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Seven keyboard shortcuts to help make your PowerPoint slide shows glitch-free

You don't need to get distracted by the mechanics of presenting a slide show. Learn just a few shortcuts and you can focus on your audience and your message instead.

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.

Action Shortcut
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)

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2 comments
Oz_Media
Oz_Media

Most new HP notebooks seem to come with a remote (well their Entertainment models do anyway). This allows you to take a presentation to a client, and control your presentation while speaking on the products. If they have a projector/screen you can plug into, you can leave your notebook on the table and just stand by the screen and do a really professional presentation. Pretty cool feature from HP anyway. Beats sitting behind yoru screen while talking or leaning in to change slides as needed.

kees lucassen
kees lucassen

And the most important one - while you're in presentation mode press F1 (Help). That gives you an overview of available keybooard shortcuts. It also helps in language sensitivity - for example Black in Dutch is "Zwart" so I use the "Z" instead of "B"

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