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PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts to improve your use and efficiency in Microsoft Office PowerPoint.

Welcome to 123PPT PowerPoint Tips and Tricks for Keyboard Shortcuts in PowerPoint.

Within this section you'll find tips and tricks that provide insight into working with keyboard shortcuts and "hot-keys" within PowerPoint, to help you gain the most out of working with the application.

Our PowerPoint professionals and technical staff, have compiled these helpful PowerPoint tips and techniques, and continue to add new tips and helpful user tricks each week, to help increase your productivity, and effectiveness with the worlds leading presentation tool.

In an effort to make these helpful tips and tricks, more readily available, we have compiled a list of PowerPoint tips and user "how-to's" into several categories which are listed in the right hand menu.

To find a helpful tip, select the category that is most relevant to your enquiry.



POWERPOINT SHORTCUTS
Our latest PowerPoint Tips and Tricks for working with keyboard shortcuts and "Hot-Keys" can be seen below:
Selecting text and PowerPoint objects.
  • SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW
  • Moves cursor one character to the right.
  • SHIFT+LEFT ARROW
  • Moves cursor one character to the left.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW
  • Moves cursor to the end of a word.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW
  • Moves cursor to the start of a word.
  • SHIFT+UP ARROW
  • Moves cursor one line up.
  • SHIFT+DOWN ARROW
  • Moves cursor one line down.
  • ENTER
  • To enter text within an object.
  • CTRL+A in the slide pane
  • Selects all objects.
  • CTRL+A in the slide sorter view
  • Selects all slides.
  • CTRL+A in the outline pane
  • Selects all text.
    Deleting text and PowerPoint objects.
  • DELETE
  • Deletes one character to the right.
  • BACKSPACE
  • Deletes one character to the left.
  • CTRL+DELETE
  • Deletes one word to the right.
  • CTRL+BACKSPACE
  • Deletes one word to the left.
    Copying text and PowerPoint objects.
  • CTRL+C
  • Copies the selected text or object.
  • CTRL+X
  • Cuts the selected text or object.
  • CTRL+V
  • Pastes the selected text or object.
    Text navigation.
  • LEFT ARROW
  • Moves cursor one character to the left.
  • RIGHT ARROW
  • Moves cursor one character to the right.
  • UP ARROW
  • Moves cursor one character line up.
  • DOWN ARROW
  • Moves cursor one character line down.
  • END
  • Moves cursor to the end of the current line of text.
  • HOME
  • Moves cursor to the start of the current line of text.
  • CTRL+LEFT ARROW
  • Moves cursor one word to the left.
  • CTRL+RIGHT ARROW
  • Moves cursor one word to the right.
  • CTRL+UP ARROW
  • Moves cursor one paragraph up.
  • CTRL+DOWN ARROW
  • Moves cursor one paragraph down.
  • CTRL+END
  • Moves cursor to the end of the text box.
  • CTRL+HOME
  • Moves cursor to the start of the text box.
    Aligning paragraphs.
  • CTRL+E
  • Center a paragraph.
  • CTRL+R
  • Align paragraph to the right.
  • CTRL+L
  • Align paragraph to the left.
  • CTRL+J
  • Justify a paragraph.
    Changing and resizing fonts.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+F
  • Change the font.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+P
  • Change the font size.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+>
  • Increase the font size.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+<
  • Decrease the font size.
    Copying and applying font character formats.
  • SHIFT+F3
  • Change the case of selected characters.
  • CTRL+B
  • Apply bold formatting.
  • CTRL+U
  • Apply an underline formatting.
  • CTRL+I
  • Apply italic formatting.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+PLUS SIGN
  • Apply superscript formatting.
  • CTRL+EQUAL SIGN
  • Apply subscript formatting.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+C
  • Copy text formatting.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+V
  • Paste and apply text formatting.
  • CTRL+SPACEBAR
  • Removes manual character formatting.
    Drawing and formatting.
  • CTRL+G
  • Show and Hide Guides.
  • CTRL+Shift+G
  • Group objects.
  • CTRL+Shift+H
  • Ungroup objects.
  • CTRL+Shift+J
  • Regroup objects.
  • Shift+Click Slide View Button
  • Switch from Normal View to Master View.
  • Shift+Resize
  • Resize and maintain proportions.
  • CTRL+Resize
  • Resize from center.
  • CTRL+Shift+Resize
  • Resize from center and maintain proportions.
  • Shift+Rotate tool
  • Rotate in increments of 15 degrees.
  • CTRL+Rotate tool
  • Rotate from corner.
  • Shift+CTRL+Rotate tool
  • Rotate in increments of 15 degrees from corner.
  • Shift+Resize
  • Extend line along same angle and path.
  • CTRL+ALT+Click using curve tool
  • Makes a straight segment whilst using curve tool.
  • Arrow Key
  • Moves object one grid unit in arrow direction.
  • CTRL+Arrow Key
  • Moves object one pixel in arrow direction.
  • ALT
  • Releases guide snap temporarily.
  • CTRL+Drag Guide
  • Creates multiple guides.
    Controlling slides in a slide show.
  • number+ENTER
  • Go to slide number.
  • B
  • Toggle between black and unblack screen.
  • W
  • Toggle between white and unwhite screen.
  • S
  • Stop or restart an automatic slide show.
  • ESC
  • End a slide show.
  • E
  • Erase screen annotations.
  • H
  • Go to next hidden slide.
  • T
  • Set new timings during rehearsal.
  • O
  • Use default timings during rehearsal.
  • M
  • Use mouse-click to advance during rehearsal.
  • CTRL+H
  • Hide the pointer and button .
  • CTRL+U
  • Hide the pointer and button after 15 seconds.
  • CTRL+P
  • Redisplay hidden pointer and change pointer to a pen.
  • CTRL+A
  • Redisplay hidden pointer and change pointer to an arrow.
  • TAB
  • Go to the first or next hyperlink on the slide.
  • SHIFT+TAB
  • Go to the last or previous hyperlink on the slide .
  • ENTER with hyperlink selected
  • Perform the mouse-click behaviour of the hyperlink.
  • SHIFT+ENTER with hyperlink selected
  • Perform the mouse-over behaviour of the hyperlink.
    Working with slide and presentation files.
  • CTRL+N
  • Begin a new presentation.
  • CTRL+O
  • Open existing presentation.
  • CTRL+M
  • Insert new slide.
  • Shift+CTRL+M
  • Insert new slide with properties of last inserted slide.
  • CTRL+D
  • Make a copy of the selected slide.
  • CTRL+F
  • Find in presentation.
  • CTRL+H
  • Replace in presentation.
  • CTRL+K
  • Insert a hyperlink.
  • F7
  • Check spelling.
  • CTRL+Z
  • Undo an action.
  • CTRL+Y
  • Redo or repeat action.
  • F5
  • Run the presentation.
  • CTRL+P
  • Print presentation.
  • CTRL+S
  • Save current presentation.
  • F12
  • Save As current presentation.
  • CTRL+Q
  • Close and quit current presentation.
  • F6
  • Move clockwise to the next pane.
  • SHIFT+F6
  • Move anticlockwise to the next pane.
    The Function Keys.
  • F1
  • Display help or the Office assistant.
  • SHIFT+F1
  • Start context-sensitive help.
  • F2
  • Select the text, or text within a text box.
  • ALT+F2
  • Save AS.
  • SHIFT+F3
  • Change the case of selected characters.
  • F4
  • Repeat the last action.
  • SHIFT+F4
  • Repeat the last Find action to Find next.
  • CTRL+F4
  • Close current presentation.
  • ALT+F4
  • Quit PowerPoint.
  • F5
  • Launch the current presentation slide show.
  • CTRL+F5
  • Restore the default presentation window size.
  • ALT+F5
  • Restore the default PowerPoint application size.
  • F6
  • Move clockwise to the next pane.
  • SHIFT+F6
  • Move anticlockwise to the next pane.
  • CTRL+F6
  • Move clockwise to the next presentation.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+F6
  • Move anticlockwise to the next presentation.
  • F7
  • Run the spell checker.
  • ALT+F7
  • Next misspelling with automatic spell checking enabled.
  • CTRL+F7
  • Execute the Move command.
  • CTRL+F8
  • Execute the Size command.
  • F10
  • Activate the main menu bar.
  • CTRL+F10
  • Maximize the presentation window.
  • ALT+F10
  • Maximize the PowerPoint application size.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+F10
  • Activate the menu bar.
  • ALT+F11
  • Display Visual Basic code of the presentation.
  • F12
  • Execute Save As command.
  • SHIFT+F12
  • Execute Save command.
  • CTRL+F12
  • Execute Open command.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+F12
  • Execute Print command.
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