Become a Microsoft PowerPoint master with this free PDF of the best keyboard shortcuts.
There's a reason PowerPoint is a household name: it's the best software for creating presentations for work and home.
If you are making a lot of presentations, you may be wondering if there is something there that can be done to speed up the process. The answer is yes, all you have to do is use all of the handy shortcuts that PowerPoint offers.
We've compiled a list of the best PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts to help you navigate, create, and present your presentations with ease.
FREE DOWNLOAD: This cheat sheet is available as PDF to download from our sales partner TradePub. You'll need to fill out a short form just to get access to it for the first time. Download the Microsoft PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows Cheat Sheet.
Microsoft PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts for Windows
|create a presentation|
|Ctrl + N.||New presentation|
|Ctrl + M.||New slide|
|Ctrl + S.||Save presentation|
|Alt + N, P.||insert Picture|
|Alt + N, S, H.||Insert shape|
|Alt + H, L.||Slide layout|
|Picture down||Next slide|
|Side up||Previous slide|
|Ctrl + Up||Move the selected slide up|
|Ctrl + Down||Move the selected slide down|
|Ctrl + Shift + Up||Move the selected slide to the beginning|
|Ctrl + Shift + Down||Move the selected slide to the end|
|Alt + H.||Home tab|
|Alt + N.||Insert tab|
|Ctrl + N.||Add a comment|
|Ctrl + R.||Reply to comment|
|Ctrl + Q.||Close PowerPoint|
|Alt + F.||file|
|Alt + H.||At home|
|Alt + N.||Insert|
|Alt + G.||design|
|Alt + K.||Transitions|
|Alt + A.||Animations|
|Alt + S.||Slide show|
|Alt + R.||review|
|Alt + W.||view|
|Alt + Y.||Help|
|F5||Start the presentation from the beginning|
|Shift + F5||Start the presentation from the current slide|
|Alt + F5||Start the presentation in Presenter View|
|N.||Next animation / slide|
|P.||Previous animation / slide|
|B.||Show black slide|
|W.||Show white slide|
|S.||Stop / restart an automatic presentation|
|Number, then enter||Go to the specified slide number|
|At home||To the first slide|
|The End||Until the last slide|
|R.||Record narration and timing|
|Alt + P.||Play / pause media|
|Alt + Q.||Stop the media|
|Alt + Up||Increase volume|
|Alt + Down||Decrease volume|
|Alt + U.||Mute|
|tab||Go through hotspot|
|Shift + F10||Context menu|
|Ctrl + T.||Show the taskbar|
|Esc||End the presentation|
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