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Pause a PowerPoint Slide Show with a Black or White Screen

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Use a keyboard shortcut to pause a PowerPoint slide show with a black or white screen

Use a keyboard shortcut to pause a PowerPoint slide show with a black or white screen

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Use a Keyboard Shortcut to Make Screen Black or White During a PowerPoint Slide Show

While you are presenting, sometimes it is necessary to pause for a few minutes -- perhaps to ask or answer a question. Rather than leave the current slide on screen you can blank it out. Your option is to choose to make the screen black or white. The choice usually depends on how your screen will look due to the available lighting in the room.

Quick Keyboard Shortcuts

  • During a slide show, press the B key on the keyboard to make the screen black.

  • During a slide show, press the W key on the keyboard to make the screen white.

  • When you wish to return to the slide show, press the B or W key (as the case may be) to return to the slide last shown.

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