Use keyboard shortcuts to deliver PowerPoint presentations

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

During your presentation, to see a list of shortcuts, press F1. Use the arrow keys to move between the tabs in the Slide Show Help dialog.

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 the Slide Show mode, press F5.

To do this

Press

Perform the next animation or advance to the next slide

N

Enter

Page Down

Right arrow key

Down arrow key

Spacebar

Perform the previous animation or return to the previous slide

P

Page Up

Left arrow key

Up arrow key

Backspace

Go to a specific slide

<slide number> then 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 the 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

Ctrl+L

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

Ctrl+H

Ctrl+U

View the All Slides dialog

Ctrl+S

View the computer task bar

Ctrl+T

Display the context menu

Shift+F10

Go to the next 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 on the selected hyperlink

(Follow the 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.

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 key

Seek backward 0.25 seconds, then pause

Alt+Shift+Left arrow key

Show or hide the 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 using Presenter View. Presenter View lets you look at your presentation with your speaker notes on one screen (your laptop, for example), while the audience views the notes-free presentation on a different screen.

To do this

Press

Cycle between Presenter View regions

(Header, tools below the slide, and the Notes pane)

F6

Cycle through tools within a Presenter View region

Tab

Scroll down one line in the Notes pane

Ctrl+Down arrow key

Scroll up one line in the Notes pane

Ctrl+Up arrow key

Scroll down one screenful in the Notes pane

Ctrl+Page Down

Scroll up one screenful in the Notes pane

Ctrl+Page Up

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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