How to Use the Keyboard Shortcut List
- 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.
- Letter case does not matter when using shortcut keys. You can use either capital letters or lower case letters. Both will work.
- 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.
- Here are just a few examples of shortcuts that can be used for most programs
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The Most Commonly Used Keyboard ShortcutsCtrl + 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