Keyboard Shortcuts for PowerPoint Views

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 5:32 AM IST



A reader asked if there were any shortcut keys that could let her go from Normal to Slide Sorter view? The answer is both no and yes — “no” because there’s no real shortcut to do that and “yes” because there is such an easy workaround.

What you need to do is quickly press the Alt+V keyboard shortcut to bring the View tab of the Ribbon in focus — and then press the D key immediately thereafter. So you would use the Alt+V > D sequence to get to Slide Sorter view.

Fortunately, you can quickly access all PowerPoint views with similar keyboard sequences:

Normal View: Alt+V > N
Slide Sorter View: Alt+V > D
Slide Show View: Alt+V > W (also F5)
Notes Page View: Alt+V > P

Additionally you can use the Alt+V > Z sequence to bring up the Zoom dialog box — this however will not work in Slide Show view.

Do note that all these keyboard sequences work in Windows versions of PowerPoint.

So why did Microsoft not create proper keyboard shortcuts for these views, and why do they have these sequences instead?

I don’t know the answer for the first part of the question, but yes there is an answer for the second part — these keyboard sequences are essentially for using the menu options in older versions of PowerPoint that had no Ribbon interfaces.

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