctrl+K: Insert a hyperlink
  • Ctrl+M: Insert a new slide
  • Ctrl+D: Duplicate the selected object or slide (for the latter, click on a slide thumbnail first)

When you're ready to start a presentation, the following keyboard combos should come in handy.

  • F5: Start the presentation from the beginning
  • Shift+F5: Start the presentation from the current slide (this one is great when you want to test out how the slide your currently working on will look in your presentation)
  • Ctrl+P: Annotate with the Pen tool during a slideshow
  • N or Page Down: Advance to the next slide during a slideshow
  • P or Page Up:  Return to the previous slide during a slide show
  • B: Change the screen to black during a slideshow; press B again to return to the slideshow
  • Esc: End the slideshow

The more you use keyboard shortcuts, the easier they are to remember. And no one expects you to memorize all of them. Hopefully, you've found a few new ones you can use to make your life in Excel a little better.

Need more help with keyboard shortcuts? You can access Help anytime by pressing F1. This opens a Help pane and allows you to search for help on any topic. Search for "keyboard shortcuts" to learn more.

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Top 50 PowerPoint Shortcuts for Consultants (and the best ways to use them)

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Unlike most shortcut lists, this list focuses on using PowerPoint how it’s actually used at places like McKinsey , Bain , and BCG . You won’t find any shortcuts for adding clipart into your presentation, or adding slide transitions. Instead, you’ll learn the exact PowerPoint shortcuts that top-tier consultants actually use to build world-class presentations for their clients.

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Shortcut #1 | Undo / Redo

This first one might be a bit boring, but it’s still incredibly useful. To use it, just hit  Control Z  to undo your last action and  Control Y  to redo the same action. 

PC: Control + Z / Y Mac: Command + Z / Y

Shortcut #2 | Quick Copy

This one lets you quickly copy an object.  Select the object, then hold control and drag it away with your mouse . You can do this as many times as you want, and this can be faster than hitting Control C to copy and Control V to paste (or Control D to duplicate).

Pro tip: Combine this with Shortcut #8 to duplicate objects in a straight line. 

PC: Control + Mouse Click Mac: Control + Mouse Click

Shortcut #3 | Select All (texts, objects, or slides)

Hit  Control A  to select all the objects, slides, or text in a given area. This can be useful when wanting to make a change to multiple things at once (too obvious?). 

Pro tip: Combine this with shortcut #7 to make quick font size changes to your text, even if that text is in different boxes. 

PC: Control + A Mac: Command + A

Shortcut #4 | Open Align / Distribute / Group Menu

This is actually less of a shortcut and more of a group of shortcuts. Hit  Alt, H, G, then A  to open up a full menu of incredibly useful shortcuts that let you align, distribute, and group objects on your slide (incredibly helpful for data or text heavy slides).

Pro tip: Add this shortcut to your Quick Access Toolbar to save even more time. 

PC: Alt + H + G + A Mac: Not Available

Shortcut #5 | Copy / Paste Formatting

Just like you would copy and paste a whole object, this shortcut lets you copy just the formatting of an object. Hit  Control + Shift + C  to copy the formatting of an object, then  Control + Shift + V  to paste the formatting onto another object.  

Pro tip: Use this to ensure consistency across your presentation.

Super pro tip: Use this when two objects look just slightly different, but you don’t want to go looking for the problem (e.g. margins are incrementally different). 

PC: Control + Shift + C / V Mac: Command + Shift + C / V

Shortcut #6 | Select Multiple Objects

Quickly select multiple objects on your slide by  holding the   Control Key and clicking on each object. 

Pro Tip: Use Control + A to select all the objects on a slide, then hold the Control key and “Deselect” the objects you don’t need.

PC: Control + Mouse Click Mac: Command + Mouse Click

Shortcut #7 | Increase / Decrease Font size

Quickly increase the font size of your text by hitting  Control + Shift + >  and decrease your font size by hitting  Control + Shift + <.  This isn’t the only shortcut to change your font size, but it’s definitely the most intuitive (“greater than” sign means a bigger font, “less than” sign means a smaller one). 

Pro tip: Use this to bring all font sizes up one level (even for text that is at different sizes). 

PC: Control + Shift + > / < Mac: Command + Shift + > / <

Shortcut #8 | Move Shape Directly up or Across

Use this one to make sure your objects stay on the same horizontal or vertical line. When moving the object, just  hold Shift  and it will move in an exact straight line. Even if you push the Shift key after you’ve moved the object, it will snap into place (like magic!). 

Pro tip: combine this with shortcut #2 and quickly copy your objects in a straight line. 

PC: Shift + Mouse Click Mac: Shift + Mouse Click

Shortcut #9 | Enter / Exit Shape

When you have a shape selected, PowerPoint won’t let you edit the text unless you are “inside” that shape (definitely not the technical term). Enter the shape by hitting  F2 , and exit the shape (while keeping it selected) by hitting  Esc . 

Semi-pro tip: Use the Enter key instead of F2 if that’s more intuitive. 

Pro tip: Use the same shortcut combination in Excel to enter and exit cells. 

PC: Enter / F2 / Esc Mac: Enter / F2 / Esc

Shortcut #10 | Duplicate Slide

Quickly duplicate your slide by hitting  Control + Shift + D.

Pro Tip: Use it to duplicate your slide even if you have other objects on your slide selected.

Super Pro Tip: Duplicate your slide multiple times while building a deck to give yourself multiple versions to compare and revert back to.

PC: Control + Shift + D Mac: Command + Shift + D

Shortcut #11 | Highlight Sentence / Word

Once you start using this one you will wonder how you did without it. Just hold the  Control, Shift, and Arrow Keys  to highlight words or sentences quickly. 

Pro tip: Use the Down Arrow to highlight the whole paragraph. 

PC: Control + Shift + Arrow Mac: Command + Shift + Arrow

Shortcut #12 | Next / Previous Slide

If you already have an object selected, hitting the down arrow will just move that object. But if you’d like to move to the next slide, use the  Page Down  key to get there (even if something else is selected). Likewise, use the  Page Up  key to go to a previous slide. 

Pro tip: If you work in a job that requires heavy use of PowerPoint (or Excel), buy a keyboard that has easy-to-access Page Up, Page Down, Home, and End keys. 

PC: Page Up / Page Down Mac: Fn + Up / Down Arrow

Shortcut #13 | Copy / Paste ‘

This is a classic shortcut that works in many other applications outside of PowerPoint. Just hit  Control C  to copy an object or text, then  Control V  to paste. 

Pro tip: If you’re just copying a single object on a slide, use shortcut #2 it’s much faster! 

PC: Control + C / V Mac: Command + C / V

Shortcut #14 | Group / Ungroup

Hard to really show the value of this shortcut here (check out our  advanced courses  for that). But when used correctly this one can really help your slide building efficiency, while making for a much cleaner slide.

Just hit  Control + G  to group multiple objects, or  Control + Shift+ G  to ungroup the objects. 

PC: Control + (Shift) + G Mac: Command + Option (Shift) + G

Shortcut #15 | End Slide Show

This is an easy one. When in Presentation mode, just hit the  ESC  key to exit the presentation.

Pro tip: Check out shortcuts 21, 47, and 48 for more presentation tips!  

PC: Esc Mac: Esc

Shortcut #16 | Repeat Previous Command

This shortcut is a sneaky one. Yes, it can be good for repeating your previous command (just hit  F4) . But it’s best used when copying multiple objects one after another because it will space them apart perfectly.

Pro tip: Use this in combination with shortcuts #2 and #8. 

Super pro tip: Check out  this post  to watch this shortcut used in action! 

PC: F4 Mac: Command + Y

Shortcut #17 | Resize Object

Quickly and easily change the size of your shapes using this simple keyboard shortcut. Just  hold the shift key and use the arrows  to resize horizontally and vertically.

This one is especially helpful because it lets you resize objects from the center (i.e. it doesn’t move the box in only one direction).

PC: Shift + Arrow Key Mac: Shift + Arrow Key

Shortcut #18 | Duplicate Object

In case you decide not to use Shortcut #2, this one can be useful for duplicating objects quickly, especially if you’re trying to duplicate a single object multiple times. To use it, just hit  Control + D.

PC: Control + D Mac: Command + D

Shortcut #19 | Open Text Box Option

Shortcut #19 is what we call a ribbon shortcut, where you’re actually just accessing a command in the ribbon. To open the text box options, hit  Alt + H + AT + O . There you’ll find various options for adjusting your margins, vertical alignment, and more. 

Pro tip: To close the box, just hit Control + Spacebar and then C (two separate actions). Sometimes you need to have the box in focus first by hitting F6. 

PC:    Alt + H + AT + O Mac: Command + Options + M

Shortcut #20 | Save

Before the introduction of Autosave, this shortcut was critical. Now it’s less important, but can still be really handy for those who prefer to have Autosave turned off (including some Analyst Academy instructors!). To save your presentation just hit  Control S.  

PC: Control + S Mac: Command + S

Shortcut #21 | Start Presentation from Current Slide

Hit  Shift + F5  to start the presentation from the slide you’re working on. This can be handy when you need to quickly check how the slide you’re editing looks in Presentation View.

PC: Shift +F5 Mac: Shift +F5

Shortcut #22 | Start Presentation from Beginning

Similar to shortcut #21, this one lets you quickly jump into Presentation View. Just hit  F5  (no Shift key need) and you’ll be on your way. 

PC: F5 Mac: F5

Shortcut #23 | Bold / Underline / Italicize

Most people are familiar with this dynamic trio. Hit  Control B  to bold,  Control U  to underline, and  Control I  to italicize your text. 

PC: Control + B / U / I Mac: Command + B / U / I

Shortcut #24 | Enter Slide Sorter View

If you are doing a lot of storyboarding or if you’re trying to make sure the flow of your presentation looks good, Slide Sorter View is a really easy way to make that happen. Just hit  A lt, V, D  to be able to quickly change the order of the slides in your deck. 

PC: Alt + V + D Mac: Command + 2

Shortcut #25 | Make a Straight Line

Make your lines completely straight by  holding the Shift key  when adding them to your slide and avoid untidy slides that would disappoint your mother.

Pro tip: Add the “Insert Line” command to your Quick Access Toolbar for… wait for it… quicker access.

PC: New Line + Shift Mac: New Line + Shift 

Shortcut #26 | Insert New Slide

Avoid using your mouse by hitting  Control + M  to insert a new slide. Note: the slide will be created from the template you already have in place. 

PC: Control + M Mac: Control + M

Shortcut #27 | Find / Replace

Use this handy shortcut to find and replace words throughout your deck. Hit  Control + F  to search the presentation, or hit  Control + H  to find  and  replace. 

Pro tip: use this to search for sensitive data before sharing the deck with clients or other stakeholders. 

PC: Control + F / H Mac: Control + F / H

Shortcut #28 | Left / Right / Center Align Paragraph

This shortcut is really three shortcuts in one. Use it to Left, Right, or Center align your text with the shortcuts  Control + L, Control + R, or Control + E. 

PC: Control + L / R / E Mac: Control + L / R / E

Shortcut #29 | Move Slide

With the slide selected in the Navigation Pane, just  hold the Control key while selecting the up or down arrows.  Use this shortcut to quickly navigate through the presentation without having to use the mouse or enter Slide Sorter view.

PC: Control + Up / Down Mac: Command + Up / Down

Shortcut #30 | Zoom In / Out

This shortcut finally lets you put that mouse wheel to use! Just  hold the Control key and scroll the mouse wheel  to zoom in or out. 

Pro tip: Zoom out to assess the overall look and design of your slide. Zoom in to make pixel-perfect micro adjustments (it will zoom in on whatever object you have selected).

PC: Control + Mouse Wheel Mac: Command + Mouse Wheel 

Shortcut #31 | Hide Ribbon

This shortcut is less well known but can be really handy in the right situation. Just hit  Control + F1  to hide the ribbon completely. Use it to increase your workable area if you’re working on a design-heavy slide, or if you just don’t like looking at the ribbon!  

PC: Control + F1 Mac: Option + Command + R 

Shortcut #32 | Create Footnote

Simultaneously hitting the  Control, Shift,  and  Equals Sign  keys (AKA Control and the Plus Sign) will let you create footnotes quickly and easily. No more searching for footnotes and copying them into your presentation! 

PC: Control + Shift + = Mac: Command + Shift + =

Shortcut #33 | Open Slide Master View

Enter into Slide Master view by using the ribbon shortcut:  Alt, W, M.  This lets you edit the underlying structure of your presentation and can be a real timesaver if you use it right. Check out our  Advanced PowerPoint  course to learn how you can really use this feature to your advantage! 

PC: Alt + W + M Mac: Command + Option + 1

Shortcut #34 | Send Objects Backward / Forward

This shortcut is a bit difficult to understand without really diving into the layering feature of PowerPoint, but essentially it allows you to move the objects on your slide on top of or below each other. Just hit  Control + Shift + [  to move backwards, and  Control + Shift + ]  to move forwards. 

Pro tip: If you forget this shortcut, just right click on the object and select from the menu options. 

PC: Control + Shift + ] / [ Mac: Not Available

Shortcut #35 | Delete Entire Word

Control and Backspace  or  Control and Delete  will help you delete an entire word, which can be really helpful when editing text. Using the Backspace key will delete the closest word to the left of the cursor, and using the Delete key will delete the word to the right of the cursor. 

PC: Control + Backspace / Delete Mac: Command + Delete

Shortcut #36 | Move to End / Beginning of Line

This one takes some getting used to, but is helpful once it’s burned into your muscle memory. Use the  End  key to quickly jump to the end of the line, and the  Home  key to quickly jump to the beginning. 

PC: End / Home Mac: Command + Right / Left Arrow

Shortcut #37 | Move to End / Beginning of Text Box

Similar to shortcut #36, this shortcut will help you move to the end or the beginning of a text box quickly. Hit  Control + End  to go to the end, or  Control + Home  to go to the beginning.

PC: Control + End / Home Mac: Command + Down / Up Arrow

Shortcut #38 | Nudge Object

Hold the Control key and then hit your Arrow keys  to nudge an object across the slide. Note: how this command performs will depend a little bit on the grid settings of your slide.

Pro tip: enable the “snap to grid” option (in the View tab) to make moving objects on your slide a little easier (warning: some people don’t like this). 

PC: Control + Arrow Mac: Control + Command + Arrow

Shortcut #39 | Insert Line Break

File this shortcut under the list of shortcuts you didn’t know you were looking for. When editing text, hit  Shift + Enter  to start a new line (but not a new paragraph). This keeps the spacing between the line above it small.

Pro tip: use this when you want to add a new line underneath a bullet point (without adding a new bullet).  

PC: Shift + Enter Mac: Shift + Enter

Shortcut #40 | Keep Shape Proportioned

This beautiful shortcut lets you keep objects proportioned as you make them bigger or smaller. Just  hold the Shift key as you resize the object  with your mouse. 

Pro tip: Use this when resizing photos to keep them from becoming distorted. 

PC: Shift + Resize Shape Mac: Shift + Resize Shape

Shortcut #41 | Resize from Center

To resize an object from the center,  hold the Control key  as you make the object bigger or smaller. This lets you keep the object in place instead of it extending in a different direction (similar to shortcut #17). 

Pro tip: Combine this with shortcut #40 to keep it proportioned  and  have it extend from the center.

PC: Control + Resize Shape Mac: Control + Resize Shape

Shortcut #42 | Move Bullet Up / Down

Here’s one many people don’t know. To easily move your bullet points up or down, just put your cursor on the line you want to move and hit  Shift + Alt + Up / Down.  

Pro tip: do this one in front of your boss because it’ll blow their mind (or they’ll pretend they already know it which we both know isn’t true).

PC: Shift + Alt + Up / Down Mac: Not Available

Shortcut #43 | Move to Previous or Next Section / Object

This shortcut allows you to quickly cycle between the different objects on a slide. Just hit the  Tab  key to move forward through the objects, or  Shift + Tab  to move backward through the objects (they are in order of when they were placed on the slide). 

Pro tip: this shortcut works pretty much everywhere on the internet (helpful when you’re filling out a form!). 

PC: (Shift+) Tab Mac: (Shift+) Tab

Shortcut #44 | Change Case of Selected Text

This one doesn’t come in handy as often as you’d think, but can still be really helpful at times. It’s a nice party trick, but if you’re having PowerPoint parties you might have other issues.

Just hit  Shift + F3  and watch your text cycle through different cases (all caps, all lowercase, first letter capitalized). 

PC: Shift + F3 Mac: Shift + F3

Shortcut #45 | Enter Normal View

Jump back into Normal View with this simple ribbon shortcut. Hit  Alt + V + N  if you’re in another view (e.g. Presentation, Slide Master) and it’ll drop you right in. 

PC: Alt + V + N Mac: Command + 1

Shortcut #46 | Duplicate Presentation

Duplicate your entire presentation with this seldom used but still periodically useful shortcut. Hit  Control + Shift + N  and avoid having to navigate through the file itself to copy your presentation.

Pro tip: create multiple versions of a presentation (or slides) when you’re editing and you want to see a range of “looks”.  

PC: Control + Shift + N Mac: Not Available

Shortcut #47 | Go to Slide (number) During Presentation Mode

Jump ahead during a presentation to a specific slide by typing the slide number then hitting  Enter  while in Presentation View. You’ll have to know the number of the slide you want to go to ahead of time, so make sure you write down important slide numbers before the presentation. 

Pro tip: right click on the presentation to open up a menu of options to navigate around the presentation.

Super pro tip: use Control + S to open a dialogue box of all the slides.

PC: (Number) + Enter Mac: (Number) + Enter

Shortcut #48 | Make Screen Black / White during presentation Mode

This is really helpful when you’re in presentation mode. Just hit the  B key  to turn the screen all black (and hit ESC to get out). To turn it completely white, hit the  W key. 

PC: B / W Key Mac: B / W Key

Shortcut #49 | Open Thesaurus

This is a perfect example of a shortcut you think you’ll never use but then end up using all. the. time. Open the thesaurus quickly and easily by hitting  Alt + R + E.

Pro tip: When you have bullet points it’s best to avoid using the same starting word on more than one bullet. Avoid this travesty by double clicking on the repeat word, hitting Alt + R + E, then selecting a new word from the selection pane.

PC: Alt + R + E Mac: Command + Option + Control + R

Shortcut #50 | Toggle Between Outline Pane and Thumbnail Pane

Use this shortcut to quickly and easily edit the storyline of your presentation. Hit  Control + Shift + Tab  to edit the titles of each of your slides directly without having to click on each slide individually. 

Pro tip: use this when building an outline from scratch.

PC: Control + Shift + Tab Mac: Control + Shift + Tab

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Microsoft PowerPoint is a complex program with a vast number of features, so it's worth your time to learn all its secrets. Some of these secrets include keyboard shortcuts, which can seriously speed up your workflow.

Not only can keyboard shortcuts save you a lot of time, but knowing important shortcuts when delivering a presentation can help everything run more smoothly. 

Here's a guide to the most useful keyboard shortcuts in the Windows 10 version of Microsoft PowerPoint .

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The ribbon at the top of PowerPoint gives you access to virtually all the program's countless features, and you don't need to use your mouse to use it – every ribbon command has its own keyboard shortcut. 

To use the ribbon entirely using your keyboard, do this:

1. Press and release Alt. You should see an overlay called Access Keys appear. 

2. Press the Access Key indicated to switch to the Ribbon tab you want to use.  

3. Press the Access Key for the command you want to use. Some Access Keys are more than one key press – just press the keys in sequence. If there is yet another layer of choices, continue to press the appropriate keys. For example, if you wanted to rehearse the timing of a presentation, you would press Alt and release it, then press S, and then press T. 

Every PowerPoint keyboard shortcut you need to know

You can use the ribbon shortcuts to perform virtually any task in PowerPoint, but you might often find the more traditional keyboard shortcuts more convenient to use. 

Here are the most important keyboard shortcuts in PowerPoint.

Delivering a presentation

Start a presentation from the beginning: Press F5 to start playing a presentation from the first slide. 

Start a presentation from the current slide: Press Shift + F5 to start playing a presentation from whatever slide is currently on screen.

Start a presentation in Presenter View: Press Alt + F5 to start a presentation in Presenter View, which lets you see your notes on the main computer screen while the audience sees only the slides on a separate screen. 

Go to the next slide or start the next animation: To advance to the next slide, you have several options. You can press any of these keys: N, Enter, Spacebar, Right Arrow, or Down Arrow.

Go back to the previous slide or animation: To go back to the previous slide, you also have several options. You can press any of these keys: P, Page Up, Left Arrow, or Up Arrow.

Go to the first slide: Press Home to restart the presentation at the first slide.

Go to the last slide: Press End to go directly to the final slide. 

Stop or start an automatic presentation: Press S to toggle an automatic, timed presentation between start and stop. 

Go to a specific slide: To go to a specific slide within the presentation, enter the slide number followed by Enter, such as 15 + Enter to go to slide number 15. 

Open the All Slides dialog box: To see a list of all the slides in your presentation, press Ctrl + S.

End a presentation: Press Esc to exit a presentation. 

Toggle between presentation and a blank screen: To temporarily display a blank screen in the middle of a presentation, press B to see a black screen or W to see a white screen. 

Start the laser pointer: Press Ctrl + L to change the pointer into a virtual laser dot. 

Draw on the presentation with a pen: Press Ctrl + P to change the pointer into a pen that you can use to annotate the screen. 

Hide the pointer and navigation controls: Press Ctrl + H to hide the pointer (or laser dot or pen) and the navigation controls. 

Erase annotations: Press E to erase any annotations you've made with the pen.

Creating a presentation

Open a presentation: Press Ctrl + O to open an existing PowerPoint presentation. 

Create a new presentation: Press Ctrl + N to create a new presentation. 

Add a new slide: Press Ctrl + M to add a new slide to a presentation in progress. 

Save the presentation: Press Ctrl + S to immediately save a presentation with its current file name. 

Save a presentation with a new filename: Press F12 to open the Save As dialog box and save your presentation. 

Close a presentation: Press Ctrl + W to close the current presentation. If it hasn't been saved, PowerPoint will give you the opportunity to save it first. 

Editing slides

Copy a slide, text, or other object: Press Ctrl + C to copy the selected item, which can be text, a graphic, or even an entire slide. 

Cut a slide, text, or other object: Press Ctrl + X to cut the selected item, which can be text, a graphic, or even an entire slide. 

Paste a slide, text, or other object: Press Ctrl + V to paste the content of the clipboard at the cursor location. 

Delete a selected slide, text, or other object: Select the item you want to remove and then press Delete.

Insert a hyperlink: Select text or object in a slide and then press Ctrl + K to open the Insert Hyperlink dialog box to turn it into a link. If you press Ctrl + K without selecting anything first, then you will need to specify the link text as well. 

Go to the next or previous slide: Press Page Down to advance to the next slide; press Page Up to go back to the previous slide. 

Change the order of a slide: Press Ctrl + Up Arrow to move the selected slide one position earlier in the presentation; press Ctrl + Down Arrow to move it one later in the presentation. 

Move a slide to the start of the presentation: Press Ctrl + Shift + Up Arrow to move the selected slide to the start of the presentation. 

Move a slide to the end of the presentation: Press Ctrl + Shift + Down Arrow to move the selected slide to the end of the presentation.

Editing text

Bold: Press Ctrl + B to bold the selected text.

Italics: Press Ctrl + I to italics the selected text.

Underline: Press Ctrl + U to underline the selected text.

Make the font bigger: Press Ctrl + Shift + Right Arrow to increase the size of the selected text a little at a time. 

Make the font smaller: Press Ctrl  + Shift + Left Arrow to decrease the size of the selected text a little at a time.

Center text: Press Ctrl + E to center the selected paragraph.

Left align text: Press Ctrl + L to left-align the selected paragraph.

Right align text: Press Ctrl + R to right-align the selected paragraph.

Justify text: Press Ctrl + J to justify the selected paragraph. This causes the text to auto-fit to the left and right margins of the slide. 

Superscript: Press Ctrl and the Plus sign to turn the selected text into superscript.

Subscript: Press Ctrl + = to turn the selected text into subscript. 

Check spelling: Press F7 to run PowerPoint's built-in spell checker.

General tasks

Search within a presentation: Press Ctrl + F to open the Find dialog box, where you can search for specific text within the presentation. You can also search and replace text using this dialog box. 

Undo: Press Ctrl + Z to undo your last action. 

Redo: Press Ctrl + Y to redo the last action, if possible. If it's not possible for PowerPoint to redo the action, nothing will happen. 

Help: Press F1 to open the Help and Support pane. 

Cancel: Press Esc to abort any task you don't want to complete. In some cases, you may also need to click "Cancel."

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Table of Contents

  • 1.1 Most used PowerPoint Shortcuts
  • 1.2 Edit Text Shortcuts
  • 1.3 Tab Selection Shortcuts
  • 1.4 Navigation Shortcuts
  • 1.5 Outlining Views Shortcuts
  • 1.6 Presentation Windows Shortcuts
  • 3 How do I view a list of all PowerPoint shortcuts?
  • 4 Can I create my own custom shortcuts in PowerPoint?
  • 5 Can I use the same shortcut keys in both Windows and Mac versions of PowerPoint?
  • 6 Is it possible to use shortcut keys while in Slide Show view?
  • 7 Can I use shortcut keys to create or modify objects in my slides?

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Most used PowerPoint Shortcuts

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In PowerPoint, you can view a list of all shortcuts by going to File > Options > Shortcut keys.

Can I create my own custom shortcuts in PowerPoint?

Yes, you can create your own custom shortcuts in PowerPoint by going to File > Options > Customize ribbon and then selecting the Keyboard shortcuts button at the bottom of the window. From there, you can choose a command from the Categories list and then assign a shortcut key to it.

Can I use the same shortcut keys in both Windows and Mac versions of PowerPoint?

Some shortcut keys are the same in both Windows and Mac versions of PowerPoint, such as Ctrl + C (copy) and Ctrl + V (paste). However, some shortcuts are specific to either the Windows or Mac version, so it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the shortcuts for both platforms.

Is it possible to use shortcut keys while in Slide Show view?

Yes, you can use shortcut keys while in Slide Show view in PowerPoint. However, some shortcuts may not work while in slide show view, so it's a good idea to test out any shortcuts you plan to use beforehand.

Can I use shortcut keys to create or modify objects in my slides?

Yes, you can use shortcut keys to create and modify objects in your slides, such as adding a new slide or inserting a table. For example, you can use the Ctrl + M shortcut to insert a new slide or the Ctrl + T shortcut to insert a table.

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PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts for Slide Show Presentations

Whether you use a mouse or remote control to navigate through a PowerPoint slide show presentation, one of the best ways to more effectively deliver PowerPoint presentations with greater engagement is to take advantage of handy slide show shortcuts.

Try this selection of PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts for your next in-person or virtual PowerPoint slide show (or watch my video of presentation shortcuts):

  • Run a slide show: [F5]
  • Run a slide show from the current slide: [Shift] + [F5]
  • Help during slide show (displays PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts): [F1]
  • Advance to the next slide (any of these): [Right] , [Down] , N (for Next), [Spacebar] ,  [Page Down] (or click the left mouse)
  • Return to the previous slide (any of these): [Left] , [Up] , P (for Previous), [Backspace] ,  [Page Up]
  • Go to the first slide in a presentation:  [Home]
  • Go to the last slide in a presentation:  [End]
  • Go to a specific slide number during a slide show: type the slide number and press [Enter]. This is one of my favorite tips to quickly skip past slides or to return to a previous slide. To create a list of slide numbers, print out your presentation as a handout; I choose 9 slides per page. Current versions of PowerPoint display the slide numbers on handouts. If this isn’t available, simply manually add slide numbers to your printout or create a simple hand-written cheat sheet.
  • What if you don’t know the slide number? Display the PowerPoint slide selector with [Ctrl] + S
  • To show a visual display of slides: press G
  • Display a black screen or go back to slide show: B or [Period]
  • Display a white screen or go back to slide show: W or [Comma]. (Use carefully as the bright screen can be distracting to an audience).
  • To draw on the screen (annotations), press [Ctrl] + P to enable the Pen mode. Use your mouse to draw directly on the slide. To change the pen color or to enable other tools (Laser Pointer, Highlighter) to emphasize your slide content, right-click on a slide and left-click on Pointer Options. From this menu, you can change the ink color.
  • To annotate with the highlighter: [Ctrl] + I
  • To clear annotations, press [Ctrl] + E to bring up the eraser to remove individual pen or highlighter annotations.
  • Erase all annotations: press E to erase at any time. Or, right-click on a slide and left-click on  Pointer Options ,   where you’ll see options for the  Eraser  or to  Erase All Ink on Slide .
  • To call attention to slide content with a laser:  [Ctrl] + L
  • To switch from the Pen (or highlighter or laser) mode back to the Arrow, press [Ctrl] + A or [Ctrl] + U . Or even better, press  [Ctrl] + H to hide the pointer or pen to avoid displaying a distracting or moving mouse pointer.
  • To turn live subtitles on or off:  J . To change subtitles settings, either right-click on your slide show for Subtitles or find these options under the Slide Show Ribbon in PowerPoint.
  • Zoom In on a slide:  +
  • Zoom Out on a slide: –
  • End a slide show: [Esc]

More Tips: You can also right-click anywhere on the slide show screen for a shortcut menu with many of these same actions. Although your audience will also see this shortcut menu, this is a handy way to quickly choose presentation options.

Click here to download a handout of PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts and discover more PowerPoint tips and tricks .

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General Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Using the CTRL Key
  • Quick Navigation
  • Using the Arrow Keys
  • Using the Shift Key
  • Using Function Keys
  • While Running a Slideshow

When you want to quickly create a PowerPoint presentation and minimize the amount of time you spend with your mouse, learn to use keyboard shortcuts to speed up PowerPoint presentations and make your job easier.

These instructions apply to PowerPoint versions 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, and PowerPoint for Microsoft 365.

How to Use the Keyboard Shortcut List

When the instructions show the keystroke combination Ctrl + C , for example, it means to hold down the Ctrl key and then press the letter C , holding both at the same time. The plus sign (+) indicates that you need both of these two keys. You do not press the + key on the keyboard.

Certain key combinations are specific to PowerPoint, such as the F5 key to play a slide show. Many other shortcut combinations, such as Ctrl + C and Ctrl + Z, are common to a number of programs. Once you know these common ones, you will be surprised at how often you can use them.

Keyboard Shortcuts Using the CTRL Key

Here is an alphabetical list of all the letter keys that can be used with the Ctrl key as a keyboard shortcut to common tasks in PowerPoint as well as some other shortcuts using the Ctrl key.

  • Ctrl + A : Selects all items on the page or the active text box.
  • Ctrl + B : Applies bold formatting to the selected text.
  • Ctrl + C : Copies the selected text or object to the Clipboard .
  • Ctrl + D : Duplicates the selected object.
  • Ctrl + F : Opens the Find dialog box.
  • Ctrl + G : Opens the Grids and Guides dialog box.
  • Ctrl + H : Opens the Replace dialog box.
  • Ctrl + I : Applies italic formatting to the selected text.
  • Ctrl + M : Inserts a new slide .
  • Ctrl + N : Opens a new blank presentation.
  • Ctrl + O : Displays the Open dialog box.
  • Ctrl + P : Opens the Print dialog box.
  • Ctrl + S : Saves the presentation.
  • Ctrl + T : Opens the Font dialog box.
  • Ctrl + U : Underlines the selected text.
  • Ctrl + V : Pastes text and objects from the Clipboard into the presentation.
  • Ctrl + W : Closes the presentation.
  • Ctrl + X : Deletes the text or object from the presentation and places it in the Clipboard.
  • Ctrl + Y : Repeats the last command entered.
  • Ctrl + Z : Undoes the last change.
  • Ctrl + F6 : Switches from one open PowerPoint presentation to another.
  • Ctrl + Delete : Removes the word to the right of the cursor.
  • Ctrl + Backspace : Removes the word to the left of the cursor.
  • Ctrl + Home : Moves cursor to the beginning of the presentation.
  • Ctrl + End : Moves cursor to the end of the presentation.
  • Ctrl + Arrow keys: Move from word to word or from object to object on a slide.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Quick Navigation

To quickly navigate around your presentation use these single keyboard shortcuts or shortcut key combinations. Using the mouse can slow you down. These shortcut keys are located to the left of the number keypad on your keyboard.

  • Home : Moves cursor to the beginning of the current line of text.
  • End : Moves cursor to the end of the current line of text.
  • Ctrl + Home : Moves cursor to the beginning of the presentation.
  • Ctrl + End : Moves cursor to the end of the presentation.
  • Page Up : Moves to the previous slide.
  • Page Down : Moves to the next slide.

Keyboard Shortcuts Using the Arrow Keys

Keyboard shortcuts often use the arrow keys on the keyboard. Using the Ctrl key with the four arrow keys makes it easy to move to the beginning or end of a word or paragraph. These arrow keys are located to the left of the number keypad on your keyboard.

  • Ctrl + left arrow : Moves cursor to the beginning of the previous word.
  • Ctrl + right arrow : Moves cursor to the beginning of the next word.
  • Ctrl + up arrow : Moves cursor to start of the previous paragraph.
  • Ctrl + down arrow : Moves cursor to start of the next paragraph.

Keyboard Shortcuts Using Shift Key

  • Shift + Enter : Creates a soft return to force a line break inside a paragraph. In a bulleted list, this creates a new line without a bullet.
  • Shift + another key: Selects a single letter, a whole word, or a line of text.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Home or Ctrl + Shift + End : Selects text from the cursor to the beginning or end of the document.
  • Shift + F5 : Starts a slideshow that begins with the current slide.
  • Shift + left arrow : Selects the previous letter.
  • Shift + right arrow : Selects the next letter.
  • Shift + Home : Selects text from the cursor to start of the current line.
  • Shift + End : Selects text from the cursor to the end of the current line.
  • Shift + Ctrl + Home : Selects all text from the cursor to the beginning of the active text box.
  • Shift + Ctrl + End : Selects all text from the cursor to the end of the active text box.

Using Function Keys as Keyboard Shortcuts

The function keys or F keys as they are more commonly known are located above the number keys on the regular keyboard.

  • F1 : Opens the Help pane.
  • F5 : Starts the slideshow at the first slide and displays it in full-screen mode.
  • Shift + F5 : Starts the slideshow at the current slide.
  • F7 : Runs spellcheck.
  • F12 : Opens the Save As dialog box.

Keyboard Shortcuts While Running a Slideshow

While the slideshow is running, you may need to pause to answer questions from the audience, and it is helpful to insert a simple black or white slide while you are talking. This gives you the complete attention of the audience.

Here is a list of several useful keyboard shortcuts to use during a slideshow. As an alternative choice to keyboard shortcuts, simply right-clicking on the screen will show a shortcut menu of options.

Spacebar or click the mouse: Move to next slide or next animation

Number+ Enter : Goes to the slide of that number (for example 6 + Enter goes to slide 6).

B (for black): Pauses the slideshow and displays a black screen. Press B again to resume the show.

W (for white): Pauses the show and displays a white screen. Press W again to resume the show.

N : Moves to the next slide or next animation.

P : Moves to previous slide or animation.

S : Stops the show. Press S again to restart the show.

Esc : Ends the slideshow.

Tab : Goes to the next hyperlink in a slideshow.

Shift + Tab : Goes to the previous hyperlink in a slideshow.

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Top PowerPoint Shortcuts for efficient work

Today everyone is familiar with Microsoft PowerPoint, some more than others. As you read this you might be thinking that you are on the top tier when it comes to fully exploiting PowerPoint capabilities.

We don’t doubt you are proficient, but you might be surprised by the wide array of keyboard combinations that you can use to work more efficiently. Much like Excel shortcuts keys, these shortcuts allow users to work uniquely with their keyboard and therefore achieve tasks faster.

Now, the idea is not that you memorize each keyboard combo : that seems a bit difficult ! Each user has individual needs and when it comes to creating your sales collateral maybe some shortcuts will seem more useful to you than others. Even if you end up picking up just one or two shortcuts, it will make a difference.

Moreover, if keyboard shortcuts are not your thing, this article still has a trick for you : create your own custom toolbar for PowerPoint, to keep the features you use the most just a click away.

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PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts

General shortcuts.

Let’s get started with a few basic keyboard shortcuts that will help you opening, closing and navigating PowerPoint.

  • Ctrl+Tab : Switch between different open presentations
  • Ctrl+N : Create a new presentation
  • Ctrl+O : Open an existing presentation
  • Ctrl+Q : Save and close a presentation
  • Ctrl+S : Save a presentation
  • Ctrl+Y : Repeat last action
  • Ctrl+W : Close a presentation
  • Ctrl+Z : Undo an action
  • Ctrl+F : Search in a presentation or use Find and Replace
  • Ctrl+F1 : Show or hide the ribbon
  • Ctrl+F2 : Print Preview View
  • Alt+F2 : Open the Save As dialog box
  • Alt+F : Open the File tab menu
  • Alt+A : Go to the Animations tab
  • Alt+G : Open the Design tab
  • Alt+H : Go to the Home tab
  • Alt+K : Go to the Transitions tab
  • Alt+N : Open the Insert tab
  • Alt+Q : Go to the “Tell me what you want to do” box
  • Alt+R : Go to the Review tab
  • Alt+S : Go to the Slide Show tab
  • Alt+W : Go to View tab
  • Alt+X : Go to the Add-ins tab
  • Alt+Y : Go to the Help tab

Selection and navigation shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts can also be of great help when it comes to quickly navigating throughout your presentation. The following shortcuts will enable you to select multiple objects on your slides, or move the slides inside the presentation.

  • Ctrl+A : Select all text in a textbox, all slides in a presentation or all objects on a slide
  • Tab : Select and/or switch to the next object on a slide
  • Shift+Tab : Select or move to the previous object on a slide
  • Home : Go to the first slide, or from within a text box, go to the beginning of the line
  • End : Go to the last slide, or from within a text box, go to the end of the line
  • Page Down : Go to the next slide
  • Page Up : Go the previous slide
  • Ctrl+Down Arrow : Move a slide down in the presentation (click on a slide thumbnail first)
  • Ctrl+Up Arrow : Move a slide up in the presentation
  • Ctrl+Shift+Up Arrow : Move a slide to the beginning of the presentation (click on a slide thumbnail first)
  • Ctrl+Shift+Down Arrow : Move a slide to the end of the presentation

Format and edition shortcuts

Editing and formatting your presentation has never been easier ! These shortcuts will make you a quick editing pro for PowerPoint.

  • Ctrl+B : Add or remove bold to selected text
  • Ctrl+C : Copy selected text, selected object(s), or selected slide(s)
  • Ctrl+D : Duplicate the selected object or slide (for the latter, click on a slide thumbnail first)
  • Ctrl+E : Center a paragraph
  • Ctrl+I : Add or remove italics to selected text
  • Ctrl+J : Justify a paragraph
  • Ctrl+K : Insert a hyperlink
  • Ctrl+L : Left align a paragraph
  • Ctrl+M : Insert a new slide
  • Ctrl+R : Right align a paragraph
  • Ctrl+T : Open the Font dialog box when text or object is selected
  • Ctrl+U : Add or remove underline to selected text
  • Ctrl+V : Paste selected text, selected object(s), or selected slide(s)
  • Ctrl+X : Cut selected text, selected object(s), or selected slide(s)
  • Ctrl+Alt+V : Open the Paste Special dialog box
  • Delete : Remove selected text, selected object(s), or selected slide(s)
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The quick access toolbar.

The Quick Access toolbar enables users to customize what should be displayed on PowerPoint’s toolbar. In other words, it can include your frequently used commands and make them available to you with a single click.

The process to build your QAT (Quick Access Toolbar) is actually very simple, and it can definitely help you build your sales collateral quicker.

Right-click on the command you want to add to your QAT Select “ Add to Quick Access Toolbar” If your QAT is hidden, you can make it visible by right clicking in the upper side of the window (above the ribbon) and select “Show Quick Access Toolbar”

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You might be wondering which commands you should add to your QAT. Here are our 4 personal favorites, that make content creation and working with your sales collateral easier :

  • Align commands : These commands allow you to align to objects on the left, the right, the upper or the lower side.
  • Send object to front/back : These commands are very useful when working in layers and allow you to make more or less visible objects that are stacked on top of each other.
  • Group/Ungroup : The commands enable fast editing for multiple objects at the same time (for example when you want to stretch or shrink different shapes in the same proportion). Moreover grouping is also helpful when you wish to make one single object out of several layered shapes for example.
  • Distribute horizontally/vertically : These commands allow you to distribute objects at an equal distance from each other to create a neater appearance.
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The 48 best PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts for making great presentations quickly and easily

The 48 best PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts for making great presentations quickly and easily

  • There are many PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts that you can use to work faster and more efficiently on the platform.
  • You can use a long list of keyboard shortcuts for common tasks, along with PowerPoint's Access Key shortcuts.

Microsoft PowerPoint is a complex program with a vast number of features, so it's worth your time to learn all its secrets. Some of these secrets include keyboard shortcuts, which can seriously speed up your workflow.

Not only can keyboard shortcuts save you a lot of time, but knowing important shortcuts when delivering a presentation can help everything run more smoothly.

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Here's a guide to the most useful keyboard shortcuts in the Windows 10 version of Microsoft PowerPoint .

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The ribbon at the top of PowerPoint gives you access to virtually all the program's countless features, and you don't need to use your mouse to use it – every ribbon command has its own keyboard shortcut.

To use the ribbon entirely using your keyboard, do this:

1. Press and release Alt. You should see an overlay called Access Keys appear.

2. Press the Access Key indicated to switch to the Ribbon tab you want to use.

3. Press the Access Key for the command you want to use. Some Access Keys are more than one key press – just press the keys in sequence. If there is yet another layer of choices, continue to press the appropriate keys. For example, if you wanted to rehearse the timing of a presentation, you would press Alt and release it, then press S, and then press T.

Every PowerPoint keyboard shortcut you need to know

You can use the ribbon shortcuts to perform virtually any task in PowerPoint, but you might often find the more traditional keyboard shortcuts more convenient to use.

Here are the most important keyboard shortcuts in PowerPoint.

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Every Microsoft PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcut for Windows Worth Knowing

Become a Microsoft PowerPoint master with this free downloadable PDF of all the best keyboard shortcuts.

There's a reason that PowerPoint is a household name: it's the best software for creating presentations for work and home.

If you find yourself creating lots of presentations, you might be wondering if there's something you can do to speed up the process. The answer is yes, you just need to make use of all the handy shortcuts that PowerPoint offers.

We've put together a list of all the best PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts so that you can navigate, create, and present your presentations with ease.

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Microsoft PowerPoint is one of the most popular tools for creating and delivering presentations, but a lot of people are still unaware of how to use it as quickly and efficiently as possible.

If you’re a frequent user of Microsoft Office PowerPoint, you know that there are a lot of different features and functions to master. One way to make your workflow more efficient is by using keyboard shortcuts.

Here are some of the most useful keyboard shortcuts for PowerPoint:

Ctrl + N: Create a new presentation.\ Ctrl + O: Open an existing presentation.\ Ctrl + S: Save your presentation.\ Ctrl + P: Print your presentation.\ Ctrl + Z: Undo your last action.\ Ctrl + Y: Redo your last action.\ Ctrl + C: Copy selected text or object.\ Ctrl + X: Cut selected text or object.\ Ctrl + V: Paste copied or cut text or object.\ Ctrl + A: Select all objects on a slide.\ Ctrl + F: Find and replace text.\ Ctrl + B: Apply or remove bold formatting.\ Ctrl + I: Apply or remove italic formatting.\ Ctrl + U: Apply or remove underline formatting.\ Ctrl + E: Center align text.\ Ctrl + L: Left align text.\ Ctrl + R: Right align text.\ Ctrl + M: Insert a new slide.\ Ctrl + D: Duplicate currently selected slide.\ Ctrl + H: Show or hide the Ribbon.

These shortcuts can save you a lot of time and effort, especially if you’re working on a large presentation. To view a full list of keyboard shortcuts for PowerPoint, you can access the “Keyboard shortcuts for PowerPoint” help article on the Microsoft website. In addition to keyboard shortcuts, you can also create your own custom shortcuts by assigning a keyboard shortcut to a specific command or function. To do this, select “Options” from the “File” tab, then select “Customize Ribbon” and “Keyboard Shortcuts.” From there, you can select the command you want to assign a shortcut to and create your custom shortcut.

By utilizing keyboard shortcuts and custom shortcuts, you can streamline your PowerPoint workflow and become a more efficient presenter.

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PowerPoint is an indispensable tool for business professionals, aiding in creating impactful presentations that can make or break a deal. However, creating and delivering presentations can be time-consuming. To help you speed up your presentation slide design and delivery performance, here are 30 essential PowerPoint shortcuts every user should master.

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Reasons to Learn PowerPoint Shortcuts

Frequently used shortcuts, apply character formatting, ribbon navigation, select and edit text and objects, control slides during a presentation.

Time Efficiency and Productivity: Mastering PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts can significantly reduce the time spent creating and editing presentations, allowing users to focus on content and delivery.

Enhanced Focus: By eliminating the need to search for functions in menus, presenters can maintain their focus on the task at hand, leading to better quality work.

Professionalism: Quick and seamless operation during a presentation can make a user appear more professional and in control.

Ease of Use: Once mastered, keyboard shortcuts become second nature, making the software easier and more enjoyable.

Accessibility: For users with disabilities, PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts can provide an easier and more accessible way to use software.

This selection of shortcuts represents the most commonly used tools by PowerPoint users. Applying these shortcuts to our workflow will significantly speed up our performance.

  • Insert a new slide: CTRL + M / CMD + M
  • Duplicate a selected object or slide: CTRL + D / CMD + D
  • Change the zoom for the slide: ALT + W + Q / OPTION + W + Q
  • Cut selected object, text, or slide: CTRL + X / CMD + X
  • Copy selected object, text, or slide: CTRL + C / CMD + C
  • Paste selected object, text, or slide: CTRL + V / CMD + V
  • Undo the last action: CTRL + Z / CMD + Z
  • Start Slide Show: ALT + S + B / OPTION + S + B
  • End Slide Show: Esc / Esc
  • Insert a Picture: ALT + N + P / OPTION + N + P

This set of shortcuts will help us to edit our copy text in PowerPoint slides.

  • Open the Font dialogue box: CTRL + T / CMD + T
  • Apply bold formatting: CTRL + B / CMD + B
  • Apply an underline: CTRL + U / CMD + U
  • Apply italic formatting: CTRL + I / CMD + I
  • Apply subscript formatting: CTRL + = / CMD + =
  • Apply superscript formatting: CTRL + SHIFT + ‘+’ / CMD + SHIFT + ‘+’
  • Insert a hyperlink: CTRL + K / CMD + K

Instead of manually switching between tabs in the Ribbon, we can do it via PowerPoint shortcuts.

  • Open the File page: ALT + F / OPTION + F
  • Open the Home tab: ALT + H / OPTION + H
  • Open the Insert tab: ALT + N / OPTION + N
  • Open the Design tab: ALT + G / OPTION + G
  • Open the Transitions tab: ALT + T / OPTION + T
  • Open the Animations tab: ALT + A / OPTION + A
  • Open the Slide Show tab: ALT + S / OPTION + S
  • Open the Review tab: ALT + R / OPTION + R
  • Open the View tab: ALT + W / OPTION + W

Most of these shortcuts are handled with the arrow keys of your keyboard in combination with CTRL/CMD and SHIFT/OPTION. We will list a few other shortcuts, but you can find the full list in the infographic shown at the end of this guide.

  • Send object back one position: CTRL + [ / CMD + [
  • Send object forward one position: CTRL + ] / CMD + ]
  • Select another object (when one is selected): TAB or SHIFT + TAB / OPTION + TAB
  • Send an object to the back: CTRL + SHIFT + [ / CMD + OPTION + [
  • Bring an object to the front: CTRL + SHIFT + ] / CMD + OPTION + ]

Ideally, these shortcuts are handled by the person in charge of the slides during the presentation rather than the speaker. Still, since both roles sometimes are done by the same presenter, it’s best to familiarize ourselves with these shortcuts.

  • Stop or restart an automatic presentation: S
  • End a presentation: ESC
  • Erase on-screen annotations: E
  • Display a blank slide or return to the presentation: W
  • Hide the pointer and navigation button immediately: CTRL + H

Shortcuts for PowerPoint infographic by SlideModel.com

Mastering PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts is not just about saving time; it’s about transforming your work process to be more efficient, professional, and focused. The benefits are clear, from increased productivity and ease of use to enhanced professionalism during presentations.

We invite you to take the time to learn and practice these shortcuts. Incorporate them into your daily work routine and watch as they become second nature, significantly improving your presentation design and delivery. Remember, the small investment of time and effort you put into mastering these shortcuts will pay off in the long run, giving you a valuable skill that will serve you well throughout your professional journey. So, start today and unlock the full potential of your presentations with the power of keyboard shortcuts!

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You just found a treasure trove of PowerPoint shortcuts that are going to save you a ton of time! Shortcuts are the secret to being wicked fast and efficient in PowerPoint. That is because they magically turn long and boring chores into quick and easy to accomplish tasks.

When I first started working in PowerPoint, like most people, I did not know any keyboard shortcuts. That is one of the main reasons too, why doing anything in PowerPoint took me forever. So, I cannot overemphasize the value of being able to quickly crank through client deliverables, pitch books, presentations, or wherever else you are building in PowerPoint like a pro, as opposed to slaving away all night at the office like a newbie, struggling to get basic things done in the program.

If you already know lots of PowerPoint shortcuts, then you are doing things right, and hopefully you learn a few new ones from our list. If you are brand new to PowerPoint, the list below is a fantastic way to start upscaling your skills, so you too can use PowerPoint like a pro.

To generate the below list of PowerPoint shortcuts, we surveyed our 30,000+ PowerPoint community of professionals from a wide variety of fields and industries, asking them what their favorite keyboard shortcuts are that save them the most time on a daily basis.

NOTE: If your PowerPoint shortcuts are not working, or you hear a pinging noise when you hit one of the combinations of keys, see our shortcuts troubleshooting guide here .

[Watch] The Top 25 PowerPoint Shortcuts in Action

To see examples of all these PPT shortcuts (and some hidden tricks for using them), watch the video above.  Below I’ve broken out these shortcuts with a brief description of each for your convenience.

1. Slide Master Jump Shortcut

Hit the Shift key plus click the Normal icon to jump to the slide master view

This is my favorite way to jump to the Slide Master View in PowerPoint (and hardly anyone knows about it).

To use it, simply hold the  Shift   key on your keyboard, then click on the Normal  icon at the bottom of your PowerPoint workspace.

The first time you use the Shift + Normal icon , you jump to the child slide layout of your slide on the Slide Master. If you immediately use it a second time, you will jump to the Parent Slide on your Slide Master.

To expand your knowledge about the Slide Master view in PowerPoint and how to use it to build a PowerPoint template, read our guide here .

2. Align and Copy shortcut

Holding the control and shift keys, click and drag your object into a new location to create a perfectly aligned copy of your object

This shortcut is one of the top shortcuts from our survey because it allows you to select an object (or group of objects) and in just a couple of heartbeats, create a perfectly aligned copy of object(s) on your slide.

NOTE: Charts can be difficult to align and copy using the Ctrl + Shift + Drag shortcut. If you are having trouble getting this to work, try first clicking and dragging your chart to a new location on your slide, then hold down the Shift and Control keys to pull off the maneuver.

3. Duplicate Shortcut

To duplicate an object in PowerPoint, select the object and hit control plus D on your keyboard

The duplicate command is twice as fast as the normal Ctrl + C to copy and Ctrl + V to paste shortcuts as it’s half the number of keys.

On top of that, it also has a hidden jump feature whereas each new duplicated object will jump the same distance and same direction as your last manual placement.

To expand your knowledge and learn more about the duplicate shortcut in PowerPoint, read our guide here .

4. The Eyedropper Shortcut

Select the eyedropper command and then click and drag with your mouse to eyedrop any color off of anything you have open on your computer screen

In PowerPoint 2016 and later (the latest version is Office 365 ), Microsoft added an Eyedropper command that has a hidden shortcut allowing you to eyedrop any color on your computer screen. This works even outside of your PowerPoint window.

To use this hidden eyedropper shortcut to change a shape fill (for example), simply:

  • Select your object
  • Navigate to the  Drawing Tools Format  tab
  • Open the  Shape Fill  drop down
  • Select the  Eyedropper  command
  • Click and drag  with your mouse on your screen (anywhere) to pick up the color

What’s cool about this shortcut is you can get any color from anywhere.

For example, you would want to get the color from another website, all you need to do is to get the Eyedropper, then click down with your mouse and drag it to the website. When you’ve found your desired color, simply let go of the mouse and the shape will be filled with the color you chose.

5. The Group Shortcut

Select multiple objects and hit control plus G to group the objects together

Selecting a set of objects on your slide and hitting Ctrl + G will group those objects together so that you can move them around as a single object on your slide (unless you have a table selected).

This makes organizing your slides significantly easier. learn all of the ins and outs of the grouping shortcuts,  see our ultimate guide here .

6. The Ungroup Shortcut

To ungroup a set of objects in PowerPoint, select the group and hit control plush shift plus G on your keyboard

To ungroup a set of objects that have already been grouped (so you can format and edit the individual pieces), simply select the group of objects and hit  Ctrl + Shift +G  on your keyboard.

You can see these shortcuts in action below, plus some uncommon things you might not have ever realized that you can ungroup like icons.

7. New Slide Shortcut

Hit control plus M to insert a new slide into your presentation

As you build your presentation, you will be constantly adding new slides. Using the Ctrl+M shortcut will save you some time as you don’t need to constantly go to the Home tab in between typing the content of your slides.

When you add a new slide, PowerPoint automatically inserts a new slide based on the layout of the slide you are currently on. The only exception is if you are on a title slide.

When you are in the title slide and you click  Ctrl+M , instead of generating another title slide, it will give you the next type of slide in your template (usually a content slide).

Another thing that’s cool about this shortcut is that every time you use it, your cursor jumps to the title placeholder of the new slide, so you can immediately type text in.

To expand your knowledge and learn all about how to save time using the New Slide shortcut (Ctrl+M), read our guide here .

8. Start Slideshow From Beginning

To start your slide show from the beginning of your presentation, hit F5 on your keyboard

To start your presentation (regardless of which slide you are on within your presentation), simply hit  F5  on your keyboard. Hitting F5 will start your presentation from the beginning of your slide deck.

No more hunting around in your PowerPoint Ribbon to kick off your slide show.

To expand your knowledge and learn some of the most effective ways to start a presentation, read our guide here .

9. Start Slideshow From Current Slide

Hit shift plus F5 to start your slideshow from the slide you are currently on

Instead of starting your presentation from the first slide in your presentation, you can also start it from the current slide you are on by hitting  Shift + F5 .

This allows you to quickly jump back and forth between the presentation mode of a slide (so you can spot-check it for errors) and the normal editing view of your slide by hitting the Esc key.

To see all of the different ways you can start a slideshow in PowerPoint (including the presenter view and slide show settings dialog box),  see our guide here .

10. Pick Up Style - Copy Formatting

Select an object and hit control plus shift plus C to copy it's formatting

Select an object in PowerPoint and hit Ctrl + Shift + C on your keyboard to copy the object’s formatting.

This shortcut copies your object’s Font Style, Font Size, Shape Fill, Shape Outline color etc., allowing you to apply it to other objects in your presentation. The one thing to be aware of is, PowerPoint and Word can only copy and hold one style of text formatting at a time. You cannot copy two or more styles of text using this shortcut.

11. Apply Style - Paste Formatting

Select an object and hit control plus shift plus V to paste your copied formatting onto your object

After copying an object’s formatting, you can apply it to other objects by hitting Ctrl + Shift + V . Simply select another similar object and hit Ctrl  + Shift + V to apply all the object formatting you have copied.

The copy and paste formatting shortcuts work the same way in Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint (wink wink).

NOTE:  This shortcut only works AFTER you have copied an object’s formatting. If you forget to first copy an object’s formatting, you will immediately know because PowerPoint will apply something bizarre. If that happens to you, just hit Ctrl + Z to undo, then go back and start over.

To learn more about copying and pasting formatting (including inside Microsoft Excel),  read our guide here .

12. Selection Pane Shortcut

Hit Alt plus F10 on your keyboard to open the selection pane in PowerPoint

Hitting the keys  Alt + F10  once will open the Selection Pane. Hitting them again will close it.

The Selection Pane is a great tool for seeing all the objects and groups of objects you have on your slide, allowing you to edit them, change their layering, and even hide them.

The Selection Pane also allows you to more easily select objects that may be hidden on your slide beneath another layer.

13. Bring Object Forward

Hit control plus shift plus ] to bring an object forward one layer on your slide

All of the objects on in your PowerPoint slides exist on a layer, based on when the object was added to your slide.

Hitting  Ctrl + Shift + ]  will bring a selected object (or group of objects) up one layer at a time on your PowerPoint slide

14. Send Object Back

To send an object backwards in PowerPoint, hit control plush shift plus [ on your keyboard

Hitting  Ctrl + Shift + [  will walk a selected object down one layer at a time on your PowerPoint slide.

Very few people know these shortcuts exist, and it’s a shame because allow you to manage the layering of objects on your slide.

This means that you can adjust what objects are above / beneath each other.

15. Animation Painter Shortcut

Select an object and hit Alt plus Shift plus C to copy all of its PowerPoint animations

Select an object with PowerPoint animations and hit Ctrl + Alt + C t o copy the sequence of animations. This copies all the animations applied to a specific object, allowing you then to paste them onto another object.

If you use lots of PowerPoint animations in your presentations, this shortcut will save you a ton of time in the future. That’s because animations can take forever to properly set up.

NOTE: This shortcut only works if the object you select has animations applied to it (obviously). In other words, using this shortcut on an object that does not have any animations on it, will not do anything.

16. Straight Line Shortcut

To force draw a straight line in PowerPoint, hold the shift key down as you draw the line

One thing you want to avoid inserting into your slides is crooked lines. But how do you make sure all your lines are straight?

Simply hold the Shift key while you draw your line, and it ensures your line is perfectly straight. You can use this shortcut to draw perfectly straight horizontal, vertical, or diagonal lines.

NOTE:  This also works for drawing other shapes. For example, if you want to draw in a perfect square, just hold the shift key as you draw in a rectangle. The same goes for a perfect circle.

17. Increase Font Size

Select your text and hit control plus shift plus > to increase its font size

The next time you need to increase the size of your text, simply select your text and hit Ctrl + Shift + >  on your keyboard to increase it.

Each time you hit this shortcut, your Font Size will increase by one standard size. This saves you from having to constantly go back and forth to the Home tab to find the right font size. 

This shortcut works in Microsoft Excel too!

18. Decrease Font Size

To decrease the font size in PowerPoint, select your text and hit control plus shift plus < on your keyboard

One thing you will constantly do as you build your slides in PowerPoint is change your font sizes

These shortcut keys are better than using the font size drop own because you can increase or decrease the font size whatever mode or tab you are in. For example, if you are in the Slide Show tab, you can make the font size bigger or smaller without having to go to the Home tab.

What’s great about this shortcut is that it also works in Microsoft Word and other Office programs.

19. Format Chart Element

Select an element of your chart in PowerPoint and hit control plus 1 to open its formatting options

Charts are the most complicated object class in PowerPoint because they have the most individual pieces that you can format.

A fast way to format the individual elements of your chart is to either double-click them with your mouse or hit Ctrl + 1 on your keyboard.

Hitting Ctrl + 1 opens the formatting options for whatever you have selected in your PowerPoint chart. This also works in Microsoft Excel too (so it is a double-dipping shortcut).

20. Notes Pane Shortcut

Hit control plus shift plus H to open or close your notes pane in PowerPoint

Hitting Ctrl + Shift + H will open or close your notes pane.

This is a fast and easy way to review (or edit) your notes while building your presentation. On top of that, the Notes Pane will open to your last manual adjustment. This makes it easy to review your speaker notes in full screen.

21. Create Section

To create a section in PowerPoint, hit control plus < on your keyboard

Adding sections to your presentation is an easy way to organize and review your PowerPoint slides.

To create a section, simply select a slide in the Thumbnail View and hit Ctrl + < . Name your sections and you can then print the individual sections of your presentation too.

22. Move Slides (Up and Down)

Select a slide in the Thumbnail View and hit Control plus the up or down arrow key to move the slide around in your presentation.

Another common thing you will do as you build your slides is to move your slides around within your presentation.

To do this quickly, simply select a slide in the Thumbnail View and hit the Ctrl plus up or down arrow key to move it around in your deck.

23. Insert Symbol

Hit control plus the equal sign on your keyboard to insert a symbol in PowerPoint

The fastest way to insert PowerPoint symbols is the Alt + = shortcut. This inserts an Equation, allowing you to select from the different mathematical symbols.

On top of that, if you then select a symbol in an Equation and hit the shortcut again, you will convert it into normal text. In this way, you can quickly use the Equation options to find your symbol, and then convert the equation symbols back to normal text.

24. Date and Footer Shortcut

Hit Alt plus Shift plus D on your keyboard to open the header footer dialog box

This is actually a double-dipper keyboard shortcut.

That’s because you can use it to launch both the  Header and Footer  dialog box and the  Date and Time  dialog box depending on how you use it.

The first thing you need to do is to make sure that you have not clicked into any of the object’s on your slide. You can hit the Esc key a few times to make sure you have not clicked into anything before you use this shortcut.

Then hit Alt + Shift + D on your keyboard and the Header and Footer dialogue box will open. This is where you can add headers, footers, slide numbers and the date and time on your slides.

NOTE:  Ticking the slide number checkbox does not mean the slide number will automatically show up in your presentation. To get your slide numbers to appear correctly,  see our guide here .

Another way to use this shortcut is to add a date on the title slide of your presentation for today’s date.

To do that, simply hit the shortcut to open the date and time dialogue box. Then choose the date format you want and click OK. This will add today’s date (based on your computer’s settings) to your slide as a text box.

You can also select Update Automatically from the dialogue box so that your date updates automatically whenever you open your presentation.

25. Align Objects Shortcut

After setting the align objects command on your QAT, you can hit the Alt key, then the 1 key and select an alignment direction.

This single most important PowerPoint shortcut for any serious user.

The trick is, to make it work, you first have to set it up properly (turning all of the alignment tool commands into easy to use shortcuts).

For help setting this shortcut up, see the shortcut in the video at the top of this page.

To set this up, go to the  Home  tab, navigate to the Arrange dropdown, and then right-click the Alignment tool at the group level. Notice that the Alignment Tool is added to the Quick Access Toolbar.

The next step is to click on the downward-facing arrow in the QAT and choose More Commands. In the dialogue box, find the Align Objects tool and click it all the way to the top and then select OK.

Once it’s properly set up, all you have to do is select an object and hit Alt, 1 on your keyboard, and you’ll get all the possible alignment options.

Then you can hit on the next available letter to choose the alignment you want.

So for example, if you want to align two objects to their tops, simply select both objects and hit Alt, 1, T for Align to Top. And that’s it!

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Use keyboard shortcuts to deliver PowerPoint presentations for good audience experience

Pranab Bala • March 14, 2020

Preparing good PowerPoint slides is the first thing for delivering an excellent presentation. Keyboard shortcuts comes very handy while delivering Presentations without stumbling or worrying about whats next. This article will cover the Keyboard Shortcuts to make presenter's life at ease. These are very easy to memorize if you practice once or twice. You may bookmark the page and use for quick reference before you start a new presentation

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Start presentation from current slide, start presentation from beginning, exit presentation mode, go to the first slide, go to the last slide, go to a specific slide, view all slides dialog showing list of titles, show context menu to choose action from, hide pointers, laser pointer, change pointer to arrow, change pointer to pen for annotation or freehand, hide annotation markup, change pointer to annotation eraser, delete or clear all on-screen annotation, display a blank black slide and back.

  • Display a blank white slide and back
  • Summary of Curated list of PowerPoint Keyboard shortcuts

Switch between Presentation and Normal Mode

Normal mode is the where we do all the editing. Sometime, we may need to come out of the presentation mode, quickly update it and jump back to the presentation mode.

Shift + F5 - If you are in editing mode (Normal Mode), you can start presenting right from that slide by pressing Shift and F5 key together. You may need to switch between the modes during preparation of the slides or to make some adjustment while presenting

F5 - Irrespective of what slide you are currently in, pressing F5 will start the presentation from the beginning

Esc - Anytime during presentation, pressing Esc key will stop presentation and take you to the Normal mode. It will show the slide that you were just before Esc. If you are using previous versions of PowerPoint, please try hyphen ( - )

Moving between slides while presenting

While presenting the slides, sometime, we need to jump around slides instead of sequences. This section covers most of the keyboard shortcuts used in navigation in slide show mode

Home - While presenting, if you need to start-over, pressing Home Button takes you to the very first slide

End - pressing End button anytime during the presentation, takes you to the last slide of the PowerPoint, while in presentation mode

Type the number and Press Enter - Sometimes you need to navigate to backup slides or appendixes. If you remember the slide number, you just need to type that number and press enter. You will not see the numbers on screen, while you type. But the trick will happen when you press enter. To come back to the current slide, you need to type the current slide number and press Enter or you can use Ctrl +S to see "Last Slide Viewed" as mentioned in View All Slides Dialog showing list of titles

Ctrl + S - While in presentation mode if you want to jump forward or backward and do not know the slide number then simply press Ctrl and S . This will show a list of slides that you can choose from. Alternatively, you can select a slide and click on Go To. Remembering this shortcut will save you in difficult times, when you forget any other shortcuts.

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Shift+F10 - All actions on slides can be done using mouse after you see the context menu using this keyboard shortcut. This one is my favorite keyboard shortcut . When you forget all the shortcuts, remembering this one will stop you from failing. Though the pop-up on the screen might feel little less intuitive. But, it helps you to get back to your previous slide, start annotating on screen or make it blank

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Annotations and pointers (arrow, Pen or Laser)

Pointers play an important role in presentation to glue audiences to the section of the slide where you need their attention. There various option to suit your need. You can also hide any pointers

Ctrl + H - This will hide pointer from the slide show. To bring back pointer you can use Ctrl + A or any of the keyboard shortcuts mentioned in the following sections

Ctrl + L - Pressing Ctrl and L change the pointer to Laser.

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This is how it looks.

This tiny little Laser is the right pointer to draw attention of the audiences to particular part of screen

💡 Remember L for L aser

Ctrl + A - Arrow is the default pointer. Anytime, you want to change it back to Arrow use Ctrl + A

💡 Remember A for Arrow

Ctrl + P - This change the pointer to Pen with default color. You can start annotating or write on top of the presentation. When you stop presenting, you will get a popup on whether you want to save your scribble in the PPT. It saves the annotation as image objects and can be adjusted or deleted afterwards

💡 Remember P for P en

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If you want to change pen color one option is to hover your mouse at the bottom left corner of the screen and you will notice very light panel floating. Click on the pen sign and it will pop-up the color panel. You can change color from there.

Sometimes, you might prefer a blank screen to draw or illustrate, rather than on the present slide. You can make your screen blank

You may Jump to the section for Black or white for annotation

Ctrl +M - This keyboard shortcut simply hide the the annotation that you have made. but do not delete those. anytime during presentation you can un-hide them again by pressing same Ctrl + M for the same slide

Ctrl + E - Pressing this keyboard shortcut sequences changes the pointer to Eraser. Please note that the eraser erases annotation when you press on top of the annotation one at a time.

💡 Remember E for E raser

E - Pressing E erases all annotations. This is irreversible. You cannot get back the annotation that you have erased

💡 Remember E for E rasing

Making screen Blank for Annotation

Sometimes, during presentation, you might need audience's attention and do not want them to look at the screen or you want to do annotation on a white or Black board. you can blank your screen

B - Pressing B in presentation mode makes the screen Black.

. or Period can be used to get back your slide on screen

💡 B for B lack slide

Display a blank White slide and back

W - Pressing W in presentation mode makes the screen Black.

, or comma can be used to return to the presentation from a blank white slide.

💡 W for W hite slide

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10 Keyboard Shortcuts to Use When Presenting PowerPoint Slideshows

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In business meetings, you can use Microsoft PowerPoint slideshows to highlight important information and capture audiences’ attention. During a slideshow , clicking through various options with the mouse can throw off your timing. Plus, the audience can see you perform these actions.

A better approach is to use keyboard shortcuts . Besides being faster, you will look like a more experienced presenter. Here are 10 keyboard shortcuts that you can use when presenting slideshows using PowerPoint 2016, 2013, 2010, or 2007. You can also Google some other keyboard shortcuts!

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Pressing the F5 key begins the slideshow from the first slide.

2. Shift+F5

To begin the slideshow from the current slide , press Shift+F5. In other words, press the Shift and F5 keys at the same time.

3. Spacebar, N, or Right Arrow

When you are ready to advance to the next slide or perform the next animation, you can press any of the following: the Spacebar , the N key, or the right arrow key.

4. Backspace, P, or Left Arrow

If you need to backtrack , press the Backspace, P, or left arrow key to go back to the previous slide or animation.

Pressing Ctrl+P changes the mouse pointer from an arrow to a pen. You can then use the pen to add a note to a slide or call attention to an item.

6. W or Comma

During a presentation , you might want to pause the slideshow so that you can discuss a certain point. Pressing the W or comma key pauses it and displays a white screen. Pressing the W or comma key again resumes the slideshow. When the slideshow is paused, you can use the pen to write on the white screen. If you do not already have the pen activated, though, you will need to do so with the mouse (Pressing Ctrl+P to activate the pen does not work – it simply prompts the slideshow to resume.) Anything you write on the white screen will not be saved when you resume the slideshow .

7. B or Period

Pressing the B key or period key pauses the slideshow and displays a black screen, which you can write on. Press the B or period key again to resume the slideshow.

8. Ctrl+E or E

If you need to erase a mark you made with a pen on a slide, you can change the pointer to an eraser by pressing Ctrl+E. You can erase all the marks you made to a slide at once by pressing the E key. (The pointer will not change in the latter case.) You cannot use Ctrl+E or E to erase marks on a white or black screen created when pausing a slideshow.

Pressing Ctrl+A changes the pointer to the default arrow.

Another way to change the pointer to the default arrow is pressing the Esc key. If the pointer is already an arrow, pressing Esc exits the slideshow.

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