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Most Commonly Used Keyboard Shortcuts in PowerPoint
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How to Use the Keyboard Shortcut List

  1. When the instructions show the keystroke combination Ctrl + C for example, it means to hold down the Ctrl key and then press the letter C, holding both at the same time. The plus sign (+) indicates that you need both of these two keys. You do not press the + key on the keyboard.
  2. Letter case does not matter when using shortcut keys. You can use either capital letters or lower case letters. Both will work.
  3. Certain key combinations are specific to PowerPoint, such as the F5 key playing a slide show. Many other shortcut combinations however, such as Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Z are common to a number of programs. Once you know these common ones, you will be surprised at how often you can use them.
  4. Here are just a few examples of shortcuts that can be used for most programs
    • Copy
    • Paste
    • Cut
    • Save
    • Undo
    • Select All

The Most Commonly Used Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl + A - Select all items on the page or the active text box
Ctrl + C - Copy
Ctrl + P - Opens the Print dialog box
Ctrl + S - Save
Ctrl + V - Paste
Ctrl + X - Cut
Ctrl + Z - Undo last change
F5 - View the complete slide show
Shift + F5 - View the slide show from the current slide forward.
Shift + Ctrl + Home - Selects all text from the cursor to the start of the active text box
Shift + Ctrl + End - Selects all text from the cursor to the end of the active text box
Spacebar or Click the mouse - Move to next slide or next animation
S - Stop the show. Press S again to restart the show
Esc- End the slide show

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