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Keyboard and Mouse Tricks for Your PowerPoint 2007 Slide Show

While showing your PowerPoint slide show, you can use the keyboard and mouse to control your presentation. PowerPoint offers keys and clicks that you can use to make your PowerPoint presentation run smoothly. If the cursor is hidden, summon it by jiggling the mouse. Then, when the cursor is visible, a faint menu appears in the lower-left corner of the slide. You can use this menu to activate various slide show features.

Use the following keyboard tricks for your slide show

  • Display next slide: Enter, spacebar, Page Down, or N

  • Display preceding slid: Backspace, Page Up, or P

  • Display first slide: 1+Enter

  • Display specific slide: Slide number+Enter

  • Toggle screen black: B or . (period)

  • Toggle screen white: W or , (comma)

  • Show or hide pointer: A or = (equal sign)

  • Erase screen doodles: E

  • Stop or restart automatic show: S, or + (plus sign)

  • Display next slide even if hidden: H

  • Display specific hidden slide: Slide number of hidden slide+Enter

  • Change pen to arrow: Ctrl+A

  • Change arrow to pen: Ctrl+P

  • End slide show: Esc, Ctrl+Break (the Break key doubles as the Pause key), or - (minus)

Use the following mouse tricks for your slide show:

  • Display next slide: Click.

  • Move through slides: Roll the wheel on your mouse (if your mouse has a wheel).

  • Call up menu of actions: Right-click.

  • Display first slide: Hold down both mouse buttons for two seconds.

  • Doodle: Press Ctrl+P to change the mouse arrow to a pen and then draw on-screen like John Madden.

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