Keyboard shortcuts for use while creating a presentation in PowerPoint 2010

Key to using keyboard shortcuts

The keyboard shortcuts described in this Help topic refer to the U.S. keyboard layout. Keys on other layouts might not correspond exactly to the keys on a U.S. keyboard.

For keyboard shortcuts in which you press two or more keys at the same time, the keys to press are separated by a plus sign (+). For keyboard shortcuts in which you press one key immediately followed by another key, the keys to press are separated by a comma (,).

 Note   To print this topic, press TAB to select Show All, press ENTER, and then press CTRL+P.

Online Help

ShowKeyboard shortcuts for using the Help window

The Help window provides access to all Office Help content. The Help window displays topics and other Help content.

In the Help window

To do this Press
Open the Help window. F1
Close the Help window. ALT+F4
Switch between the Help window and the active program. ALT+TAB
Go back to PowerPoint Help and How-to table of contents. ALT+HOME
Select the next item in the Help window. TAB
Select the previous item in the Help window. SHIFT+TAB
Perform the action for the selected item. ENTER
In the Browse PowerPoint Help section of the Help window, select the next or previous item, respectively. TAB, SHIFT+TAB
In the Browse PowerPoint Help section of the Help window, expand or collapse the selected item, respectively. ENTER
Select the next hidden text or hyperlink, including Show All or Hide All at the top of a topic. TAB
Select the previous hidden text or hyperlink. SHIFT+TAB
Perform the action for the selected Show All, Hide All, hidden text, or hyperlink. ENTER
Move back to the previous Help topic (Back button). ALT+LEFT ARROW or BACKSPACE
Move forward to the next Help topic (Forward button). ALT+RIGHT ARROW
Scroll small amounts up or down, respectively, within the currently displayed Help topic. UP ARROW, DOWN ARROW
Scroll larger amounts up or down, respectively, within the currently displayed Help topic. PAGE UP, PAGE DOWN
Display a menu of commands for the Help window. This requires that the Help window have the active focus (click in the Help window). SHIFT+F10
Stop the last action (Stop button). ESC
Refresh the window (Refresh button). F5

Print the current Help topic.

 Note   If the cursor is not in the current Help topic, press F6 and then press CTRL+P.

CTRL+P
Change the connection state. You may need to press F6 more than once. F6 (until the focus is in the Type words to search for box), TAB, DOWN ARROW
Type text in the Type words to search for box. You may need to press F6 more than once. F6
Switch among areas in the Help window; for example, switch between the toolbar, Type words to search for box, and Search list. F6
In a Table of Contents in tree view, select the next or previous item, respectively. UP ARROW, DOWN ARROW
In a Table of Contents in tree view, expand or collapse the selected item, respectively. LEFT ARROW, RIGHT ARROW

Microsoft Office basics

ShowDisplay and use windows

To do this Press
Switch to the next window. ALT+TAB, TAB
Switch to the previous window. ALT+SHIFT+TAB, TAB
Close the active window. CTRL+W or CTRL+F4
Broadcast the open presentation to a remote audience using the PowerPoint web application. CTRL+F5

Move to the next task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.) from another pane in the program window (clockwise direction). You may need to press F6 more than once.

 Note   If pressing F6 does not display the task pane that you want, press ALT to put the focus on the Ribbon, and then press CTRL+TAB to move to the task pane.

F6
Move to a pane from another pane in the program window (counterclockwise direction). SHIFT+F6
When more than one PowerPoint window is open, switch to the next PowerPoint window. CTRL+F6
Switch to the previous PowerPoint window. CTRL+SHIFT+F6
Copy a picture of the screen to the Clipboard. PRINT SCREEN
Copy a picture of the selected window to the Clipboard. ALT+PRINT SCREEN

ShowChange or resize the font

 Note   The cursor needs to be inside a text box to use these shortcuts.

To do this Press
Change the font. CTRL+SHIFT+F
Change the font size. CTRL+SHIFT+P
Increase the font size of the selected text. CTRL+SHIFT+>
Decrease the font size of the selected text. CTRL+SHIFT+<

ShowMove around in text or cells

To do this Press
Move one character to the left. LEFT ARROW
Move one character to the right. RIGHT ARROW
Move one line up. UP ARROW
Move one line down. DOWN ARROW
Move one word to the left. CTRL+LEFT ARROW
Move one word to the right. CTRL+RIGHT ARROW
Move to the end of a line. END
Move to the beginning of a line. HOME
Move up one paragraph. CTRL+UP ARROW
Move down one paragraph. CTRL+DOWN ARROW
Move to the end of a text box. CTRL+END
Move to the beginning of a text box. CTRL+HOME
In Microsoft Office PowerPoint, move to the next title or body text placeholder. If it is the last placeholder on a slide, this will insert a new slide with the same slide layout as the original slide. CTRL+ENTER
Repeat the last Find action. SHIFT+F4

ShowFind and replace

To do this Press
Open the Find dialog box. CTRL+F
Open the Replace dialog box. CTRL+H
Repeat the last Find action. SHIFT+F4

ShowMove around in and work in tables

To do this Press
Move to the next cell. TAB
Move to the preceding cell. SHIFT+TAB
Move to the next row. DOWN ARROW
Move to the preceding row. UP ARROW
Insert a tab in a cell. CTRL+TAB
Start a new paragraph. ENTER
Add a new row at the bottom of the table. TAB at the end of the last row

ShowAccess and use task panes

To do this Press
Move to a task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.) from another pane in the program window. (You may need to press F6 more than once.) F6
When a task pane is active, select the next or previous option in the task pane, respectively. TAB, SHIFT+TAB
Display the full set of commands on the task pane menu. CTRL+DOWN ARROW
Move among choices on a selected submenu; move among certain options in a group of options in a dialog box. DOWN ARROW or UP ARROW
Open the selected menu, or perform the action assigned to the selected button. SPACEBAR or ENTER
Open a shortcut menu; open a drop-down menu for the selected gallery item. SHIFT+F10
When a menu or submenu is visible, select the first or last command, respectively, on the menu or submenu. HOME, END
Scroll up or down in the selected gallery list, respectively. PAGE UP, PAGE DOWN
Move to the top or bottom of the selected gallery list, respectively. HOME, END
Close a task pane. CTRL+SPACEBAR, C
Open the Clipboard. ALT+H, F, O

ShowResize a task pane

  1. In the task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.), press CTRL+SPACEBAR to display a menu of additional commands.
  2. Use the DOWN ARROW key to select the Size command, and then press ENTER.
  3. Use the arrow keys to resize the task pane. Use CTRL+ the arrow keys to resize one pixel at a time.

 Note   When you finish resizing, press ESC.

ShowUse dialog boxes

To do this Press
Move to the next option or option group. TAB
Move to the previous option or option group. SHIFT+TAB
Switch to the next tab in a dialog box. (A tab must already be selected in an open dialog box) DOWN ARROW
Switch to the previous tab in a dialog box. (A tab must already be selected in an open dialog box) UP ARROW
Open a selected drop-down list. DOWN ARROW, ALT+DOWN ARROW
Open the list if it is closed and move to an option in the list. First letter of an option in a drop-down list
Move between options in an open drop-down list, or between options in a group of options. UP ARROW, DOWN ARROW
Perform the action assigned to the selected button; select or clear the selected check box. SPACEBAR
Select an option; select or clear a check box. The letter underlined in an option
Perform the action assigned to a default button in a dialog box. ENTER
Close a selected drop-down list; cancel a command and close a dialog box. ESC

ShowUse edit boxes within dialog boxes

An edit box is a blank box in which you type or paste an entry, such as your user name or the path of a folder.

To do this Press
Move to the beginning of the entry. HOME
Move to the end of the entry. END
Move one character to the left or right, respectively. LEFT ARROW, RIGHT ARROW
Move one word to the left. CTRL+LEFT ARROW
Move one word to the right. CTRL+RIGHT ARROW
Select or cancel selection one character to the left. SHIFT+LEFT ARROW
Select or cancel selection one character to the right. SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW
Select or cancel selection one word to the left. CTRL+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW
Select or cancel selection one word to the right. CTRL+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW
Select from the cursor to the beginning of the entry. SHIFT+HOME
Select from the cursor to the end of the entry. SHIFT+END

ShowUse the Open and Save As dialog boxes

To do this Press
Open the Open dialog box ALT+F then O
Open the Save As dialog box ALT+F then A
Move between options in an open drop-down list, or between options in a group of options Arrow keys
Display a shortcut menu for a selected item, such as a folder or file. SHIFT+F10
Move between options or areas in the dialog box. TAB
Open the filepath drop-down menu F4 or ALT+I
Refresh the file list. F5

Navigating the Ribbon

ShowAccess any command with a few keystrokes

  1. Press ALT.

The KeyTips are displayed over each feature that is available in the current view.

The keyboard shortcuts keys on the File tab

  1. Press the letter shown in the KeyTip over the feature that you want to use.
  2. Depending on which letter you press, you may be shown additional KeyTips. For example, if the Home tab is active and you press N, the Insert tab is displayed, along with the KeyTips for the groups on that tab.
  3. Continue pressing letters until you press the letter of the command or control that you want to use. In some cases, you must first press the letter of the group that contains the command. For example, if the Home tab is active, press ALT+H, F, S will take you to the Size list box in the Font group.

 Note   To cancel the action that you are taking and hide the KeyTips, press ALT.

ShowChange the keyboard focus without using the mouse

Another way to use the keyboard to work with the Ribbon is to move the focus among the tabs and commands until you find the feature that you want to use. The following table lists some ways to move the keyboard focus without using the mouse.

To do this Press
Select the active tab of the Ribbon and activate the access keys (access key: A key combination, such as ALT+F, that moves the focus to a menu, command, or control, without using the mouse.). ALT or F10. Press either of these keys again to move back to the document and cancel the access keys.
Move left or right to another tab of the Ribbon, respectively. F10 to select the active tab, and then LEFT ARROW, RIGHT ARROW
Hide or show the Ribbon. CTRL+F1
Display the shortcut menu for the selected command. SHIFT+F10

Move the focus to select each of the following areas of the window:

F6
Move the focus to each command on the Ribbon, forward or backward respectively. TAB, SHIFT+TAB
Move down, up, left, or right among the items on the Ribbon, respectively. DOWN ARROW, UP ARROW, LEFT ARROW, RIGHT ARROW
Activate the selected command or control on the Ribbon. SPACE BAR or ENTER
Open the selected menu or gallery on the Ribbon. SPACE BAR or ENTER
Activate a command or control on the Ribbon so you can modify a value. ENTER
Finish modifying a value in a control on the Ribbon, and move the focus back to the document. ENTER
Get help on the selected command or control on the Ribbon. (If no Help topic is associated with the selected command, a general Help topic about the program is shown instead.) F1

Common tasks in Microsoft Office PowerPoint

ShowMove between panes

To do this Press
Move clockwise among panes in Normal view. F6
Move counterclockwise among panes in Normal view. SHIFT+F6
Switch between Slides and Outline tabs in the Outline and Slides pane in Normal view. CTRL+SHIFT+TAB

ShowWork in an outline

To do this Press
Promote a paragraph. ALT+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW
Demote a paragraph. ALT+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW
Move selected paragraphs up. ALT+SHIFT+UP ARROW
Move selected paragraphs down. ALT+SHIFT+DOWN ARROW
Show heading level 1. ALT+SHIFT+1
Expand text below a heading. ALT+SHIFT+PLUS SIGN
Collapse text below a heading. ALT+SHIFT+MINUS SIGN

ShowWork with shapes, pictures, boxes, objects, and WordArt

ShowInsert a shape

  1. Press and release ALT, then N, then S, then H to select Shapes.
  2. Use the arrow keys to move through the categories of shapes, and select the shape that you want.
  3. Press CTRL+ENTER to insert the shape that you selected.

ShowInsert a text box

  1. Press and release ALT, then N, and then X.
  2. Press CTRL+ENTER to insert the text box.

ShowInsert an object

  1. Press and release ALT, then N, then J to select Object.
  2. Use the arrow keys to move through the objects.
  3. Press CTRL+ENTER to insert the object that you want.

ShowInsert WordArt

  1. Press and release ALT, then N, then W to select WordArt.
  2. Use the arrow keys to select the WordArt style that you want, and then press ENTER.
  3. Type the text that you want.

ShowSelect a shape

 Note   If your cursor is within text, press ESC.

  • To select a single shape, press the TAB key to cycle forward (or SHIFT+TAB to cycle backward) through the objects until sizing handles appear on the object that you want to select.
  • To select multiple items, use the selection pane.

ShowGroup or ungroup shapes, pictures, and WordArt objects

  • To group shapes, pictures, or WordArt objects, select the items that you want to group, and then press CTRL+G.
  • To ungroup a group, select the group, and then press CTRL+SHIFT+G.

ShowShow or hide a grid or guides

To do this Press
Show or hide the grid. SHIFT+F9
Show or hide guides. ALT+F9

ShowCopy the attributes of a shape

  1. Select the shape with the attributes that you want to copy.

 Note   If you select a shape with text, you copy the look and style of the text in addition to the attributes of the shape.

  1. Press CTRL+SHIFT+C to copy the object attributes.
  2. Press the TAB key or SHIFT+TAB to select the object that you want to copy the attributes to.
  3. Press CTRL+SHIFT+V.

ShowSelect text and objects

To do this Press
Select one character to the right. SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW
Select one character to the left. SHIFT+LEFT ARROW
Select to the end of a word. CTRL+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW
Select to the beginning of a word. CTRL+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW
Select one line up (with the cursor at the beginning of a line). SHIFT+UP ARROW
Select one line down (with the cursor at the beginning of a line). SHIFT+DOWN ARROW
Select an object (when the text inside the object is selected). ESC
Select another object (when one object is selected). TAB or SHIFT+TAB until the object you want is selected
Select text within an object (with an object selected). ENTER
Select all objects. CTRL+A (on the Slides tab)
Select all slides. CTRL+A (in Slide Sorter view)
Select all text. CTRL+A (on the Outline tab)

ShowDelete and copy text and objects

To do this Press
Delete one character to the left. BACKSPACE
Delete one word to the left. CTRL+BACKSPACE
Delete one character to the right. DELETE

Delete one word to the right.

 Note   The cursor must be between words to do this.

CTRL+DELETE
Cut selected object or text. CTRL+X
Copy selected object or text. CTRL+C
Paste cut or copied object or text. CTRL+V
Undo the last action. CTRL+Z
Redo the last action. CTRL+Y
Copy formatting only. CTRL+SHIFT+C
Paste formatting only. CTRL+SHIFT+V
Open Paste Special dialog box. CTRL+ALT+V

ShowMove around in text

To do this Press
Move one character to the left. LEFT ARROW
Move one character to the right. RIGHT ARROW
Move one line up. UP ARROW
Move one line down. DOWN ARROW
Move one word to the left. CTRL+LEFT ARROW
Move one word to the right. CTRL+RIGHT ARROW
Move to the end of a line. END
Move to the beginning of a line. HOME
Move up one paragraph. CTRL+UP ARROW
Move down one paragraph. CTRL+DOWN ARROW
Move to the end of a text box. CTRL+END
Move to the beginning of a text box. CTRL+HOME
Move to the next title or body text placeholder. If it is the last placeholder on a slide, this will insert a new slide with the same slide layout as the original slide. CTRL+ENTER
Move to repeat the last Find action. SHIFT+F4

ShowMove around in and work on tables

To do this Press
Move to the next cell. TAB
Move to the preceding cell. SHIFT+TAB
Move to the next row. DOWN ARROW
Move to the preceding row. UP ARROW
Insert a tab in a cell. CTRL+TAB
Start a new paragraph. ENTER
Add a new row at the bottom of the table. TAB at the end of the last row

ShowEdit a linked or embedded object

  1. Press TAB OR SHIFT+TAB to select the object that you want.
  2. Press SHIFT+F10 for the shortcut menu.
  3. Use the DOWN ARROW until Worksheet Object is selected, press RIGHT ARROW to select Edit, and press ENTER.

 Note   The name of the command in the shortcut menu depends on the type of embedded or linked object. For example, an embedded Microsoft Office Excel worksheet has the command Worksheet Object, whereas an embedded Microsoft Office Visio Drawing has the command Visio Object.

ShowFormat and align characters and paragraphs

Change or resize the font

 Note   You must first select the text that you wish to change to use these keyboard shortcuts.

To do this Press
Open the Font dialog box to change the font. CTRL+SHIFT+F
Increase the font size. CTRL+SHIFT+>
Decrease the font size. CTRL+SHIFT+<

Apply character formats

To do this Press
Open the Font dialog box to change the formatting of characters. CTRL+T
Change the case of letters between sentence, lowercase, or uppercase. SHIFT+F3
Apply bold formatting. CTRL+B
Apply an underline. CTRL+U
Apply italic formatting. CTRL+I
Apply subscript formatting (automatic spacing). CTRL+EQUAL SIGN
Apply superscript formatting (automatic spacing). CTRL+SHIFT+PLUS SIGN
Remove manual character formatting, such as subscript and superscript. CTRL+SPACEBAR
Insert a hyperlink. CTRL+K

Copy text formats

To do this Press
Copy formats. CTRL+SHIFT+C
Paste formats. CTRL+SHIFT+V

Align paragraphs

To do this Press
Center a paragraph. CTRL+E
Justify a paragraph. CTRL+J
Left align a paragraph. CTRL+L
Right align a paragraph. CTRL+R

ShowRun a presentation

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts while you are running your presentation in Slide Show view.

Slide show shortcuts

To do this Press
Start a presentation from the beginning. F5
Perform the next animation or advance to the next slide. N, ENTER, PAGE DOWN, RIGHT ARROW, DOWN ARROW, or SPACEBAR
Perform the previous animation or return to the previous slide. P, PAGE UP, LEFT ARROW, UP ARROW, or BACKSPACE
Go to slide number. number+ENTER
Display a blank black slide, or return to the presentation from a blank black slide. B or PERIOD
Display a blank white slide, or return to the presentation from a blank white slide. W or COMMA
Stop or restart an automatic presentation. S
End a presentation. ESC or HYPHEN
Erase on-screen annotations. E
Go to the next slide, if the next slide is hidden. H
Set new timings while rehearsing. T
Use original timings while rehearsing. O
Use mouse-click to advance while rehearsing. M
Re-record slide narration and timing R
Return to the first slide. Press and hold Right and Left Mouse buttons for 2 seconds
Show or hide the arrow pointer A or =
Change the pointer to a pen. CTRL+P
Change the pointer to an arrow. CTRL+A
Change the pointer to an eraser CTRL+E
Show or hide ink markup CTRL+M
Hide the pointer and navigation button immediately. CTRL+H
Hide the pointer and navigation button in 15 seconds. CTRL+U
View the All Slides dialog box CTRL+S
View the computer task bar CTRL+T
Display the shortcut menu. SHIFT+F10
Go to the first or next hyperlink on a slide. TAB
Go to the last or previous hyperlink on a slide. SHIFT+TAB
Perform the "mouse click" behavior of the selected hyperlink. ENTER while a hyperlink is selected

Media shortcuts during presentation

To do this Press
Stop media playback ALT+Q
Toggle between play and pause ALT+P
Go to the next bookmark ALT+END
Go to the previous bookmark ALT+HOME
Increase the sound volume ALT+Up
Decrease the sound volume ALT+Down
Seek forward ALT+SHIFT+PAGE DOWN
Seek backward ALT+SHIFT+PAGE UP
Mute the sound ALT+U

 Tip   You can press F1 during your presentation to see a list of controls.

ShowBrowse Web presentations

The following keys are for viewing your Web presentation in Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or later.

To do this Press
Move forward through the hyperlinks in a Web presentation, the Address bar, and the Links bar. TAB
Move back through the hyperlinks in a Web presentation, the Address bar, and the Links bar. SHIFT+TAB
Perform the "mouse click" behavior of the selected hyperlink. ENTER
Go to the next slide. SPACEBAR

ShowUse the Selection pane feature

Use the following keyboard shortcuts in the Selection pane.

To launch the Selection pane, press Alt, then H, then S, then L, and then P.

To do this Press
Cycle the focus through the different panes. F6
Display the context menu. SHIFT+F10
Move the focus to a single item or group. UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW
Move the focus from an item in a group to its parent group. LEFT ARROW
Move the focus from a group to the first item in that group. RIGHT ARROW
Expand a focused group and all its child groups. * (on numeric keypad only)
Expand a focused group. + (on numeric keypad only)
Collapse a focused group. - (on numeric keypad only)
Move the focus to an item and select it. SHIFT+UP ARROW or SHIFT+DOWN ARROW
Select a focused item. SPACEBAR or ENTER
Cancel selection of a focused item. SHIFT+SPACEBAR or SHIFT+ENTER
Move a selected item forward. CTRL+SHIFT+F
Move a selected item backward. CTRL+SHIFT+B
Show or hide a focused item. CTRL+SHIFT+S
Rename a focused item. F2
Switch the keyboard focus within the Selection pane between tree view and the Show All and Hide All buttons. TAB or SHIFT+TAB

Collapse all groups.

 Note   The focus must be in the tree view of the Selection pane to use this shortcut.

ALT+SHIFT+1
Expand all groups. ALT+SHIFT+9

To assign custom keyboard shortcuts to menu items, recorded macros, and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) (Visual Basic for Applications (VBA): A macro-language version of Microsoft Visual Basic that is used to program Microsoft Windows-based applications and is included with several Microsoft programs.) code in Office PowerPoint 2007, you must use a third-party add-in, such as Shortcut Manager for PowerPoint, which is available from OfficeOne Add-Ins for PowerPoint.

 
 
Applies to:
PowerPoint 2010