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  1. John Walsh
    February 4, 2014

    I use all of the tips you suggest, but I particularly like the Quick access toolbar. I customize it for those actions that don’t have shortcut keys but I use a lot.

  2. Jorge
    February 4, 2014

    One that few people use is F5 to begin the show.
    On the ribbon I use to set (almost) all formating icons.
    I usually hide the ribbon, to have more space to edit the slides.
    Thank for your advices…

  3. Dr. Debby
    February 4, 2014

    I also love shortcuts, Ellen. I tell clients/students the fewer clicks the better. And one of my favorite techniques even eliminates clicking all together! When you start a new slide and see “Click to add title” I say “Ha! You can’t fool me into doing an extra click.” You merely need to type and your text will automatically go into the title text box.

  4. Charles
    February 4, 2014

    Thanks so much, Ellen, for all you do.

    I have some more favorites. Shift+F5 will start the slide show with the slide you’re on at the moment–a quick way to check a new transition/animation at full size.

    Also, once you have the Quick Access Toolbar and Ribbon the way you want them, get into a populated slide and hit the Alt key. All the keyboard shortcuts light up! All you need to do is choose one. You don’t even have to hit the keys simultaneously or quickly. Just hit them in the order shown.

    A great keyboard shortcut trick is to put your favorite or most often-used 9 toolbar buttons at the beginning of the Quick Access Toolbar. They’re the easiest keyboard shortcuts to memorize: Alt+1 through Alt+9. It doesn’t get faster than that!

  5. byron wolt
    February 4, 2014

    As ALWAYS great and helpful techniques! A couple of other tips i like to share with my students to help them work more quickly in PPT: Ctrl + W to close just the presentation and not PPT itself saving time waiting for PPT to re open. Ctrl + D to duplicate (not that it is so much time saving from Ctrl + C then Ctrl + V). I also like Shift + F5 to start the slide show from the current slide v the beginning. And finally, for those like me who often forget keyboard shortcuts, hitting the alt key will show you hot keys to get you where you want to go without using the ribbon. Thanks for sharing!!!

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