PowerPoint Shortcut Keys

Last updated on October 16th, 2023 at 03:24 pm

In this article, I shall cover the PowerPoint shortcut keys in the PowerPoint shortcuts keys pdf

PowerPoint Shortcut Keys

What are PowerPoint shortcut keys?

PowerPoint shortcuts help in doing the work more efficiently as you do not have to manually search for every task or action you have to perform. For people with mobility or vision disabilities, keyboard shortcuts can be easier than touching the screen and are a better alternative than using a mouse.

Powerpoint Shortcut keys pdf

Download the PowerPoint shortcuts pdf here.

List of PowerPoint shortcut keys


  1. These shortcuts are for Windows users only
  2. A plus sign (+) means that you have to press multiple keys at the same time.
  3. A comma sign (,) in a shortcut means that you need to press multiple keys in order
To do thisPress
Create a new presentation        Ctrl + N
Add a new slideCtrl + M
Change the font sizeAlt  + H, F, S
Insert a pictureAlt  + N, P
Insert a shapeAlt  + N, S, H
Select a theme           Alt  + G, H
Select a slide layout   Alt + H, L
Start Slide Show         F5

Shortcuts for selecting, navigating texts and objects:

To do thisPress
Select or move on to the next object on a slideTab
Select or move to a previous object on a slideShift + Tab
Go back to the beginning of the slideHome 
Go to the end of the slideEnd 
Move a slide up or down in the presentation document Ctrl + Up / Down Arrow
Move a slide to the beginning or end of your presentation documentCtrl + Shift + Up / Down Arrow

Shortcuts for editing and formatting:

To do thisPress
Toggle bold on the selected textCtrl + B
Toggle italics on the selected textCtrl + I
Add or remove underline to selected textCtrl + U
Center aligns the selected textCtrl + E
Justify the selected textCtrl + J
Left align the selected textCtrl + L
Right align the selected textCtrl + R
Insert a hyperlinkCtrl + K
Duplicate the selected object or a slideCtrl + D

Shortcuts for slideshows:

To do thisPress
Play the presentation from the startF5
Play the presentation from the current slideShift + F5
Annotate using a Pen tool while playing the slideshowCtrl + P
Move to the next slide while playing the slideshowN or Page Down
Return to the previous slide while playing the slideshowP or Page Up
Change the screen to black during a slideshowB
End the slideshowEsc

Shortcuts to find and replace text:

To do thisPress
Open the find dialogueCtrl + F
Open the replace dialogueCtrl + H
Repeat the last find actionShift + F4