10+ keyboard shortcuts to help you deliver a smooth PowerPoint presentation


Here are some simple shortcuts to master so that you can give your undivided attention to the Presentation Angel on one shoulder (”Slow down, make eye contact, don’t read your notes like a zombie; you’re doing fine”) and the Presentation Devil on the other (”Is your fly zipped? Why are your hands shaking like that — are you holding a belt sander? Did your boss just roll his eyes on his way out the door?”)

Action Shortcut

Start presentation from first slide                                                     F5

Run the next animation or advance to the next slide                          Enter or Spacebar (or click the mouse)

Return to the previous slide                                                             Backspace

Jump to a particular slide                                                                Type the slide number and press Enter

Jump to the first slide                                                                      Home

Jump to the last slide                                                                      End

Go to a black screen or resume slide show from a black screen        B (or period)

Go to a white screen or resume slide show from a white screen        W (or comma)

End a slide show                                                                           Esc or – (hyphen)

Erase annotations from a slide                                                       E

Change pointer to a pen (and display it and the Popup Menu button, if hidden)            Ctrl + P

Change pointer to an arrow (and display it and the Popup Menu button, if hidden)       Ctrl + A

Hide the pointer and the Popup Menu button                                                             Ctrl + H

Hide the pointer and the Popup Menu button after 15 seconds                                   Ctrl + U

Display the shortcut menu                                                                                         Shift + F10

Jump to the next hyperlink on a slide                                                                         Tab

Jump to the previous hyperlink on a slide                                                                  Shift + Tab

Launch selected hyperlink                                                                                        Enter

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