Use These PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts to Play, Pause and Control Videos During a Presentation
by Avantix Learning Team | Updated April 7, 2021
Applies to: Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2013, 2016, 2019 and 365 (Windows)
You can use these useful PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts when you are running a slide show to play, pause, restart and control videos during a slide show.
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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.
Play a video during a slide show
To start a video (assuming it is not set to start automatically), press Alt + P or Ctrl + spacebar.
Pause or stop a video during a slide show
To stop video playback, press Alt + Q.
To toggle between play and pause, press Alt + P.
Jump to a bookmark in a video during a slide show
To go to the next bookmark in a video, press Alt + End.
To go to the previous bookmark in a video, press Alt + Home.
Seek forward or backward
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
Control the volume of a 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.
Show or hide the audio and subtitles menu
To toggle the audio and subtitles menu, press Alt + J.
You can show or hide the audio and subtitles menu for videos that have multiple audio tracks and/or subtitle tracks in supported formats.
Be sure to practice these shortcuts before running the presentation for a seamless show.
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