General PowerPoint tips: Tab to select objects, arrows to move them, Ctrl+M for new slide

In general in PowerPoint, you can get a lot done with the Tab key and the arrows keys.

If you’re entering text, first press Esc to cancel text entering mode. Then press the Tab key; every time you press Tab, you’ll select a different object. (This is invaluable to switch between the title and the text body, for example.) When an object is selected, the arrow keys will move it.

While moving an object, it will snap to the grid unless you hold down the Ctrl key.

To insert a new slide and start typing without using the mouse, try these steps:

  1. Press Ctrl+M to insert a new slide.
  2. Press F6 to select the slide. (Each time you press F6 it switches between the open panes on the interface.)
  3. Press Tab to select the title box. Type your title.
  4. Press Esc to cancel text entry.
  5. Press Tab to select the text box. Type your text.

The above keystrokes get easier with practice, and soon you can be in PowerPoint Power Typing mode!

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