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The problem

Many tasks in Microsoft PowerPoint can be accomplished using
keystroke combinations rather than point and clicking the mouse. Remembering
these keystrokes can be difficult.

The cause

Back in the days of DOS, whenever users wanted to do
something like change a font or print they had to remember arcane keyboard
combinations. Windows made applications easier to learn by implementing a GUI
and drop down menus requiring the use of a mouse. This made applications easier
to learn, but a little less efficient by forcing the user to let go of the
keyboard to accomplish simple tasks. Knowing the proper keyboard commands
allows users to quickly do things without having to reach for the mouse.

The solution

Microsoft didn’t completely do away with the keyboard
combinations used in old DOS presentation programs. Some of the most important
Microsoft PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts you can use include:

Alternative solutions

This chart only includes a partial list of the keyboard
shortcuts available in Microsoft PowerPoint For a complete list,
you can either check the Help function in Microsoft PowerPoint or check out Microsoft’s
Web Site
. You can also obtain additional Excel short cut information from TechRepublic’s Quick
Reference: Microsoft Office Pack.