No Mouse? You Can Run a PowerPoint Show with Just a Keyboard

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated September 10, 2017

Applies to: Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2010, 2013 and 2016 (also applies to 2007)

When running a PowerPoint slide show, presenters may not have a mouse or other tools to manipulate slides, go to hyperlinks or control movies and sounds. In this case, the keyboard may be the only tool available to run a show. The following keyboard shortcuts work in most versions of Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows.

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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 Escape (ESC).

Go 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.

Go 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 Control + 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.

Go 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 Control + A. To hide the mouse pointer, press Control + H.

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 or press the Context button on your keyboard (if you have one). The Context button usually appears near Control and Alt on some keyboards.
  2. Use the up or down arrow keys to navigate through the menu.
  3. Press Enter to select menu items.

Go 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 Control + 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.

Learning these shortcuts for PowerPoint shows is recommended since it’s common to forget your mouse or have issues with wireless mice adapters or batteries.

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