Use keyboard shortcuts to deliver your presentation

Many users find that using an external keyboard with keyboard shortcuts for PowerPoint on Windows helps them work more efficiently. For users with mobility or vision disabilities, keyboard shortcuts can be easier than using the touchscreen and are an essential alternative to using a mouse. This article itemizes the keyboard shortcuts for PowerPoint on Windows.

We have a separate list of shortcuts to use while creating your presentation.

Notes: 

  • The shortcuts in this topic refer to the US keyboard layout. Keys for other layouts might not correspond exactly to the keys on a US keyboard.

  • If a shortcut requires pressing two or more keys at the same time, this topic separates the keys with a plus sign (+). If you have to press one key immediately after another, the keys are separated by a comma (,).

To do this

Press

Start a presentation from the beginning.

F5

Start a presentation from the current slide.

Shift+F5

Show the Presenter View.

Alt+F5

or

Alt+S, B

In the Presenter View:

Read the next line of Notes.

Alt+A

Read the previous line of Notes.

Alt+Z

Read the elapsed time (the timer starts to run as soon as you start the Presenter View).

Alt+W

Read the next step (for example, the next slide, next animation, or end of show).

Alt+Q

In this topic

Control your slide show during the presentation

Control video and other media during a presentation

Maneuver in Presenter View during a presentation

Control your slide show during the presentation

The following keyboard shortcuts apply while you’re delivering your presentation in Slide Show (full-screen) mode. To enter Slide Show mode, press Alt+S, B.

To do this

Press

Perform the next animation or advance to the next slide.

N

Enter

Page Down

Right Arrow

Down Arrow

Spacebar

Perform the previous animation or return to the previous slide.

P

Page Up

Left Arrow

Up Arrow

Backspace

Go to slide number.

number+Enter

Display a blank black slide, or return to the presentation from a blank black slide.

B or Period

Display a blank white slide, or return to the presentation from a blank white slide.

W or Comma

Stop or restart an automatic presentation.

S

End a presentation.

ESC

Erase on-screen annotations.

E

Go to the next slide, if the next slide is hidden.

H

Set new timings while rehearsing.

T

Re-record slide narration and timing

R

Start the laser pointer

Press and hold Left Mouse button for several seconds

Change the pointer to a pen.

Ctrl+P

Change the pointer to an arrow.

Ctrl+A

Change the pointer to an eraser

Ctrl+E

Show or hide ink markup

Ctrl+M

Hide the pointer and navigation button immediately.

Ctrl+H

Hide the pointer and navigation button in 15 seconds.

Ctrl+U

View the All Slides dialog box

Ctrl+S

View the computer task bar

Ctrl+T

Display the shortcut menu.

Shift+F10

Go to the next hyperlink (or other hotspot) on the current slide. ("Hotspots" include: hyperlinks, animation triggers, audio objects, and video objects.)

Tab

Go to the last or previous hyperlink on the current slide.

Shift+Tab

Perform the "mouse click" behavior of the selected hyperlink. (Follow a selected hyperlink)

Enter while a hyperlink is selected

Control video and other media during a presentation

These keyboard shortcuts work with video files imported from your computer or other device. They don't work with online video files.

During your presentation, if you want to see the list of media shortcuts, press F1. Then, in the Slide Show Help dialog box, go to the Media tab. Press the arrow key on the keyboard to move from one tab of the dialog box to the next.

To do this

Press

Stop media playback.

Alt+Q

Play or pause media.

Ctrl+Space

Toggle between play and pause.

Alt+P

Go to the next bookmark.

Alt+End

Go to the previous bookmark.

Alt+Home

Increase the sound volume.

Alt+Up

Decrease the sound volume.

Alt+Down

Mute the sound.

Alt+U

Seek forward three seconds.

Alt+Shift+Page Down

Seek backward three seconds.

Alt+Shift+Page Up

Seek forward 0.25 seconds, then pause

Alt+Shift+Right Arrow

Seek backward 0.25 seconds, then pause

Alt+Shift+Left Arrow

Show/Hide audio and subtitles menu (for videos that have multiple audio tracks and/or subtitle tracks in supported formats.)

Alt+J

Maneuver in Presenter View during a presentation

The following keyboard shortcuts apply while you’re delivering your presentation by using Presenter View. Presenter View lets you look at your presentation with your speaker notes on one computer (your laptop, for example), while the audience views the notes-free presentation on a different monitor.

To do this

Press

Move from one region of Presenter view (Header, tools below the slide, and the Notes pane) to the next

F6

Move from one tool to another within a single region of Presenter view

Tab

Scroll down one line in the Notes pane

CTRL+DOWN ARROW

Scroll up one line in the Notes pane

CTRL+UP ARROW

Scroll down one screenful in the Notes pane

CTRL+PAGE DOWN

Scroll up one screenful in the Notes pane

CTRL+PAGE UP

To print a presentation, press Ctrl+P.

In this topic

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts while you run your presentation in full screen mode.

Slide show shortcuts

To do this

Press

Start a presentation from the beginning.

F5

Perform the next animation or advance to the next slide.

N

Enter

Page Down

Right Arrow

Down Arrow

Spacebar

Perform the previous animation or return to the previous slide.

P

Page Up

Left Arrow

Up Arrow

Backspace

Go to slide number.

number+ENTER

Display a blank black slide, or return to the presentation from a blank black slide.

B or PERIOD

Display a blank white slide, or return to the presentation from a blank white slide.

W or COMMA

Stop or restart an automatic presentation.

S

End a presentation.

ESC or HYPHEN

Erase on-screen annotations.

E

Go to the next slide, if the next slide is hidden.

H

Set new timings while rehearsing.

T

Use original timings while rehearsing.

O

Use mouse-click to advance while rehearsing.

M

Re-record slide narration and timing

R

Return to the first slide.

Press and hold Right and Left Mouse buttons for 2 seconds

Show or hide the arrow pointer

A or =

Change the pointer to a pen.

CTRL+P

Change the pointer to an arrow.

CTRL+A

Change the pointer to an eraser

CTRL+E

Show or hide ink markup

CTRL+M

Hide the pointer and navigation button immediately.

CTRL+H

Hide the pointer and navigation button in 15 seconds.

CTRL+U

View the All Slides dialog box

CTRL+S

View the computer task bar

CTRL+T

Display the shortcut menu.

SHIFT+F10

Go to the first or next hyperlink on a slide.

TAB

Go to the last or previous hyperlink on a slide.

SHIFT+TAB

Perform the "mouse click" behavior of the selected hyperlink.

ENTER while a hyperlink is selected

Media shortcuts during presentation

To do this

Press

Stop media playback

ALT+Q

Toggle between play and pause

ALT+P

Go to the next bookmark

ALT+END

Go to the previous bookmark

ALT+HOME

Increase the sound volume

ALT+Up

Decrease the sound volume

ALT+Down

Seek forward

ALT+SHIFT+PAGE DOWN

Seek backward

ALT+SHIFT+PAGE UP

Mute the sound

ALT+U

To print a presentation, press Ctrl+P.

Tip:   You can press F1 during your presentation to see a list of controls.

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts while you run your presentation in full screen mode.

To do this

Press

Start a presentation from the beginning.

F5

Perform the next animation or advance to the next slide.

N

Enter

Page Down

Right Arrow

Down Arrow

Spacebar

Perform the previous animation or return to the previous slide.

P

Page Up

Left Arrow

Up Arrow

Backspace

Go to slide number.

number+ENTER

Display a blank black slide, or return to the presentation from a blank black slide.

B or PERIOD

Display a blank white slide, or return to the presentation from a blank white slide.

W or COMMA

Stop or restart an automatic presentation.

S

End a presentation.

ESC or HYPHEN

Erase on-screen annotations.

E

Go to the next slide, if the next slide is hidden.

H

Set new timings while rehearsing.

T

Use original timings while rehearsing.

O

Use mouse-click to advance while rehearsing.

M

Return to the first slide.

1+ENTER

Redisplay hidden pointer and/or change the pointer to a pen.

CTRL+P

Redisplay hidden pointer and/or change the pointer to an arrow.

CTRL+A

Hide the pointer and navigation button immediately.

CTRL+H

Hide the pointer and navigation button in 15 seconds.

CTRL+U

Display the shortcut menu.

SHIFT+F10

Go to the first or next hyperlink on a slide.

TAB

Go to the last or previous hyperlink on a slide.

SHIFT+TAB

Perform the "mouse click" behavior of the selected hyperlink.

ENTER while a hyperlink is selected

To print a presentation, press Ctrl+P.

Tip:   You can press F1 during your presentation to see a list of controls.

See also

Learn how to navigate PowerPoint using accessible features

Basic tasks to create a presentation in PowerPoint with a screen reader

Technical support for customers with disabilities

Microsoft wants to provide the best possible experience for all our customers. If you have a disability or questions related to accessibility, please contact the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk for technical assistance. The Disability Answer Desk support team is trained in using many popular assistive technologies and can offer assistance in English, Spanish, French, and American Sign Language. Please go to the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk site to find out the contact details for your region.

If you are a government, commercial, or enterprise user, please contact the enterprise Disability Answer Desk.

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