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Handy Hint: PowerPoint 2003 Keyboard Shortcuts
Published
2007, Q4 (January 06, 2008)
By Lisa Mileusnich, Member of the Northeast Ohio Chapter

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Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the October 2007 issue of the Northeast Ohio chapter's newsletter, Lines and Letters.

We all know that we can use the arrow keys rather than the mouse to advance through PowerPoint slides, but there are many other keyboard shortcuts available to help you navigate in your slideshow. Here’s a quick list:

  • <F5> (from the Normal view) starts the slideshow from the first slide.
  • <Shift> + <F5> (from the Normal view) starts the slideshow from the current slide.
  • <Esc> ends a slideshow.
  • <number> + <Enter> moves the slideshow to the specific slide number.
  • <Ctrl> + <H> hides the mouse pointer and navigation buttons in the slideshow.
  • <Ctrl> + <P> redisplays the hidden pointer and/or changes the pointer to a pen.
  • <Ctrl> + <A> redisplays the hidden pointer and/or changes the pointer to an arrow.
  • <Tab> moves the slideshow to the next hyperlink in the slideshow.
  • <S> stops or restarts an automatic slideshow.

If you ever botch up your Word settings beyond belief (somehow I had right-to-left language settings enabled and could not figure out how to turn them off), you can click Help > Detect and Repair to discard all customized settings and restore the defaults. It resets all Office applications, so it is only a last resort solution. But it was the only way I found to fix my problem, and I'm singing its praises.

Lisa can be reached at lmileusnich at parker dot com. End of article.

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