How to Move In between Slides in PowerPoint - dummies

How to Move In between Slides in PowerPoint

By Faithe Wempen

To move from one slide to the next in PowerPoint 2013 or to trigger the next on-click animation on a slide, click the left mouse button. That’s all you need to know at the most basic level.

You can also get much fancier than that about moving around. You can use shortcut keys to move to specific locations, and you can right-click and use the shortcut menu that appears to move around.

Right-click and choose Help in Slide Show view to get a list of the shortcut keys available.

You can also use the buttons in the lower-left corner of the screen in Slide Show view. They’re very faint at first, but if you move the mouse pointer over one, it becomes solid. Click a button to open a menu or click the right- or left-arrow buttons there to move forward and back in the presentation.

  1. Open your presentation.

  2. On the Slide Show tab, click the From Beginning button.

    Slide 1 appears in Slide Show view.

  3. Click to move to slide 2.

  4. Press the spacebar to move to slide 3.

  5. Press the right-arrow key to move to slide 4.

  6. Press the Enter key to move to slide 5.

    You’ve just seen four different ways of advancing to the next slide.

  7. Press the Backspace key to move to slide 4.

  8. Press the left-arrow key to move to slide 3.

    Now you know two different ways of moving backward in a presentation.

  9. Right-click anywhere, choose See All Slides, and then click slide 1.

    This figure shows the thumbnail images that appear when you choose See All Slides.

    Using this method, you can jump to any slide you want, at any time.


  10. Move the mouse pointer to the lower-left corner of the screen and run the pointer over the icons there.

    The figure shows all of the icons. The first two are Previous and Next; you can use them to move between slides as an alternative to the keyboard and mouse methods you learned earlier.

    The Pen icon opens a menu from which you can choose a pen tool (Laser Pointer, Pen, Highlighter, or Eraser) and a pen color. These are covered in the next exercise.

    The Show All Slides button provides an alternative to right-clicking and choosing Show All Slides, as you did in Step 9. It displays a gallery of slide thumbnails, shown here.

    The Zoom button enables you to zoom in on a certain area of the currently displayed slide.

    The Menu button displays a navigation menu from which you can jump to a custom show, set screen and arrow options, get help, and more.


  11. Click the Menu button.

    A menu appears. See this figure.


  12. Choose the Last Viewed command from the menu.

    Slide 3 reappears.

  13. Click the Menu button again, point to Screen, and choose Black Screen.

    The screen turns black. You might use this to temporarily blank out the screen so you can have a discussion, for example.

  14. Right-click the slide and choose Screen→White Screen.

    This step also blanks out the screen, except it turns white instead of black.

  15. Press Esc.

    The presentation goes back to Slide Show view.

  16. Press B.

    This is a keyboard shortcut for the Screen→Black Screen command. W is the keyboard shortcut for making the screen white.

  17. Press Esc.

    Slide Show view closes, and you’re returned to Normal view.