applied tips : march 2009
microsoft powerpoint : object shortcut keys
Here's a couple keyboard and mouse tips for those of us who want to manipulate our slides quickly:
- Press the F2 to toggle between editing text in an object, and selecting the entire object itself. After you've just edited text, you could press F2 to select the entire object and manipulate it.
- Use your arrow keys (up, down, left, and right) to nudge a selected object in any direction.
- Hold down Control while using your arrow keys to very gently nudge a selected object around.
- If you hold down Shift while dragging an object, you'll be confined to the same vertical or horizontal axis.
- If you hold down Control while dragging an object, you'll actually create a clone and leave the original one in its place.
- If the Snap and Grid features are stifling your creativity, hold down Alt while dragging to temporarily ignore all Snap and Grid points.
- While resizing an object, hold Shift to lock in the height/width ratio for a perfect scale.
- While resizing an object, hold Control to resize from the center of the object, instead of the upper-left corner.
- While rotating an object, hold Shift to force 15° angles.
- To force a line to be perfectly straight, hold down Shift while dragging. (Do this with a rectangle to create a perfect square, or with any other shape.)
- Repeatedly press the Tab key to cycle through all objects on a slide for easy selection.
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