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Use keyboard shortcuts to deliver 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 creating your presentation, go to Use keyboard shortcuts to create PowerPoint presentations.

Notes: 

  • 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 and some other common shortcut keys that apply while you're delivering your presentation with PowerPoint for Windows.

Notes: 

  • To quickly find a shortcut in this article, you can use 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 record a macro. For step-by-step instructions to record a macro, refer to the section “Record a macro” in Automate tasks with the Macro Recorder to create one.

  • During the presentation, to open a list of shortcuts, press F1. Use the arrow keys to move between the tabs in the Slide Show Help dialog box.

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

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Frequently used shortcuts

This table lists the most frequently used shortcuts in PowerPoint for Windows.

To do this

Press

Start a presentation from the beginning.

F5

Start a presentation from the current slide.

Shift+F5

Start the presentation in Presenter View.

Alt+F5

PowerPoint 2010 and 2007: Not available

Perform the next animation or advance to the next slide.

N

Enter

Page down

Right arrow key

Down arrow key

Spacebar

Perform the previous animation or return to the previous slide.

P

Page up

Left arrow key

Up arrow key

Backspace

Hide the pointer and navigation buttons.

Ctrl+H

Display a blank black slide, or return to the presentation from a blank black slide.

B

Period (.)

Display a blank white slide, or return to the presentation from a blank white slide.

W

Comma (,)

End the presentation.

Esc

PowerPoint 2010 and 2007: Hyphen (-)

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Control the slide show

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts while you’re delivering your presentation in Slide Show (full-screen) mode, with or without Presenter View.

To do this

Press

Go to a specific slide.

Type the slide number, then press Enter

Go to the next slide, if the next slide is hidden.

H (not available in Presenter View)

View the All Slides dialog box.

Ctrl+S

PowerPoint 2007: Not available

Return to the first slide.

Home

PowerPoint 2010 and newer: Press and hold the Right and Left mouse buttons for two seconds

Go to the last slide.

End

View the computer taskbar.

Ctrl+T

PowerPoint 2007: Not available

Display the context menu.

Shift+F10 or the Windows Menu key

Display the shortcuts menu.

F1

Go to the next hotspot on the current slide.

(Hotspots include hyperlinks, animation triggers, audio objects, and video objects.)

Tab key

Go to the previous hyperlink on the current slide.

Shift+Tab

Open the selected hyperlink.

Enter while a hyperlink is selected

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Control media in the slide show 

These keyboard shortcuts work with video files imported from your computer or other device. They don't work with online video files.

To do this

Press

Change the camera source for cameo
(PowerPoint for Microsoft 365 only)

Alt+X

Play or pause media.

Alt+P

PowerPoint 2013 and newer: Ctrl+Spacebar

Stop media playback.

Alt+Q

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

Mute the sound.

Alt+U

Move forward three seconds.

Alt+Shift+Page down

Move backward three seconds.

Alt+Shift+Page up

Move forward 0.25 seconds, then pause.

Alt+Shift+Right arrow key

PowerPoint 2010: Not available

Move backward 0.25 seconds, then pause.

Alt+Shift+Left arrow key

PowerPoint 2010: Not available

Show or hide the audio and subtitles menu.

(For videos that have multiple audio tracks and/or subtitle tracks in supported formats.)

Alt+J

PowerPoint 2010: Not available

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Pointer and annotations in the slide show

Use the following keyboard shortcuts to control the pointer and to use it to create annotations during your presentation.

To do this

Press

Start the laser pointer.

Ctrl+L

PowerPoint 2010: Not available

Change the pointer to a pen.

Ctrl+P

Change the pointer to an arrow.

Ctrl+A

Change the pen pointer to an eraser.

Ctrl+E

PowerPoint 2007: Not available

Hide the arrow pointer.

Ctrl+H

PowerPoint 2010: Equal sign ( = )

PowerPoint 2010 and 2007: A

Show or hide ink markup.

Ctrl+M

Erase on-screen annotations.

E

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Rehearse the presentation

You can use these keyboard shortcuts when you are rehearsing your presentation.

To do this

Press

Set new timings while rehearsing.

T

Use original timings while rehearsing.

O

PowerPoint 2013 and older: Not available

Use mouse click to advance while rehearsing.

M

PowerPoint 2013 and older: Not available

Re-record slide narration and timing.

R

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Maneuver in Presenter View

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts while you’re delivering your presentation using Presenter View in PowerPoint 2013 and newer. Presenter View lets you look at your presentation with your speaker notes on one screen (your laptop, for example), while the audience views the notes-free presentation on a different screen.

When you are connected to a second display, Presenter View is shown automatically when you start the slide show. To start a presentation in Presenter View even if you have only a single display, press Alt+F5.

Tip: If Presenter View does not start automatically with two displays, go the Slide Show tab, select the Use Presenter View checkbox, and select the preferred monitor.

To do this

Press

Cycle between Presenter View regions.

(Buttons above the slide, buttons on the upper-right corner, and the Notes pane)

F6

Cycle through tools within a Presenter View region.

Tab key

Scroll down one line in the Notes pane.

Ctrl+Down arrow key

Scroll up one line in the Notes pane.

Ctrl+Up arrow key

Scroll down one screenful in the Notes pane.

Ctrl+Page down

Scroll up one screenful in the Notes pane.

Ctrl+Page up

Read the next line in the Notes pane.

Alt+A

Read the previous line in the Notes pane.

Alt+Z

Read the elapsed time.

(The timer starts running as soon as you start Presenter View.)

Alt+W

Read the next step (for example, the next slide, next animation, or end of slide show).

Alt+Q

Close Presenter View.

Esc

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See also

PowerPoint help & learning

Screen reader support for PowerPoint

Use keyboard shortcuts to create 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 and some other common shortcut keys that apply while you're delivering your presentation with PowerPoint for macOS.

Notes: 

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

  • 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 for macOS. 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.

  • During the presentation, to open a list of shortcuts, press forward slash (/).

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Frequently used shortcuts

This table lists the most frequently used shortcuts in PowerPoint for macOS.

To do this

Press

Start a presentation from the beginning.

⌘+Shift+Return

Start a presentation from the current slide.

⌘+Return

Start the presentation in Presenter View.

Option+Return

Perform the next animation or advance to the next slide.

N

Page down

Right arrow key

Down arrow key

Spacebar

Perform the previous animation or return to the previous slide.

P

Page up

Left arrow key

Up arrow key

Delete

Hide the pointer.

⌘+I

Display a blank black slide, or return to the presentation from a blank black slide.

B

Shift+B

Period (.)

Display a blank white slide, or return to the presentation from a blank white slide.

W

Shift+W

Comma (,)

End the presentation.

Esc

Hyphen (-)

⌘+Period (.)

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Control the slide show

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts while you’re delivering your presentation in Slide Show (full-screen) mode, with or without the Presenter View.

To do this

Press

Go to a specific slide.

Type the slide number, then press Return

Go to the next slide, if the next slide is hidden.

H

Return to the first slide.

Function+Left arrow key

Go to the last slide.

Function+Right arrow key

Display the shortcut menu.

Control+Mouse click

Go to the next hotspot on the current slide.

(Hotspots include hyperlinks, animation triggers, audio objects, and video objects.)

Tab key

Go to the previous hyperlink on the current slide.

Shift+Tab

Open the selected hyperlink.

Return while a hyperlink is selected

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Control media in the slide show

Use the following keyboard shortcuts to control media during a presentation.

To do this

Press

Change the camera source for cameo
(PowerPoint for Microsoft 365 for Mac only)

Option+X

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Pointer and annotations in the slide show

Use the following keyboard shortcuts to control the pointer and to use it to create annotations during your presentation.

To do this

Press

Start the laser pointer.

⌘+L

Change the pointer to a pen.

⌘+P

Change the pointer to an arrow.

⌘+A

Hide the pointer.

⌘+I

Hide the pointer on mouse move.

Control+H

Show the pointer on mouse move.

⌘+U

Erase on-screen annotations.

Shift+E

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Navigate the Presenter View on macOS 10.15 (Catalina) and later

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts while you’re delivering your presentation using the Presenter View on macOS 10.15 (Catalina) and later, and when the keyboard control navigation is turned on. For instructions, refer to Turn on the keyboard control navigation.

Use the shortcuts in the table below to move in the Presenter View in PowerPoint for macOS.

To do this

Press

Start the presentation in the Presenter View.

Option+Return

Move the focus to the next control.

Tab key

Move the focus to the previous control.

Shift+Tab

Activate the control in focus.

Spacebar

In the Notes Pane, move the focus to the next control (pressing the Tab key inserts a tab character).

Control+Tab

Skip ahead in your presentation

You can use your keyboard to skip ahead several slides without the audience seeing the slides as you transition to the new slide.

  1. Press the Tab key until you reach the Slide Navigator control (filmstrip).

  2. Press and hold down the Option key and press the Left or Right arrow key repeatedly until you find the slide you want to skip to.

  3. Release the Option key to move to the slide you want to skip to.

Turn on the keyboard control navigation

To use your keyboard to move between and activate controls on your Mac, turn on the keyboard control navigation.

If you're not using VoiceOver, on your computer, select System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts, and select the Use keyboard navigation to move focus between controls checkbox.

If you're using VoiceOver, the control navigation should be on by default. To check the setting, do the following:

  1. On your computer, press Control+Option+M to access the Apple menu bar item. To open the Apple menu, press Control+Option+Spacebar.

  2. Press Control+Option+Down arrow key until you hear "System preferences ellipses," and then press Control+Option+Spacebar.

    The System Preferences window opens. The focus is in the Search text box.

  3. Type Keyboard, and then press Return. The Keyboard dialog box opens.

  4. Press Control+Option+Right arrow key until you hear "Shortcuts tab," and then press Control+Option+Spacebar.

  5. Press Control+Option+Right arrow key until you hear: "Use keyboard navigation to move focus between controls." VoiceOver also announces if the option is selected or unselected. To toggle the option on or off, press Control+Option+Spacebar.

  6. To close the Keyboard dialog box, press Command+W.

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See also

PowerPoint help & learning

Screen reader support for PowerPoint

Use keyboard shortcuts to create 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 that apply while you're delivering your presentation with PowerPoint for the web.

Notes: 

  • 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 in this article, you can use 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.

Control the slide show

This table lists the keyboard shortcuts you can use to control the slide show.

To do this

Press

Perform the next animation or advance to the next slide.

N

Enter

Page down

Right arrow key

Down arrow key

Spacebar

Perform the previous animation or return to the previous slide.

P

Page up

Left arrow key

Up arrow key

Backspace

End the presentation.

Esc

See also

PowerPoint help & learning

Screen reader support for PowerPoint

Use keyboard shortcuts to create PowerPoint presentations

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

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate PowerPoint

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