Keystrokes during a PowerPoint Slideshow Presentation

We already covered pressing F5 to begin the presentation. Doubtless you know already that pressing space or page down or practically any key advances to the next slide, and that PageUp or P or Left Arrow or Up Arrow go the previous slide.

Did you know there were quite a few things you can do during a presentation too?

During the presentation, press F1 to see a list of the keystrokes available.

The most useful ones are:

  • Type a number and press Enter to go to that slide. For example, typing 15, Enter jumps to slide 15.
  • Press B or the period key to turn the screen black. Press it again to return to the current slide.
  • Press W or the comma key to turn the screen white. Press it again to return to the current slide.
  • Press Ctrl+P to get a Pen pointer, allowing you to use the mouse to draw on the slide. (These drawings are NOT saved.)
  • Press E to erase the drawings (or just go to the next slide).
  • Press Ctrl+A to return to the standard Arrow pointer
  • Press A to hide the arrow pointer (invisible cursor)
  • Press Shift+F10 for a menu of these and other options.

One thought on “Keystrokes during a PowerPoint Slideshow Presentation”

  1. Slide number then enter

    We recently had several presenters use the ‘slide number then enter’ keyboard short cut. For some presentations it worked perfectly, for others it never worked. Some presentations seemed fixated on one slide and no matter what number we selected, followed by enter, it would always return to that ‘favourite’ slide. For others the selection seemed to be random.

    This drove us mad. What were we doing wrong, and what could we have done to fix it on the spot? Or was the fault in the file? And what could we have done about that? Was it something to do with the version of PowerPoint used?

    I’d certainly appreciate a reply.

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