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Microsoft PowerPoint 2008

Keyboard Shortcuts

This document discusses keyboard shortcuts which are specific to PowerPoint 2008. For more information about commonly used shortcuts, refer to Office 2007: Keyboard Shortcuts.

Return to TopCreating a New Slide

You may need to create new slides frequently as you are making your PowerPoint presentation. This keyboard shortcut can help speed up the process of opening and choosing new slides.

  1. With the existing presentation already open, press [Ctrl] + [M]
    Press [Command Key]+[shift]+[N]
    A new slide appears.

Return to TopMoving within Slides

Navigating within slides means you will be moving through all the objects within a single slide using key commands. By using the [Tab] key, you can move from object to object. When you tab to an object, it is selected and can be formatted to meet your needs. Objects include such things as text boxes, images, and AutoShapes.

NOTE: In order to navigate within a slide using the key commands, make sure the desired slide is selected.

Action Key Command
To move ahead one object within the slide [Tab]
To move back one object within the slide [shift] + [Tab]
To start typing within a text box
  1. By pressing the [Tab] key, select appropriate text box
  2. Press [return]
  3. Type the appropriate information
To deselect an object [Esc]


Return to TopPresenting Your Slide Show

Once your presentation is open in Normal view, there are several ways of navigating within the presentation. Using the keyboard shortcuts can help speed up the process and increase the accuracy of commands performed between and within the slides.

HINT: You can press [Help] during a slide show to see this list of controls.
NOTE: Some laptop keyboards do not have the [Help] button.

Action Control Option
Advance to the next slide Left click, press [Spacebar], [N], right or down arrows, [return], or [Page Down]
Return to the previous slide Press [Delete], [P], left or up arrows, or [Page Up]
Go to a slide Type the slide number, press [return]
Black or unblack the screen Press [B] or [ .]
White or unwhite the screen Press [W] or [ ,]
End slide show Press [Esc]
Erase drawing on-screen Press [E]
Go to next slide, if it's hidden Press [H]
Rehearse with new timings Press [T]
Rehearse with original timings Press [O]
Rehearse with mouse-click advance Press [M]
Return to the first slide 1+ [return]
Change pointer to pen Press [Command Key] + [P]
Show or hide ink markup Press [Command Key] + [M]
Change pen to pointer Press [Command Key] + [A]
Hide PowerPoint Presentation Press [Command Key] + [H]
Hide pointer and navigation button always after fifteen seconds of inactivity Press [Command Key] + [U]
Show popup menu or previous slide [control] + click mouse
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