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Discover the power shortcuts the pros use to navigate PowerPoint 2010 with ease. Author Alicia Katz Pollock shows how to customize views, work with text, format slides, and publish your final presentation. The course also includes her top 10 tips for working with presentations, including autofitting text, creating custom bullets, and using shapes to mask images and video.
While you can always rely on the thumbnails and the mouse to move around in your document you can get around much faster by using the navigation keys on your keyboard. Let's go down to the slide 6. We will work in the text box on the left. Click anywhere in the text, take a look at the six pack of keys on the right side of your extended keyboard. The ones above the Up and Down arrows where it says Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down. Home takes you to the beginning of a row. End takes you to the end of a row. Ctrl+Home takes to the beginning of a text box, and Ctrl+End takes it to the end of a text box.
You already know that the Left and Right arrows will go one letter at a time, if you do Ctrl+Left and Ctrl+Right, you can jump around one word at a time. The Up and Down arrows will take you one line at a time, but Ctrl+Down and Ctrl+Up will take you one bullet point at a time. Page Up and Page Down will move you one slide at a time. One of my favorite techniques is deleting a whole word at a time. If I do a Ctrl+Delete, it will delete a whole word to the right, I'll undo that, and if I do a Ctrl+Backspace, it will erase one word to the left. I am going to press End to go to the end of my Bullet Point.
And one of my most useful techniques is holding down the Shift key as a modifier for any of these navigation techniques. As I hold down the Shift key, it will select the text as I move. That way I can highlight it to do another keyboard command. For instance if I want to make this bold, I could do a Ctrl+B. Personally, the ability to get around in my text without having to point and click increases my productivity greatly. Every second saved, really does add up.
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