Did you know that when giving a presentation you can use Keyboard shortcuts?

These Shortcuts are key to display a blank black or white slide, or to return to the presentation from a blank black or white slide, to create or erase on screen annotations and much more!

As we have shown in our previous blog entries series “PowerPoint Shortcuts”, it is important to know that there are short codes that will make your life easier when presenting lectures or conferences, bringing them to another level. These Shortcuts will make a big difference.

Well that’s all there is to it! The following shortcuts will facilitate your interaction with the audience. Let’s go through the shortcuts list. We hope you find them to be useful and take them to practice! (These short cuts work for computers whose default language is English, for other languages they may be different).


If you need to run a presentation in Slide Show view

This is the shortcut you need

Start a presentation from the beginning. F5
Perform the next animation or advance to the next slide. N, ENTER, PAGE DOWN, RIGHT ARROW, DOWN ARROW, or SPACEBAR
Perform the previous animation or return to the previous slide. P, PAGE UP, LEFT ARROW, UP ARROW, or BACKSPACE
Go to slide number. number+ENTER
Display a blank black slide, or return to the presentation from a blank black slide. B or PERIOD
Display a blank white slide, or return to the presentation from a blank white slide. W or COMMA
Stop or restart an automatic presentation. S
End a presentation. ESC or HYPHEN
Erase on-screen annotations. E
Go to the next slide, if the next slide is hidden. H
Set new timings while rehearsing. T
Use original timings while rehearsing. O
Use mouse-click to advance while rehearsing. M
Re-record slide narration and timing R
Return to the first slide. Press and hold Right and Left Mouse buttons for 2 seconds
Show or hide the arrow pointer A or =
Change the pointer to a pen. CTRL+P
Change the pointer to an arrow. CTRL+A
Change the pointer to an eraser CTRL+E
Show or hide ink markup CTRL+M
Hide the pointer and navigation button immediately. CTRL+H
Hide the pointer and navigation button in 15 seconds. CTRL+U
View the All Slides dialog box CTRL+S
View the computer task bar CTRL+T
Display the shortcut menu. SHIFT+F10
Go to the first or next hyperlink on a slide. TAB
Go to the last or previous hyperlink on a slide. SHIFT+TAB
Perform the “mouse click” behavior of the selected hyperlink. ENTER while a hyperlink is selected


If you need to show media during a presentation

This is the shortcut you need

to see a list of controls during your presentation F1
Stop media playback ALT+Q
Toggle between play and pause ALT+P
Go to the next bookmark ALT+END
Go to the previous bookmark ALT+HOME
Increase the sound volume ALT+Up
Decrease the sound volume ALT+Down
Seek backward ALT+SHIFT+PAGE UP
Mute the sound ALT+U



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