Based on our experience, the average to advanced PowerPoint user knows between 10 to 30 shortcuts… how many do you know?
This guide covers over 120 of them and will quickly move you up the curve!
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This guide is NOT designed to be consumed in one sitting…this is not a cram session for some pretend PowerPoint exam… and we are not handing out gold stars here.
Instead, pick a PowerPoint activity you frequently perform, learn its shortcuts and save time… And once you have one activity’s shortcuts down, come back and pick up another one.
Use this guide, learn how to REALLY use the shortcuts and shine!
See you at Happy Hour!
If you’re using PowerPoint for work, then learning shortcuts (including some hidden and badass ones), is a must!
Looking for a specific shortcut? Check out the complete shortcut index here.
Shortcuts for inserting things into a presentation
Duplicating slides and objects
Same – Same But Different
These two PowerPoint shortcuts both create duplicates of things in PowerPoint, but there is a strategic difference worth mentioning.
First off though, these two shortcuts work in PowerPoint 2007, PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2013 AND PowerPoint 2016. They also work on a Mac.
The duplicate shortcut (CTRL + D) creates a duplicate or copy, any PowerPoint object that you have selected (tables, charts, objects, slides, etc.). Right off the bat, using CTRL+D is twice as fast as a normal CTR+C to copy and CTRL+V to paste.
The duplicate slide shortcut (CTRL + SHIFT + D) creates a duplicate, or copy of the slide you are currently working on. It sounds like a repeat shortcut, but it plays a very strategic role in PowerPoint, and is definitely worth memorizing.
The duplicate slide keyboard shortcut (CTRL + SHIFT + D) works REGARDLESS of what you are doing and what you have selected.
For example, you can be in the middle of typing text or tweaking a chart and simply hit CTRL + SHIFT + D to create a new, duplicate slide. That gives you an insurance policy to go back to your original layout, if you make a bunch of changes that you end up not liking.
As such, learning to add the SHIFT key to the equation is HIGHLY recommended, as it’s the fastest way to create a duplicate slide in PowerPoint.
PowerPoint Duplicate Slideshow – New Feature
A brand new keyboard shortcut in PowerPoint 2013 and PowerPoint 2016 is the CTRL + SHIFT + N shortcut, which creates a new duplicate slideshow, or presentation, of the one you are currently working in.
So if you find a presentation that you want to quickly copy and tweak, in PowerPoint 2013 or 2016 (same thing as Office 365) just CTRL + SHIFT + N and you can instantly start editing and tweaking the duplicate copy of your deck. Just make sure to hit F12 to save your new presentation with a new name.
To learn more about these shortcuts, check out this article on how to using the duplicate shortcuts in PowerPoint.
Header, footer, and date & time shortcuts
Two Shortcuts, One Sequence
ALT + SHIFT + D is great double dipping shortcut, as it works differently depending on what you are doing in PowerPoint.
But first off, this shortcut works in all PC versions of PowerPoint: PowerPoint 2007, PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2013 AND PowerPoint 2016 (same things as Office 365).
If you’re within a shape (able to type text), hitting ALT + SHIFT + D opens up the Date & Time dialog box allowing you to insert today’s date/time into your shape.
Note: If you select the “Update Automatically” option, the date and time will be updated each time you open your presentation. Can be very handy in certain situations.
On the other hand, if you’re working outside of an object (i.e. not typing text in an object) ALT + SHIFT + D will open up the Header and Footer dialog box, allowing you to add or remove your headers, footers, slide numbers, etc.
So depending on where you are active in your presentation, you can get two completely different results with the ALT + SHIFT + D PowerPoint shortcut keys.
Changing the formatting of the Header and Footer
Within the Header and Footer dialog box, you can change the Header or Footer text, but if you want to change the formatting or positioning of the header and/or footer on your slide, you need to navigate to the Slide Master and make your changes there.
The same is true for changing the formatting or position of page numbers in PowerPoint.
Inserting a new slide shortcuts
Both flavors of the new slide shortcut work in all versions of PowerPoint (PowerPoint 2007 to PowerPoint 2016), BUT it’s important to note the slight nuances here, as it makes a difference (see the above video for an explanation).
First off, using either the CTRL + ENTER or CTRL + M shortcuts to create a new slide, you do get a new slide layout based on the previous layout you were using, what we call a same-same layout.
So for example, if you use the CTRL + M keyboard shortcut while on a two column layout, BOOM…you’ll get a new blank two column layout. Use the same shortcut while working on a divider slide layout and (you guessed it) you’ll get a new divider slide layout.
The only time this same-same layout rule doesn’t work, is with title slides.
If you start on a title slide and use either keyboard shortcut, you will get a blank slide of the next type of slide in your deck…which is the layout directly following your title slide as dictated by your Slide Master.
New slide shortcuts – PowerPoint pro tips
With the CTRL + M shortcut, after creating a new slide, you can immediately start typing text to add text to your title on the new slide (saving you from having to grab your mouse and click into the title placeholder).
With the CTRL + ENTER shortcut, you will first cycle through the placeholders on your slide (making it easy to type text into them) and then create a brand new slide (after there are no more placeholders to cycle to). This is a favorite of consultant’s as it allows you to quickly knock out the framework of your deck while storyboarding.
These bonus tips work in PowerPoint 2007, PowerPoint 2010 and PowerPoint 2013.
To learn more about these shortcuts, check out this article on how to insert new slides in PowerPoint.
Inserting and navigating hyperlinks
How to Create a Hyperlink in PowerPoint
To insert a hyperlink, simply select the object or text that you want to add the hyperlink to and hit CTRL+K on your keyboard to open up the Insert Hyperlink dialog box.
Note: Hyperlinks don’t work in the Normal View of your presentation, they only work in the Slideshow or Presenter Views of your deck.
Creating Hyperlinks in PowerPoint is useful for two main reasons:
#1: Navigational Features
Adding hyperlinks allows you to create navigational or interactive features in your presentations by allowing you to jump around within your deck (from one slide to another), open other programs, navigate to websites, etc.
For example, software engineers use hyperlinks to simulate the opening and closing of different file menus that they have mocked up in PowerPoint.
#2: Pop-Up Text Effect
You can use the ScreenTip functionality of hyperlinks to display pop-up text when you hover your mouse over an object within your presentation. See displaying pop-up text in PowerPoint.
Dealing with Hyperlink Text Colors
If you add a hyperlink to text in PowerPoint you will be stuck with the blue “hyperlink” text formatting, including the underline, which you cannot change or edit.
A clever trick for avoiding this pesky formatting, is to add your hyperlink to the shape that your text is within, instead of the text itself. This way you get your hyperlink functionality with your shape, without inheriting the hyperlink formatting on your text.
To learn more about hyperlinking, check out this article on how to hyperlink in PowerPoint.
Working with slides, text, shapes, videos, and charts
Chart formatting and moving shortcuts
Formatting a Specific Chart Element:
You can quickly format any chart element in PowerPoint (same is true in Excel) by selecting it and hitting CTRL + 1 on your keyboard. Hitting CTRL + 1 will open up the format dialog box with the formatting options SPECIFICALLY for the chart element you selected (which is HUGE).
This cool little trick working in PowerPoint 2007, PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2013 AND PowerPoint 2016 (same this as Office 365).
This formatting shortcut is significantly faster than hunting around in the file menus for your chart formatting options… no matter how fast you are at working with your charts!
Charting Pro Tip
When trying to select an element to format within a complicated chart, from the Chart Tools Format tab, use the Chart Elements dropdown menu to select the specific element you want, then hit CTRL + 1 to open up the correct formatting options.
This works even if the chart element is not visible on your chart.
Copying and pasting formatting and animations
Copy Paste Formatting: A Little-Known but Awesome Shortcut
An almost unknown set of PowerPoint shortcut keys, what I call the “Format Dipper”, allows you to pick up or copy (CTRL + SHIFT + C) an object’s formatting (font style, shape fill, outline, etc.) and quickly apply it to another shape (CTRL + SHIFT + V).
This hotkey has been around FOREVER….and sadly, almost no one is using it.
This is similar to copying (CTRL + C) and pasting objects (CTRL + V) in PowerPoint except it includes the SHIFT key.
Tweak this shortcut just slightly (so ALT + SHIFT + C) and you can copy a sequence of PowerPoint animations too! Hitting this shortcut activates the animation painter, which allows you to then apply your sequence of animations to other objects in PowerPoint.
This two shortcuts will save you HOURS of otherwise annoying and repetitive rework. These are critical for anyone who wants to save time in PowerPoint.
PowerPoint Pro Tip
When copying an object’s formatting (CTRL + SHIFT + C), the formatting stays with you, regardless of how many actions you perform, until you pick up or copy another object’s formatting.
As such, you can pick up your standard formatting for your entire presentation and carry it with you throughout your work session, applying it whenever needed with CTRL + SHIFT + V.
Cut, copy, clipboard, paste and paste special shortcuts
Clipboard Copy Shortcut
The clipboard is a great way to collect a number of items across the Microsoft Office suite, and paste them onto your slides in one go. To turn on the clipboard copy feature of PowerPoint, follow these steps:
- From the Home tab, click the downward facing arrow in the Clipboard group, which opens up the clipboard.
- At the bottom of the clipboard, click on Options
- Make sure that the ‘Show Office Clipboard when Ctrl+C is pressed twice’ is selected.
Now, all you have to do is select an object, hit CTRL + C + C (yes, that’s ‘C’ twice) on your keyboard, and you’ll not only copy your object, but you’ll also open the Clipboard, where you can continue to collect objects and then paste them into your presentation.
Paste Special PowerPoint Shortcut
After copying an object in PowerPoint, you can paste it as picture by hitting CTRL + ALT + V on your keyboard. Doing so opens up the paste special dialog box, allowing you to choose your preferred picture type, including the Metafile format.
Pasting and breaking Metafiles
If you’re using a PC version of PowerPoint, you can paste ab object as one of the metafile formats, and then you can ungroup it into shapes, lines and text boxes.
Check out this article on the paste special shortcut to learn more.
This is extremely useful when trying to extract information out of a table or break a chart down into things that you can easily format in PowerPoint.
See our article on Four Things You Didn’t Know In PowerPoint for a detailed how-to on this.
Grouping and ungrouping shortcuts
How to Group Things in PowerPoint
CTRL + G is the keyboard shortcut for how to group things in PowerPoint, and it works in all versions of PowerPoint. This is a CRITICAL shortcut to learn as it allows you to quickly move and/or resize multiple objects at the same time as a single group, instead of wasting time moving things around piece by piece.
Objects can also be part of more than one group. For example, you can first group two rectangles together (as a box layout) and then take that box layout and group it together with a chart.
To learn more and see examples, see our ultimate guide on how to group things in PowerPoint.
Not all PowerPoint objects can be part of a group
You can group most PowerPoint objects: charts, tables, pictures, shapes, lines text boxes, etc.
That said, a few PowerPoint objects that CANNOT grouped (or be part of a group) are: #1) tables, #2) any content containers set on your Slide Master (slide titles, page numbers, footers, etc.) and, #3) SmartArt graphics.
How Do You Ungroup in PowerPoint?
The inverse of grouping objects in PowerPoint is ungrouping them, which you can easily accomplish with the CTRL + SHIFT + G shortcut keys.
In addition to ungrouping already grouped objects, you can also:
- Ungroup SmartArt graphics, which breaks the graphic down into shapes, lines and text boxes.
- Ungroup vector graphics, which breaks them down into shapes
- Ungroup tables and charts if you first paste them as Metafiles (using the Paste Special dialog box – ALT + SHIFT + V on your keyboard)
Manipulating shapes shortcuts
Moving, Growing, Rotating, and Duplicating Shapes in PowerPoint
These shortcuts are incredibly simple, and yet, so powerful. Once you learn them, you will never want to reach for your mouse to manipulate your shapes again!
Selection Pane shortcuts
Using the Selection Pane in PowerPoint
The most useful of the Selection Pane shortcuts in PowerPoint 2010 and 2013 is simply opening and closing it with the ALT + F10 keyboard shortcut. Once the pane is open, you can either navigate ti with your keyboard (for the more advanced keyboard users), or simply use your mouse (which is good enough for most things).
In PowerPoint 2007, the Selection Pane is known as the ‘Selection and Visibility’ pane and must be opened with your mouse (there is no keyboard shortcut for opening and closing it).
To open the pane in PPT 2007, from the Home tab, select the Arrange tool drop down and then select the Selection Pane at the bottom of the dropdown.
Selection Pane Pro Tip
To use ALL of the Selection Pane shortcuts (like collapsing and expanding groups) in PowerPoint 2010 and 2013, you need to get to the Selection Pane by rotating through active panes from your keyboard (using F6)… which is SUPER weird, but that’s how it is.
Let me quickly explain.
Normally, you can click something with your mouse to activate it in PowerPoint. Right? Well this doesn’t work with the a couple of shortcuts for the Selection Pane.
Instead you need to hit F6 on your keyboard to rotate to it… otherwise some of the keyboard shortcuts shown above won’t work.
Subscripts, superscripts, font dialog box, and text formatting shortcuts
How to write subscripts and superscripts in PowerPoint
In PowerPoint 2010 and 2013, you can turn subscript writing on and off with the CTRL + ‘=’ keyboard shortcut, and superscripts on and off with the CTRL + SHIFT + ‘=’ keyboard shortcut.
These same shortcuts work in PowerPoint 2007 to make superscripts and subscripts, except to turn them back off you need to launch the font dialog box, CTRL + T on your keyboard.
Font dialog box pro tip: The Font dialog box is keyboard driven, so after opening it (CTRL + T) you can continue to navigate your options directly from your keyboard.
Look for the underlined letters in the words within the dialog box, which you can activate by holding the ALT key and hitting those letters on your keyboard.
For example, to select the “strikethrough” command within the dialog box, hit ALT + K.
Text alignment shortcuts
Aligning text in PowerPoint
There are four text alignment shortcuts that allow you to quickly change how you lay your text out within your slide’s text boxes or shapes:
Center Align Text (CTRL + E) is often used for titles, and will align your text in the center of its container.
Left Align Text (CTRL + L) is the most common text alignment option, starting your text alignment form the left.
Right Align Text (CTRL + R) aligns your text to the right, which is useful when building your own titles for bar charts, for example.
Justify Align Text (CTRL + J) spreads your text out between the margins you have set. It’s important to note that the last hanging lines in your paragraphs will not be justified, as that would create weird text spacing.
Working with blocks of text
How to navigate and manipulate text from the keyboard
The above shortcuts are VITAL to your ability as an office worker to increase your word processing speed, whether you are typing in Microsoft PowerPoint or in Microsoft Word.
These shortcuts allow you to quickly navigate, select, edit and rearrange blocks of text… which is likely what you are dong ALL DAY long.
Learning the above shortcuts will DRAMATICALLY improve the speed at which you type and process text.
Working with the PowerPoint environment
Arranging PowerPoint windows shortcuts
Flipping through and arranging open presentations
When working with multiple presentations open at the same time, knowing how to cycle forward through them (CTRL + F6) and quickly snap them all side-by-side (CTRL + SHIFT + F10 in PowerPoint 2010 and 2013) is a lifesaver.
Of all the places to lose time when working under a tight deadline, the last thing you want to stumble on is simply flipping through and arranging your presentations.
'Distraction Free Mode' and collapsing the Ribbon shortcuts
Clearing the clutter from your workspace
These two shortcuts are a great way to create some visual space on your screen so that you can more easily work on what Cal Newport calls ‘Deep Work’: Professional activities performed in a state of distraction free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill and are hard to replicate.
For more details about these two shortcuts (including the brand-new 2016 one), see our article on decluttering your PowerPoint workspace.
Gridlines, guides and rulers shortcuts
Better layout options for your presentations
The PowerPoint gridlines (SHIFT + F9), PowerPoint drawing guides (ALT + F9) and PowerPoint ruler (ALT + SHIFT + F9), are all features to help you better layout your content across your slides, improving the professionalism of your presentation.
I find the drawing guides (ALT + F9) much easier to use than the gridlines (SHIFT + F9), as you can manually adjust their position on your slide and quickly add new ones by holding the CTRL key and dragging with your mouse.
An example of using the drawing guides is setting the left side of your slide where you want all of your objects to start on each and every slide. Once the line is set, you can then see that line on all of your slides and layout your content accordingly.
Drawing guides PowerPoint 20013 – New features
PowerPoint 2013 introduced some new (handy) drawing guide features, including:
- Allowing you to change the color of the drawing guides by right-clicking them, making it easier to see what you have laid out on your slide.
- Allowing you to set them on your slide master, so that they cannot be nudged or moved in the normal view.
Turning your PowerPoint ruler on and off is also a convenient shortcut when you are working on a small screen (ALT + SHIFT + F9). Typically you only need the ruler for adjusting your bullet point spacing, so having a quick way to turn it on and off is handy.
Navigating active panes shortcuts
How to rotate between active panes
These are advanced “keyboard junkie” shortcuts and should be reserved for the hardcore!
What these do is allow you to rotate between the open panes in the PowerPoint environment (of which there are five default ones) and any other panes or dialog boxes that you have open.
The default panes in order are:
- The Workspace
- The command bar (at the bottom of your workspace)
- The Ribbon
- The Notes pane
- The slide thumbnail view on the left side of your screen
You can cycle forward through these panes with the F6 key, or backwards through them with SHIFT + F6, allowing you to get at the various commands in these views directly from your keyboard… sorry mouse!Rotating to the Outline View and the Selection Pane
I find these shortcuts are best used in combination with the Selection Pane (ALT + F10) and Outline View (CTRL + SHIFT + TAB) shortcuts, as these are the panes most of us need to frequently get to. Also, both of these panes have very useful keyboard shortcuts associated with them.
For example, to use some of the Selection Pane shortcuts, after opening the Selection Pane (ALT + F10), you need to make it the active pane before you can use the other shortcuts associated with it. So after opening it, hit F6 on your keyboard and you will rotate to it, and use your other shortcuts. See the Selection Pane shortcuts.
The same is true for the Outline View, except that instead of rotating forwards to it, you need to rotate backwards to it… Don’t ask me why. So after opening the Outline View (CTRL + SHIFT + TAB), you can activate it from you keyboard by hitting SHIFT + F6. See the Outline View shortcuts (next).
Outline View shortcuts
PowerPoint Outline View
The Outline View is great for managing large presentations, as it allows you to quickly cycle through, rearrange and evaluate your content at a 30,000 foot view.
It’s also a great way to insert and quickly update your content (titles, subtitles and content containers) as a bulleted list.
To quickly open or close the Outline View in any version of PowerPoint, simply use the CTRL + SHIFT + TAB keyboard shortcut.
Using ALL of the Outline View shortcuts
To use all of the Outline View shortcuts, you need to be active in the Outline View from your keyboard… you cannot just select it with your mouse.
After opening the Outline View (CTRL + SHIFT + TAB), you can rotate to it by hitting SHIFT+F6 on your keyboard.
See the Navigating Active Panes shortcuts for more.
To learn more about this view, check out our ultimate guide on the PowerPoint Outline View.
Note: The Outline View is also the area that allows you to easily turn a list of bullet points into slides, using Word as an in-between.
To learn more about this, check out our article on how to create slides from a list of text.
Working with PowerPoint presentations
Shortcuts for closing and quitting PowerPoint
Closing vs. quitting PowerPoint
The slight nuance between these shortcuts makes a big difference.
CTRL + W and CTRL + F4 will close your PowerPoint presentation (the one you currently have open), but they will not close PowerPoint, the application.
On the other hand, CTRL + Q or ALT + F4 will not only close ALL of your PowerPoint presentations, they will also close PowerPoint itself.
Note: If you have not saved your changes, you will be given a Save warning before closing your presentations.
Not unique to PowerPoint
These ‘close file’ and ‘close application’ shortcuts work for all Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, Outline, etc.), and the ALT + F4 shortcut will work for any open window in Windows.
Creating and opening presentations
Two shortcuts for opening a presentation
Here is another subtle difference for the hardcore shortcut user:
- CTRL + O will take you the backstage view in PowerPoint to open a presentation, which is ideal for opening a recent presentation.
- CTRL + F12 will take you directly to a file navigation dialog box to find a presentation on your computer.
It is a subtle difference, but if you are frequently opening and closing presentations, these shortcuts will help you jump start your search more effectively (depending on where you want to start).
Pro tip for remembering these shortcuts
The F12 key is directly above the ‘O’ key, so these are actually pretty easy to remember.
Saving and printing presentations
Using Save, Save As, and Print
These three shortcuts work across the ENTIRE office suite and are MANDADTORY shortcuts for any knowledge worker:
Save (CTRL + S) is your best friend as there is little more aggravating than spending hours editing a document to later find that you lost all of your work because you forgot to save it. CTRL + S as often as you can while working on a presentation.
Save As (F12) is a slightly more advanced version of the Save shortcut, as it allows you to save your file with a new name, change its save location or change its file type. The most frequently used alternative file type is the PDF file format, which you can select in the dropdown.
Print (CTRL + P) takes to you the backstage view where you can choose among various printing options. Two of the often overlooked printing options are the Notes pages and the Outline View.
Protecting your presentation
You can use the Save As (F12) shortcut to protect your presentation by saving it as the Picture Slideshow file type. Doing so turns your presentation into pictures that someone can run natively in PowerPoint in Slideshow mode, but cannot edit. See our article on how to protect your PowerPoint presentation for more on this.
Working with PowerPoint slideshows
Shortcuts for inking and highlighting your presentation
Inking your presentation
You have two inking options in PowerPoint (the pen and the highlighter) which allow you draw on your slides during your presentation to make your point visually.
Once the ink is on your slide, you can either:
- Save the ink in your presentation – Simply hit ESC to exit Slideshow Mode and select Save Ink. Saving the ink turns your annotations into object that you can then resize and position on your slides.
- Hide the ink on the screen – Hit CTRL + M to hide the onscreen ink. Hitting CTRL+M a second time will unhide the ink (i.e. make it reappear).
- Erase the ink on the screen – Hit E on your keyboard and any ink that you have added in Slideshow Mode will be erased. Be careful when using this shortcut though as you cannot undo the erase action.
Pre-inking your presentation… sneaky trick alert!
Besides adding ink to your slides in Slideshow Mode, you can also pre-ink your slides and still use your CTRL + M shortcut to hide and show your ink.
To pre-ink your slide, simply open the ink tools, which you can find on the Review tab. You can then draw on your slides (however you like) and make your notes.
After you have inked your presentation, in Slideshow Mode you can hide or display the ink by hitting CTRL + M on your keyboard… pretty sneaky, no?
Shortcuts for launching a slideshow
How to start a slideshow in PowerPoint
The different shortcuts for starting a slideshow give you flexibility in terms of where you are in your deck and in what View you’re in when you want to start your slideshow.
Start Slideshow from Beginning – Slideshow Shortcuts
- Presentation Mode – F5 will start your slideshow from the beginning of your presentation.
- Presenter View – ALT + F5 will start your slideshow from the current in the normal presentation mode.
Start Slideshow from Current Slide – Slideshow Shortcuts
- Presentation Mode – SHIFT + F5 will start your slideshow from the beginning of your presentation in the Presenter View. This view works in PowerPoint 2013 and in PowerPoint 2010 if you are hooked up to an external monitor.
- Presenter View – ALT + SHIFT + F5 will start your slideshow from the current slide in the new Presenter’s View. This works in PowerPoint 2010 if you are hooked up to an external monitor and in PowerPoint 2013.
I find the Start from Current Slide the most flexible for spot checking your content in fullscreen mode, and rehearsing individual slides in the new Presenter View.
Spot checking for errors
When spot checking your presentation for errors in Slideshow Mode, it’s a best practice to go through your deck multiple times, each time looking for a single type of error (unaligned titles, wrong formatting, etc.).
Although it might appear to take more time, it makes spotting embarrassing presentation errors significantly easier when you are simple-mindedly focused on a specific error.
Navigating your slides in a slideshow
The two easiest ways to jump between the slides in your presentation in Slideshow Mode are:
Method #1: Assuming you know the slide’s number, hit the number on your keyboard and then hit ENTER. For example, if you want to jump to slide number 22, hit 2, then 2, and then ENTER and you will jump to slide #22.
Method #2: Assuming you don’t know your slide’s number, you can hit CTRL+S on your keyboard to see a list of all the different slides and use this dialog box to jump around within your presentation.
A third option is to use hyperlinks, which you can also navigate to from your keyboard in Slideshow mode. See this article on how to insert and navigate hyperlinks in PowerPoint.
PowerPoint pro tip: Use the black and white screen shortcuts to save ink
Using the ‘B’ or ‘W’ keys to make your screen black or white during your presentation is much better than adding black or white slides to your presentation for two reasons:
- It gives you more flexibility as to when you blank out your screen to manage your audience.
- It cuts down the size of your deck and SAVES your printer’s toner cartridge, especially if you are using black slides to blank out your screen.
I've seen people print decks with many completely black slides (i.e. the points at which the presenter wanted to pause during the presentation) and completely killed the printer’s toner cartridge.
Video and audio playback shortcuts
PowerPoint video and audio shortcuts
PowerPoint 2010 and 2013 now lets you control the multimedia in your presentation directly from your keyboard including pausing and playing your videos or audio (ALT + P), controlling the volume (ALT + ↑↓), and jumping between bookmarks in your videos (ALT + Home / END).
How to create a bookmark in your video
To add a bookmark to your video, select it in PowerPoint, and follow these steps:
- Place the play bar on the video’s timeline in the place where you want your bookmark to be
- Navigate to the Video Tools Playback Tab in the Ribbon
- Select ‘Add Bookmark’
Other useful PowerPoint shortcuts
Find and replace shortcuts
Using the find and replace keyboard shortcuts
Find (CTRL + F) is good for finding text strings within your presentation. For example, you could search for the name of your product to jump to its description.
Replace (CTRL + H) is good for finding AND replacing text strings within your presentation. For example, if you are scrubbing a deckto remove your client’s name, you could search for your client’s name and replace it with ‘The Company’.
Find Again (SHIFT + F4) will find the next instance of the text string that you previously searched for… without reopening the Find dialog box. It’s good for continuing to cycle through your presentation and make edits.
Pro PowerPoint tip: Word of caution with ‘Replace All’
When using the Replace dialog box (CTRL + H), you have a ‘Replace All’ option.
If you use this option, PowerPoint will sweep through your ENTIRE presentation, including your Slide Master, and replace every instance of the word you are searching for and replacing. This can be good if that’s what you are trying to do, but NIGHTMARE if you are not 100% sure. So just be careful.
If you accidentally do ‘Replace All’ you can thankfully CTRL + Z to undo all of the replacements.
Undo and redo shortcuts
Undo and redo shortcuts
The Undo and Redo commands are Microsoft Office essentials! As you know, Undo is CTRL + Z.
As for Redo, or Repeat Last Action, there are two flavors of the shortcut that work across the entire Office suite (PowerPoint, Excel, Word, etc.). You have CTRL + Y and F4, both of which are best used in PowerPoint when working in a sweeping technique.
By a sweeping technique, I simply mean working through your slides accomplishing a single task at a time, like changing font or fill colors, outlines, text size, etc.
When sweeping through your deck, if you use one of the Repeat Last Action commands, you can simply repeat your last action over and over again, saving yourself a lot of clicking around and wasted time.
Setting the number of 'undo's'
As demonstrated in the video above, you can change the limit of how many Undo commands you can perform.
- Navigate to the File menu
- Select Options at the bottom of the menu
- Select Advanced on the left
- In the ‘Editing Options’ section, type in the number of Undo’s you’d like in the box next to ‘Maximum number of undos’
Complete indexed list of shortcuts (from A to Z)
Want a fast way to find a shortcut? Hit Ctrl + F on your keyboard to search the page.
|Action||Shortcut||Versions of PowerPoint|
|Activate a hyperlink (like clicking it) while in Slideshow View||ENTER||All (since 2007)|
|Activate Highlighter while in Slideshow View||CTRL+I||All (since 2007)|
|Activate Laser Pointer while in Slideshow View||CTRL+L||All (since 2007)|
|Activate Pen Pointer while in Slideshow View||CTRL+P||All (since 2007)|
|Active a mouse-over hyperlink while in Slideshow View||SHIFT+ENTER||All (since 2007)|
|Bold||CTRL+B||All (since 2007)|
|Bring selected object(s) forward in the Selection Pane||CTRL+SHIFT+F||All (since 2007)|
|Center align paragraph||CTRL+E||All (since 2007)|
|Change sentence case||SHIFT+F3||All (since 2007)|
|Close presentation||CTRL+W||All (since 2007)|
|Close the presentation||CTRL+F4||All (since 2007)|
|Close the Visua Basic dialog box||ALT+F4 or ALT+Q||All (since 2007)|
|Collapse / expand a single group in Outline View||ALT+SHIFT+= / ALT+SHIFT+-||All (since 2007)|
|Collapse all groups in Outline View||ALT+SHIFT+1||All (since 2007)|
|Collapse groups in the Selection Pane||ALT+SHIFT+1||2010 and later|
|Collapse the Ribbon||CTRL+F1||All (since 2007)|
|Copy||CTRL+C||All (since 2007)|
|Copy formatting||CTRL+SHIFT+C||All (since 2007)|
|Copy object’s animations||ALT+SHIFT+C||2010 and later|
|Create a duplicate presentation||CTRL+SHIFT+N||2013 & 2016|
|Create a new slide in Outline View||ENTER||All (since 2007)|
|Create a new guideline||CTRL+Drag with mouse||All (since 2007)|
|Cut||CTRL+X||All (since 2007)|
|Cycle through videos / media while in Slideshow View||TAB / SHIFT+TAB||All (since 2007)|
|Decrease font size||CTRL+[ or ALT+SHIFT+COMMA||All (since 2007)|
|Demote a slide title in Outline View||SHIFT+TAB or ALT+SHIFT+→||All (since 2007)|
|Distraction Free Mode (hiding the Ribbon)||CTRL+SHIFT+F1||2016|
|Draw a perfect shape (height = width)||SHIFT+Drag a shape||All (since 2007)|
|Draw a straight line||SHIFT+Draw a line||All (since 2007)|
|Duplicate a slide||CTRL+SHIFT+D||All (since 2007)|
|Duplicate an object||CTRL+D||All (since 2007)|
|End slideshow||ESC||All (since 2007)|
|Erase annotations while in Slideshow View||E||All (since 2007)|
|Expand all groups in Outline View||ALT+SHIFT+ 9||All (since 2007)|
|Expand groups in the Selection Pane||ALT+SHIFT+9||2010 and later|
|Find text||CTRL+F||All (since 2007)|
|Format a chart element||CTRL+1||All (since 2007)|
|Go to a slide while in Slideshow View||Slide Number+ENTER||All (since 2007)|
|Go to first slide while in Slideshow View||HOME||All (since 2007)|
|Go to last slide while in Slideshow View||END||All (since 2007)|
|Go to the previous / next bookmark in a video while in Slideshow View||ALT+HOME / ALT+END||2010 and later|
|Group objects||CTRL+G||All (since 2007)|
|Hide an object in the Selection Pane||CTRL+SHIFT+S||2010 and later|
|Hide cursor and lower lefthand buttons while in Slideshow View||CTRL+H||All (since 2007)|
|Hide or unhide your ink while in Slideshow View||CTRL+M||All (since 2007)|
|Hide the thumbnail view||CTRL+SHIFT Normal View command (lower right-hand corner)||All (since 2007)|
|Increase font size||CTRL +[ or ALT+SHIFT+Period||All (since 2007)|
|Insert a hperlink||CTRL+K||All (since 2007)|
|Insert a new slide||CTRL+M||All (since 2007)|
|Insert a new slide (after cycling through your content containers)||CTRL+ENTER||All (since 2007)|
|Italics||CTRL+I||All (since 2007)|
|Justify paragraph||CTRL+J||All (since 2007)|
|Left align paragraph||CTRL+L||All (since 2007)|
|Move a chart like an object||CTRL+Select the chart||All (since 2007)|
|Move a title down in Outline View||ALT+SHIFT+↓||All (since 2007)|
|Move a title up in Outline View||ALT+SHIFT+↑||All (since 2007)|
|Move to the next PowerPoint window||CTRL+F6||All (since 2007)|
|Move to the previous PowerPoint window||CTRL+SHIFT+F6||All (since 2007)|
|Mute / unmute video / media while in Slideshow View||ALT+U||2010 & 2013|
|Navigate between hyperlinks while in Slideshow View||TAB or SHIFT+TAB||All (since 2007)|
|Open / close the Outline View||CTRL+SHIFT+TAB||All (since 2007)|
|Open / close the Selection Pane||SHIFT+F10||2010 and later|
|Open a presentation (backstage view)||CTRL+O||2010 and later|
|Open a presentation (Open dialog box)||CTRL+F12||All (since 2007)|
|Open additional window options||ALT+-||All (since 2007)|
|Open Font dialog box||CTRL+T or CTRL+SHIFT+P or CTRL+SHIFT+F||All (since 2007)|
|Open Set Up Show dialog box||SHIFT+Slideshow View Command (lower right-hand corner)||All (since 2007)|
|Open Slideshow Options dialog box||SHIFT+Reading View Command (lower right-hand corner)||All (since 2007)|
|Open the available slides to work with while in Slideshow View||CTRL+S||All (since 2007)|
|Open the Handout Master View||SHIFT+Slide Sorter View Command (lower right-hand corner)||All (since 2007)|
|Open the Header and Footer dialog box||ALT+SHIFT+D||All (since 2007)|
|Open the Outline View in fullscreen||CTRL+SHIFT+Slide Sorter View command (lower right-hand corner)||All (since 2007)|
|Open the Slide Master View||Alt, W, M or SHIFT+Normal View command (lower right-hand corner)||All (since 2007)|
|Open the Visual Basic dialog box||ALT+F11||All (since 2007)|
|Paste||CTRL+V||All (since 2007)|
|Paste formatting||CTRL+SHIFT+V||All (since 2007)|
|Paste and open the Paste Special dialog box||CTRL+ALT+V||All (since 2007)|
|Perform next animation or advance to next slide||ENTER or PAGE DOWN or RIGHT ARROW or DOWN ARROW or SPACEBAR or Click with mouse||All (since 2007)|
|Play / Pause video / media while in Slideshow View||Alt+P||2010 and later|
|Present online||CTRL+F5||2010 and later|
|CTRL+P or CTRL+SHIFT+F12||All (since 2007)|
|Promote a slide title in Outline View||SHIFT+TAB or ALT+SHIFT+←||All (since 2007)|
|Quit PowerPoint||CTRL+Q or ALT+F4||All (since 2007)|
|Redisplay cursor and/or change the cursor to an arrow while in Slideshow View||CTRL+A||All (since 2007)|
|Remove all formatting||CTRL+Spacebar||All (since 2007)|
|Rename an object in the Selection Pane||F2||2010 and later|
|Repeat the last ‘find’ action||CTRL+A||All (since 2007)|
|Repeat last action (redo)||CTRL+Y or F4||All (since 2007)|
|Replace text||CTRL+H||All (since 2007)|
|Rewind video / media while in Slideshow View||ALT+SHIFT+←||2010 and later|
|Right align text||CTRL+L||All (since 2007)|
|Save||CTRL+S or SHIFT+F12||All (since 2007)|
|Save as||F12 OR ALT+F12||All (since 2007)|
|Select multiple shapes in the Selection Pane||SHIFT+Spacebar or SHIFT+ENTER||All (since 2007)|
|Send selected an object(s) backwards in the Selection Pane||CTRL+SHIFT+B||All (since 2007)|
|Show / hide gridlines||ALT+F9||All (since 2007)|
|Show / hide guidelines||SHIFT+F9||All (since 2007)|
|Show / hide rulers||ALT+SHIFT+F9||2010 & 2013|
|Show the next hidden slide while in Slideshow View||H||All (since 2007)|
|Skip forwards in a video / media while in Slideshow View||ALT+SHIFT+→||2010 and later|
|Snap all presentation windows side-by-side||CTRL+SHIFT+F10||2010 and later|
|Start Presenter View from current slide||ALT+SHIFT+F5||2010 (with second monitor only), 2013, 2016|
|Start Presenter View from first slide||ALT+F5||2010 (with second monitor only), 2013, 2016|
|Start slideshow from current slide||SHIFT+F5||All (since 2007)|
|Start slideshow from the first slide||F5||All (since 2007)|
|Start slideshow in mini-window||CTRL+Slideshow View command (lower right-hand corner)||2007 & 2010|
|Start slideshow in mini-window||ALT+Slideshow View command (lower right-hand corner)||2013 and later|
|Stop video / media while in Slideshow View||ALT+Q||All (since 2007)|
|Subscript||CTRL+=||All (since 2007)|
|Superscript||CTRL+SHIFT+=||All (since 2007)|
|Switch to the next open pane||F6||All (since 2007)|
|Switch to the previous open pane||SHIFT+F6||All (since 2007)|
|Turn Snap to Grid on / off||CTRL+SHIFT+F9||All (since 2007)|
|Turn your screen black while in Slideshow View||B or Period||All (since 2007)|
|Turn your screen white while in Slideshow View||W or Comma||All (since 2007)|
|Underline||CTRL+U||All (since 2007)|
|Undo last action||CTRL+Z||All (since 2007)|
|Ungroup object||CTRL+SHIFT+G||All (since 2007)|
|Volume down while in Slideshow View||ALT+↓||2010 and later|
|Volume up while in Slideshow View||ALT+↑||2010 and later|
|Zoom in / out while in Slideshow View||= / –||2013 and later|
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