Creating client presentations. A seemingly never-ending task for financial analysts.

Luckily, PowerPoint is full of handy tools and shortcuts which can be used to help speed up workflow and meet deadlines on time. Using shortcuts is a sure-fire way to optimize your productivity, so invest some time in familiarising yourself with our top 25 and ease the pain of client presentation building.

Formatting Text

Change the font size for selected text
Alt
H

>

F

>

S
Make selected text bold
Ctrl
B
Make selected text italic
Ctrl
I
Align text left
Ctrl
L
Align text center
Ctrl
E
Align text right
Ctrl
R

Slides and Objects

Insert a new slide
Ctrl
M
Insert a shape
Alt
H

>

S

>

H
Select a theme
Alt
G

>

H
Select a slide layout
Alt
H

>

L
Duplicate selected object
Ctrl
D
Group selected objects
Ctrl
G
Ungroup selected objects
Ctrl
Shift
G
Copy object formatting
Ctrl
Shift
C
Paste object formatting
Ctrl
Shift
V

Presenting

Start presentation from current slide
Shift
F5
Start presentation in presenter view
Alt
F5
Jump directly to slide number during presentation
123
Enter
Zoom in
+
Zoom out
Display a black or white slide during presentation (press esc to go back)
B

or

W

View

Change the zoom for the slide
Alt
W

>

Q
Jump to previous slide
PgUp
Jump to next slide
PgDn
Expand or collapse the ribbon
Ctrl
F1

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