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Shift Key Trick in PowerPoint

Are you an MS PowerPoint user who frequently uses the Slide Master or Handout Master?

What about the Set Up Show dialog box?

Are you tired of all the menu searching you have to do to get where you need to be?

Some of you may have solved your problem by adding more buttons to your already crowded program window. This method certainly works, but wouldn’t it be nice if a faster access to these things already existed?

Well, here’s the good news: the quick access you’re looking for (without the extra buttons displayed) does exist. That is, if you know where to look.

Are you familiar with your handy dandy little button friends in the bottom left of the program window that quickly switch you between the Normal View, Slide Sorter View and the Slide Show?


Well, our answer lies here within these three little buttons.

Unknown to many people, these buttons have a dual purpose. Each one, when used in conjunction with the Shift key, will give you a different result.

Shift + Normal View button opens the Slide Master.
Shift + Slide Sorter
button opens the Handout Master.

Shift + Slide Show
button opens the Set Up Show dialog box.

It brings an instant access to items that otherwise would be accessed through submenus or switching tabs on the Ribbon. It’s probably not a huge timesaver, but when you consider how often you access these things, the time can add up.

Who knew the Shift key could have so many uses?!