Deliver a PowerPoint Presentation in Slide Show or Presenter View using Keyboard Shortcuts

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated August 1, 2020

Applies to: Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and 365 (Windows)

You can use PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts when you are running a slide show to quickly move around in your PowerPoint presentation. Using your keyboard, you can move from slide to slide, jump to a specific slide or even change the screen to black or white.

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Run a slide show

In Normal View or Slide Sorter View, to start a slide show from the beginning, press F5. To start a slide show from the current slide, press Shift + F5.

Exit a slide show

Press ESC.

Move to the next slide or animation during a slide show

To go to the next slide or animation, press the right arrow, down arrow, spacebar, Page Down or N.

Move to the previous slide or animation during a slide show

To go to the previous slide or animation, press the left arrow, up arrow or Page Up or P.

Move to a specific slide during a slide show by title

To go to a specific slide by title during a slide show:

  1. In Slide Show mode, press Ctrl + S. A dialog box appears with slides and their titles (as they appear in the title placeholders).
  2. Use the up and down arrow keys to navigate to the desired slide in the dialog box.
  3. Press Enter to select the slide.

Move to a specific slide during a slide show by number

In Slide Show mode, type the number of the slide you wish to display and press Enter.

Make your screen black or white during a slide show

In Slide Show mode, press B for black screen or W for white screen. Press any key to return to the slide show.

Show or hide the mouse pointer or laser pointer

In Slide Show mode, to display  the mouse pointer or arrow, press Ctrl + A. To hide the mouse pointer, press Ctrl + H.

To display the laser pointer, press Ctrl + L. Press ESC to hide it.

Show or hide the pen, highlighter or eraser

In Slide Show mode, press Ctrl + P to display the pen or Ctrl + I to display the highlighter. Drag over the slide to draw (ink annotation). Press ESC to turn them off.

Press Ctrl + E to display the eraser and you can drag over the ink annotation to erase it. You can also press E to erase all.

Show or hide ink markup

To show or hide ink markup, press Ctrl + M.

Zoom in or out

In Slide Show mode, to zoom in or out, press =  or – on the top right of the keyboard. The = key is also the + key on the top right of the keyboard.

Access the context menu during a slide show

To access the context menu during a slide show (comparable to right-clicking):

  1. Press Shift + F10 (some users may need to press Shift + Fn + F10) or press the Context button on your keyboard (if you have one). The Context button usually appears near Ctrl and Alt on some keyboards.
  2. Use the up or down arrow keys to navigate through the menu or type the underlined letter of the command you want to select.
  3. Press Enter to select menu items if you have used the up and down arrows to navigate.

The Context key appears as a box with lines on some Windows keyboards:

Context key that appears at the bottom of some Windows keyboards.

Jump to hyperlinks during a slide show

To go to the first or next hyperlink on a slide, press Tab.

To go to the last or previous hyperlink on a slide, press Shift + Tab.

To perform a hyperlink action (perform the mouse-click behaviour), press Enter while a hyperlink is selected.

Play, pause and stop audio or video during a slide show

To start a video (assuming it is not set to start automatically), press Alt + P or Ctrl + spacebar.

To stop video playback, press Alt + Q.

To toggle between play and pause, press Alt + P.

To go to the next bookmark in a video, press Alt + End.

To go to the previous bookmark in a video, press Alt + Home.

To seek forward 3 seconds, press Alt + Shift + Page down.

To seek backward 3 seconds, press Alt + Shift + Page up.

To seek forward 0.25 seconds, then pause, press Alt + Shift + right arrow

To seek backward 0.25 seconds, then pause, press Alt + Shift + left arrow

To increase the volume, press Alt + up arrow.

To decrease the volume, press Alt + down arrow.

To mute the sound, press Alt + U.

To toggle the audio and subtitles menu, press Alt + J.

To increase the volume, press Alt + up arrow.

To decrease the volume, press Alt + down arrow.

To mute the sound, press Alt + U.

If you take some time to learn these PowerPoint slide show shortcuts, you’ll be able to run your shows without a mouse and focus on your presentation.

Start and work in Presenter View

To start the presentation in Presenter View, press Alt + F5.

Cycle between Presenter View regions including the Header, tools below the slide and the Notes pane, press F6.

To cycle through tools within a Presenter View region, press Tab.

To scroll down one line in the Notes pane, press Ctrl + down arrow.

To scroll up one line in the Notes pane, press Ctrl + up arrow.

To scroll down one screen in the Notes pane, press Ctrl + Page Down.

To scroll up one screenful in the Notes pane, press Ctrl + Page Up.

To read the next line in the Notes pane, press Alt + A.

To read the previous line in the Notes pane, press Alt + Z.

To read the elapsed time, press Alt + W.

To read the next slide, animation or end of show, press Alt + Q.

To close Presenter View, press ESC.

Turn on live subtitles or captioning

In Slide Show mode, press J.

PowerPoint will use artificial intelligence to create subtitles or captions. You will need PowerPoint 365 to use this feature. It does involve some setup to have the subtitles work well.

Press J again to turn off subtitles.

This article was originally published on April 10, 2016 and has been updated for clarity and content.

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