PowerPoint is the free presentation software for Windows that comes along with the other software of Microsoft Office. It is the most widely used software as it is user friendly and can be used to create excellent presentations easily! Microsoft Powerpoint provides us with all the tools requires to create a presentation along with almost all graphical elements. As a beginner or expert, one can easily understand these tools but using them could seem a bit tedious. So one must learn the Powerpoint keyboard shortcuts for quick access and easy creation of presentations. In this article, we will cover all the best Microsoft Powerpoint keyboard shortcuts! Microsoft PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts Shortcuts for Windows Here is a list of shortcuts that would make the process of presentation seamless and mouse-free: The commonly used shortcuts are: Open a ‘New presentation’ – Cntrl + NAdd a ‘New Slide’ – Cntrl + MClose the Presentation – Cntrl + OSave the presentation – Cntrl + SFor the ‘Save as’ option – F12For the next slide – Page UpFor a previous slide – Page Down For selecting a theme – Alt + G, HFor selecting a slide layout – Alt + H, L Shortcuts for editing the presentation: Insert shortcuts: Picture – Alt + N, P Shape – Alt + N, S, HCopy – Cntrl + CPaste – Cntrl + VCopy with formatting – Cntrl +Shift + C Paste with formatting – Cntrl + Shift + V Edit texts: For increasing the ‘Font size’ :For decreasing the ‘Font size’:Bold option: Cntrl + BItalics option: Cntrl + IUnderline option: Cntrl + UChanging the case of alphabets: Cntrl + F3Undo – Cntrl +ZRedo – Cntrl + Y Edit Objects: Selection of every object – Cntrl + ACreate a group of the selected objects – Cntrl + GUngrouping of the objects – Cntrl + Shift + GNext object – TabPrevious object – Shift + TabTo cut the object – Cntrl + XTo paste the object – Cntrl + VTo copy the object – Cntrl + CTo duplicate the object – Cntrl + D / Cntrl + Drag the mouse Format the objects: Text box editing options:Increase the width of the box – Shift + Right arrowDecrease the width of the box – Shift + Left ArrowIncrease the height of the box – Shift + Upper arrowDecrease the height of the box – Shift + Lower arrowRotate the objects:Clockwise – Alt + Right arrowCounter- Clockwise – Alt + Left arrow Alignment of the texts: Left – Cntrl + LRight – Cntrl + RCenter – Cntrl + E Zoom options: Zoom In: + (Plus)Zoom Out: Cntrl + – (Minus) Access the Ribbon These are few Powerpoint keyboard shortcuts to use the tools for the texts or graphics on the screen. Further, let us check out how to access the tools on the Ribbon with the keyboard. For accessing the Search option – Alt + QTo open the File menu – Alt + FTo access the Home tab – Alt + HTo access the Insert tab – Alt + NTo access the Design tab – Alt + GTo access the Transitions tab – Alt + KTo access the Animations – Alt + ATo access the View tab – Alt + WTo access the Slideshow tab – Alt + STo access the Review tab – Alt + R If you have an active key selected on the Ribbon then you can just toggle between the tabs instead of using the individual shortcuts. For this, use the following combinations: Expand the Ribbon using the command -Cntrl + F1To activate the key use – Alt / F10Then use the arrow keys to move towards the next option.To select and open the menu use – Alt + Down arrow Settings to edit, align, and move the paragraphs: Promote the selected paragraph – Alt + Shift + Left arrowDemote the selected paragraph – Alt + Shift + Right arrowExpand the paragraph below a heading – Alt + Shift + PlusCollapse the paragraph below a heading – Alt + Shift + MinusMove the selected paragraph up – Alt + Shift + Upper arrowMove the selected paragraph down – Alt + Shift + Lower arrow To insert the symbols: These Powerpoint keyboard shortcuts are very important while creating a presentation with legal data or research pieces of information. Copyright symbol – Insert > Symbols > Type ‘c’Trademark symbol – Insert > Symbols > Type ‘tm’Registered trademark symbol – Insert > Symbols > Type ‘r’Add hyperlink – Press Cntrl + K Best Microsoft PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts during the presentation One cannot remember every shortcut mentioned above, so here are some of the useful quick tools to use while making a presentation are: To start a presentation from the beginning with the shortcut – F5To start the presentation from the current slide with the shortcut – Shift + F5Use the ‘Pen tool’ during slideshow – Cntrl + POpen the ‘Next’ slide – Page Down / N / Right arrowOpen the ‘Previous’ slide – Page Up / P / Left arrowTo turn the screen ‘Black’ during slideshow – BTo turn screen ‘White’ during the slideshow – WTo remove the ‘White’ screen and return to the presentation – Press W againTo remove the ‘Black’ screen and return to the presentation – Press B againTo end the slideshow – Esc Combinations of mouse and keyboard shortcuts Even though we are focusing on the Microsoft PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts, here are few extra tips that might be easier than the conventional methods. Here are some of such combinations: To select multiple items at a single time use:Shift > Click on the item you want to selectTo move an item perpendicularly upwards and downwards or towards left and right then use:Shift + Drag the object Up / Down / Left / Right.To proportionally resize an object, use:Shift + Resize with mouse The Powerpoint keyboard shortcuts for iOS, Mac, Android, etc are different. To know more about the keyboard shortcuts for other platforms click here. These shortcuts would prevent opening the menu each time you want to alter or jump to some slide. Hence this would keep the Powerpoint presentation smooth and effective.