Use an external keyboard with PowerPoint on iPad

Using an external keyboard with your iPad allows you to take advantage of keyboard shortcuts you’re familiar with if you are also using PowerPoint on a Mac or Windows computer.

For example, on your Windows computer, to paste text into an Office document, you’d press CONTROL + V, but on the iPad, you’d press Apple Cmd Symbol + V. The shortcuts listed in this article are the only ones that will work in this version of PowerPoint.

Editing and formatting the presentation

To

Press

Undo the last action

Apple Cmd Symbol+ Z

Repeat the last action

SHIFT + Apple Cmd Symbol + Z

Cut the selected content (and copy to the Clipboard)

Apple Cmd Symbol+X

Copy the selected content to the Clipboard

Apple Cmd Symbol+ C

Paste copied or cut content

Apple Cmd Symbol+ V

Select all

Apple Cmd Symbol+ A

Bold selected content

Apple Cmd Symbol+ B

Italicize selected content

Apple Cmd Symbol+ I

Underline selected content

Apple Cmd Symbol+ U

Navigating within a text box

To

Press

Select text

SHIFT + LEFT/RIGHT ARROW or SHIFT + UP/DOWN ARROW

Move cursor right by one word

OPTION + RIGHT ARROW

Move cursor left by one word

OPTION + LEFT ARROW

Move cursor to beginning of the text box

Apple Cmd Symbol+ UP ARROW

Move cursor to end of the text box

Apple Cmd Symbol+ DOWN ARROW

Move cursor to the beginning of the current line

Apple Cmd Symbol+ LEFT ARROW

Move cursor to the end of the current line

Apple Cmd Symbol+ RIGHT ARROW

Select word to the left

SHIFT + OPTION + LEFT ARROW

Select word to the right

SHIFT + OPTION + RIGHT ARROW

Select from current position to beginning of the document

SHIFT + Apple Cmd Symbol + UP ARROW

Select from current position to end of the document

SHIFT + Apple Cmd Symbol + DOWN ARROW

Select from current position to beginning of the line

SHIFT + Apple Cmd Symbol + LEFT ARROW

Select from current position to end of the line

SHIFT + Apple Cmd Symbol + RIGHT ARROW

Applies To: PowerPoint for iPad



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