Unlike in Windows versions of PowerPoint, where you can quickly press the Alt key to access the menu or even the Ribbon tabs, the Mac versions of PowerPoint provide no equivalent feature. However there is an alternative, and you can learn how to invoke keyboard sequences by accessing your menu bar in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.
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When you are working with PowerPoint on Windows, you will be able to use a number of keyboard sequences which help you access various menu commands. These keyboard sequences are combinations that start with pressing the Alt key followed by a few more characters in succession. But with Mac versions of PowerPoint, this approach doesn't work. You can do something similar but even then, the process and the results are both a little different. Let's learn more in this tutorial:
- Make sure you have a presentation open in PowerPoint. Now, press the Ctrl+F2 key combination (or Ctrl+Fn+F2, if you use a smaller keyboard on a Mac laptop). This will activate the Menu Bar by highlighting the Apple Mac symbol, as shown in Figure 1 (highlighted in red). This is an indication to signify that the Menu Bar is activated.
Figure 1: Menu Bar activated
- Now type the first letter of the Menu command that you want to select. If you want to select one of the two menu commands that start with the same first letter such as File and Format, then quickly type the first two letters of the command that you want to select. In Figure 2 you can see that we selected the View option just by typing the letter 'v'.
Figure 2: View option selected by typing the letter 'v'
- Press the Return key on your keyboard to open the drop-down menu for the selected command. Figure 3 shows the View drop-down menu that we accessed by pressing Return key when the View menu option was selected.
Figure 3: View drop-down menu activated by pressing the Return key
- When the drop-down menu of the selected command is opened, type the first letter of the command that you want to select within the drop-down menu. Again, to select one of the commands that start with identical words, you need to type multiple letters. We typed 'm' to select the Master command within the View menu as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4: Typing 'm' within View drop-down menu selects the Master option
- If you select an option that includes a sub-menu, press the Return key again to activate the sub-menu. We activated the Master sub-menu by pressing the Return key after the View | Master option was selected (refer to Figure 4, above).
- When the required sub-menu is open, type the first letter (or the first few letters, if required) of the command that you want to select within the sub-menu. In Figure 5 you can see that we typed the letter 'n' when the Master sub-menu was active, this selected the Notes Master option. Press the Return key again to execute this option.
Figure 5: Typing 'n' within Master sub- menu selects the notes Master option
So, the keyboard sequence we used to access the Notes Master view is:
These keyboard sequences may at first appear long and convoluted, but once you get used to them, they can be very useful and quick when you want to access these options without a mouse.
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