Keyboard shortcuts for use while delivering a sales presentation in PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint sales presentations and shortcuts

During your sales presentation your eyes and attention should no longer be captivated by your computer or your mouse, but focused on your customers to captivate them.

Using keyboard shortcuts is an effective to reduce the time that you spend focused on the computer.

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts while you run your presentation in full screen mode.


Slide show shortcuts

To do this Press
Start a presentation from the beginning. F5
Start a presentation since the current slide SHIFT + F5
Perform the previous animation or return to the previous slide. P, PAGE UP, LEFT ARROW, UP ARROW, or BACKSPACE
Perform the next animation or advance to the next slide. N, ENTER, PAGE DOWN, RIGHT ARROW, DOWN ARROW, or SPACEBAR
Go to slide number. number+ENTER
Display a blank black slide, or return to the presentation from a blank black slide. B or PERIOD
Display a blank white slide, or return to the presentation from a blank white slide. W or COMMA
Stop or restart an automatic presentation. S
End a presentation. ESC or HYPHEN
Erase on-screen annotations. E
Go to the next slide, if the next slide is hidden. H
Set new timings while rehearsing. T
Use original timings while rehearsing. O
Use mouse-click to advance while rehearsing. M
Re-record slide narration and timing R
Return to the first slide. Press and hold Right and Left Mouse buttons for 2 seconds
Show or hide the arrow pointer A or =
Change the pointer to a pen. CTRL+P
Change the pointer to an arrow. CTRL+A
Change the pointer to an eraser CTRL+E
Show or hide ink markup CTRL+M
Hide the pointer and navigation button immediately. CTRL+H
Hide the pointer and navigation button in 15 seconds. CTRL+U
View the All Slides dialog box CTRL+S
View the computer task bar CTRL+T
Display the shortcut menu. SHIFT+F10
Go to the first or next hyperlink on a slide. TAB
Go to the last or previous hyperlink on a slide. SHIFT+TAB
Perform the “mouse click” behavior of the selected hyperlink. ENTER while a hyperlink is selected


Media shortcuts during presentation

To do this Press
Stop media playback ALT+Q
Toggle between play and pause ALT+P
Go to the next bookmark ALT+END
Go to the previous bookmark ALT+HOME
Increase the sound volume ALT+Up
Decrease the sound volume ALT+Down
Seek backward ALT+SHIFT+PAGE UP
Mute the sound ALT+U

Tip You can press F1 during your presentation to see a list of controls.


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    • Julian Mag on 11/13/2014 at 18:54
    • Reply

    Very good tips. Thanks for sharing. One of my favorite keyboard shortcuts in PowerPoint 2010 and 2013 is CTRL-SHIFT-F5 to start the slideshow from the current slide instead of the beginning of the presentation. This is very useful while rehearsing the presentation and need to edit typos or change things quickly.

    One of my favorite keyboard shortcuts ( and we use it a lot at our PowerPoint templates website ) is the CTRL-G and CTRL-SHIFT-G to Group and Ungroup shapes. Given that most of the PowerPoint templates available in our site are created as editable PowerPoint objects, we use these keyboard shortcuts a lot in order to customize the cartoon characters or presentation diagrams.

    1. I think ‘Shift-F5’ starts the slideshow from the current slide (not Ctrl-Shift-F5 as mentionned in your comment 😉 All the best

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