Remembering keyboard shortcuts is tough enough when you're working on some no-pressure project at your desk. Get in front of an audience, and your mind may go totally blank. Your focus needs to be on the material you're presenting and how you're connecting with your audience — not on " How do I back up to the previous slide?" That's why it's a good idea to pick a handful of the most useful shortcuts and make them second nature. When you find yourself delivering a presentation via the keyboard, these shortcuts will see you through.
|Start a presentation from the first slide||F5|
|Run the next animation or advance to the next slide||Enter or Spacebar|
|Return to the previous slide||Backspace|
|End a slide show||Esc or - (hyphen)|
|Jump to the first (or last) slide||Home (or End)|
|Jump to a particular slide||Type the slide number and press Enter|
|Go to a black (or white) screen or resume the slide show from a black (or white) screen||B (or W)|
Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic and is now senior editor for Tech Pro Research.