Whether you show your PowerPoint presentation on a computer or a screen in front of an audience, you use the same PowerPoint tricks to move among your slides. PowerPoint offers four ways to move from slide to slide in a presentation:

  • Use the slide control buttons: Click a slide control button — Previous, Slides, Next — in the lower-left corner of the screen. If you don’t see the slide control buttons, press Ctrl+U or right-click and choose Pointer Options→Arrow Options→Visible.

  • Click the Slides button: Click this button and make a choice on the pop-up menu.

  • Right-click on-screen: Right-click and choose a navigation option on the shortcut menu.

  • Press a keyboard shortcut: Press one of the numerous keyboard shortcuts that PowerPoint offers for going from slide to slide.

    Besides using keyboard shortcuts, you can move from slide to slide by clicking on-screen.
    Besides using keyboard shortcuts, you can move from slide to slide by clicking on-screen.

To go to the Next slide:

  • Slide control button: Next

  • Click the Slides button and choose: Next

  • Rich click and choose: Next

  • Keyboard shortcut: Enter, spacebar, N, Page Down, down arrow, or right arrow

To go to the Previous slide:

  • Slide control button: Previous

  • Click the Slides button and choose: Previous

  • Right click and choose: Previous

  • Keyboard shortcut: Backspace, P, Page Up, up arrow, or left arrow

To go to a specific slide:

  • Slide control button: N/A

  • Click the Slides button and choose: Go To Slide→Slide number and title

  • Right click and choose: Go to Slide→Slide number and title

  • Keyboard shortcut: Slide number+Enter; Ctrl+S and then select Slide number and title

To go to the last viewed slide:

  • Slide control button: N/A

  • Click the Slides button and choose: Last Viewed

  • Right click and choose: Last Viewed

  • Keyboard shortcut: N/A

If animations are on a slide, commands for going to the next slide instead make animations play in sequence. To bypass animations and go to the next slide, use a command for going forward across several slides.