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How to Create Your Keynote Slideshow

The heart of a Keynote presentation is the slideshow that you build from the slides you’ve created. A Keynote slideshow is typically presented full screen, with slides appearing in linear order as they are sorted in the Slides list.

In its simplest form, you can always run a slideshow from a Keynote project by clicking the Play button in the toolbar, or by choosing Play→Play Slideshow from the menu. You can advance to the next slide by clicking your mouse, or by pressing the right bracket key, which looks like this: ].

Of course, other controls are available besides just the ones that advance to the next slide! This table illustrates the key shortcuts you’ll use most often during a slideshow.

Keynote Slideshow Shortcut Keys
Key or Key Combination Action
] (right bracket) Next slide
P Previous slide
Home Jump to first slide
End Jump to last slide
C Show or hide the pointer
(number) Jump to the corresponding slide in the Slide list
U Scroll notes up
D Scroll notes down
N Show current slide number
H Hide slideshow and display last application used (the presentation appears as a minimized icon in the Dock)
B Pause slideshow and display a black screen (press any key to resume the slideshow)
Esc Quit

Keynote offers a number of settings that you can tweak to fine-tune your slideshow. To display these settings, choose Keynote→Preferences and click the Slideshow button in the Preferences window.

If you have an iPhone or iPod touch handy and you’ve installed the Apple Keynote Remote application on your device, display the Preferences window and click the Remote button to link your iPhone or iPod touch to your MacBook and Keynote. Now you can use your handheld device as a remote and use it during your slideshow!

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