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Keyboard Sequences for PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Explore Keyboard Sequences in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows. These keyboard sequences are different than keyboard shortcuts, and provide you with more options to speedily accomplish PowerPoint tasks.


Product/Version: PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher

Keyboard Sequences for PowerPoint

Many users are familiar with keyboard shortcuts for PowerPoint 365 for Windows, yet there are no real shortcuts for tasks users need to perform all the time. This includes changing PowerPoint's views or even aligning or reordering slide objects.

Thankfully, there are many keyboard sequences that work for these tasks. Most sequences entail that you press two buttons, and then press the third button after a moment.

So if the keyboard sequence is listed as Alt + S > H, then you must press the Alt and S keys together, let go of those two keys and then press the H key.

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PowerPoint Keyboard Sequences: 2016

Animation Sequences

First, access the Animation Task Pane:

Alt + A > C
Brings up the Animation Task Pane

Then reorder your animations:

Alt + A > E
Move the selected animation to play one step earlier

Alt + A > L
Move the selected animation to play one step later


Alt + H > G > P
Brings up the Selection Task Pane

Ctrl + Spacebar > C
Closes active Task Pane

Working with Slides

Alt + H > I > L
Opens Insert Outline dialog box

Alt + H > F > O
Show the Office Clipboard Task Pane

Alt + H > I > R
Brings up Reuse Slides Task Pane

Alt + N > T > X
Insert Excel Spreadsheet

Alt + R > R
Open the Insights Task pane, this is same Task Pane that was known as the Review Task Pane in previous versions of PowerPoint

Alt + S > H
Hide / Unhide the selected slide

Alt + W > N
Open a new window containing a view of the current presentation

Alt + H > Q
Reset the position, size, and formatting of the slide placeholders to their default settings

Alt + N > C
Opens Insert Chart dialog box

Alt + S > N > R
Start recording from current slide

Alt + W > E
Cascade the open document windows on the screen so that they overlap

Alt + W > F
Fits the slide to current window

Alt + W > X
Opens Grid and Guides dialog box

Backstage View Options

Alt + F > I
Brings up the Info Pane

Alt + F > T
Opens PowerPoint Options dialog box

Alt + F > H
Brings up the Share Pane

Alt + F > E
Brings up the Export Pane

Alt + F > D
Brings up the Account Pane

Aligning and Distributing Slide Objects

First make sure you choose whether you want to align objects to each other or to the slide:

Alt + H > G > A > O
Activates Align Selected Objects to Each Other option

Alt + H > G > A > A
Activates Align Selected Objects to Slide option

Then choose the Alignment options:

Alt + H > G > A > B
Align objects Bottom

Alt + H > G > A > C
Align objects Center

Alt + H > G > A > L
Align objects Left

Alt + H > G > A > M
Align objects Middle

Alt + H > G > A > R
Align objects Right

Alt + H > G > A > T
Align objects Top

You can also distribute selected slide objects:

Alt + H > G > A > H
Distribute objects Horizontally

Alt + H > G > A > V
Distribute objects Vertically

Working with Themes and Backgrounds

Alt + G > T > F > C
Brings up the Format Background Task Pane

Alt + G > H > M
Opens Choose Theme or Themed Document dialog box

Alt + G > H > S
Opens Save Current Theme dialog box

Alt + G > V > C > C
Opens Create New Theme Colors dialog box

Alt + G > V > F > C
Opens Create New Theme Fonts dialog box

PowerPoint Views

Alt + W > L
Change to Normal view

Alt + W > D
Change to Reading view

Alt + W > H
Change to Handout Master view

Alt + W > T
Change to Notes Page view

Alt + W > I
Change to Slide Sorter view

Alt + W > K
Change to Notes Master view

Alt + W > M
Change to Slide Master view

Alt + W > P > O
Change to Outline view

Alt + S > B
Keyboard shortcut: F5
Play in Slide Show view from first slide

Alt + S > C
Keyboard shortcut: Shift + F5
Play in Slide Show view from current slide

PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences:
PowerPoint 2016, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2007 and 2003 for Windows
PowerPoint 2016 and 2011 for Mac
PowerPoint Online for Windows and Mac

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See Also:

Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences: Keyboard Sequences for PowerPoint (Index Page)

Keyboard Sequences for PowerPoint 365 for Windows
Keyboard Sequences for PowerPoint 365 for Mac
Keyboard Sequences for PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
Keyboard Sequences for PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Keyboard Sequences for PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Keyboard Sequences for PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Keyboard Sequences for PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
Keyboard Sequences for PowerPoint 2003 for Windows

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