Running a PowerPoint Show with Keyboard Shortcuts
by Avantix Learning Team | Updated February 11, 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.
Recommended article: 10 PowerPoint Slide Show Tips and Tricks
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
Move to the next slide or previous slide during a slide show
In Slide Show mode:
- To go to the next slide, press the right arrow, down arrow, spacebar, Page Down or N.
- To go to the previous slide, 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:
- In Slide Show mode, press Ctrl + S. A dialog box appears with slides and their titles (as they appear in the title placeholders).
- Use the up and down arrow keys to navigate to the desired slide in the dialog box.
- 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
In Slide Show mode, to display the mouse pointer or arrow, press Ctrl + A. To hide the mouse pointer, press Ctrl + H.
Access the context menu during a slide show
To access the context menu during a slide show (comparable to right-clicking):
- 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.
- Use the up or down arrow keys to navigate through the menu.
- Press Enter to select menu items.
The Context key appears as a box with lines on 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.
Show or hide ink markup
To show or hide ink markup, press Ctrl + M.
Play, pause and stop audio or video during a slide show
To stop audio or video playback, press Alt + Q.
To toggle between play and pause, press Alt + P.
To go to the next bookmark, press Alt + End.
To go to the previous bookmark, press Alt + Home.
To seek forward, press Alt + Shift + Page down.
To seek backward, press Alt + Shift + Page up.
Control the volume of audio or video during a slide show
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.
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