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Useful and Time-Saving Google Slides Shortcuts

Useful and Time-Saving Google Slides Shortcuts

Google Slides is one of the convenient and fast platforms to craft compelling presentations free of cost. It offers numerous features, like allowing users to access the platform right from their browsers without installing an app, allowing multiple users to work together on a presentation, and much more. 

Now, when it comes to crafting a presentation, users like to access every tool at their fingertips. Therefore, we have brought you a compiled list of the most used and useful Google Slides keyboard shortcuts to help you create quicker, smarter, and slicker presentations than ever before! 

Let’s have a look at the shortcuts to use in Google Slides and save loads of time!

General Program Actions

The following shortcuts are for copying text, undoing a mistake, and more:

Windows

Make a new slideCtrl + M
Duplicate the slideCtrl + D
Copy the selected text or visual elements to the clipboardCtrl + C
Cut the text  or graphicCtrl + X
Paste the content to a slideCtrl + V
Undo an actionCtrl +Z
Redo an actionCtrl + Y
Insert or edit an external linkCtrl + K
Print the presentationCtrl + P
Open a file from a drive or computerCtrl + O
Find specific text in the slidesCtrl + F
Find and replace text in slidesCtrl + H
Switch to compact mode (Hide the menus)Ctrl + Shift + F

Mac

Make a new slideCmd + M
Duplicate the slideCmd + D
Copy the selected text or visual elements to the clipboardCmd + C
Cut the text  or graphicCmd + X
Paste the content to a slideCmd + V
Undo an actionCmd + Z
Redo an actionCmd + Y
Insert or edit an external linkCmd + K
Print the presentationCmd + P
Open a file from a drive or computerCmd + O
Find specific text in the slidesCmd + F
Find and replace text in slidesCmd + H
Switch to compact mode (Hide the menus)Cmd + Shift + F

Format Text 

Windows 

Bold TextCtrl + B
Italic TextCtrl + I
Underline TextCtrl + U
Apply strikethrough to textAlt + Shift + 5
Justify the textCtrl + Shift + J
Copy the format of the selected textCtrl  + Alt + C 
Paste the format of the textCtrl + Alt + V
Clear the format of the textCtrl + \
Increase or decrease the font sizeCtrl + Shift + > and <
Increase or decrease paragraph indentationCtrl + ]
Left alignCtrl + Shift + L
Center alignCtrl + Shift + E
Right alignCtrl + Shift + R
Insert a numbered listCtrl + Shift + 7
Insert a bulleted listCtrl + Shift + 8

Mac

Bold TextCmd + B
Italic TextCmd + I
Underline TextCmd + U
Apply strikethrough to textCmd + Shift + X
Justify the textCmd + Shift + J
Copy the format of the selected textCmd + Option + C 
Paste the format of the textCmd + Option + V
Clear the format of the textCmd + \
Increase or decrease the font sizeCmd + Shift + > and <
Increase or decrease paragraph indentationCmd + ]
Left alignCmd + Shift + L
Center alignCmd + Shift + E
Right alignCmd + Shift + R
Insert a numbered listCmd + Shift + 7
Insert a bulleted listCmd + Shift + 8

Use the Filmstrip

Windows

Move focus to the filmstripCtrl + Alt + Shift + F
Move focus to the canvasCtrl + Alt + Shift + C
Shift focus to the previous or next slideUp/Down Arrow
Move focus to the first or last slideHome/End, Ctrl + Alt + Up/Down Arrow
Shift the slide in focus up or downCtrl + Up/Down Arrow
Shift the slide in focus to the beginning or endCtrl + Shift + Up/Down Arrow 
Expand the selection to the previous or next slideShift + Up/Down Arrow
Select the first or last slideShift + Home/End

Mac

Move focus to the filmstripCmd + Option + Shift + F
Move focus to the canvasCmd + Option + Shift + C
Shift focus to the previous or next slideUp/Down Arrow
Shift focus to the first or last slideFn + Left/Right Arrow
Shift the slide in focus up or downCmd + Up/Down Arrow
Shift the slide in focus to the beginning or endCmd + Up/Down Arrow 
Expand the selection to the previous or next slideShift + Up/Down Arrow
Select the first or last slideShift + Fn + Left/Right Arrow

Move Around in a Presentation

Windows

Zoom in/out of a slide Ctrl + Alt and +/-
Open the speaker notes panelCtrl + Alt + Shift + S
Switch to the HTML view of the presentationCtrl + Alt + Shift + P
Open a slide’s transition animation panelCtrl + Alt + Shift + B

Mac

Zoom in/out of a slide Cmd + Option and +/-
Open the speaker notes panelCmd + Option + Shift + S
Switch to the HTML view of the presentationCmd + Option + Shift + P
Open a slide’s transition animation panelCmd + Option + Shift + B

Move or Arrange Objects in a Slide

Windows

Select the next object or shapeTab
Select the previous object or shapeShift + Tab
Duplicate the selected objectCtrl + D
Group the selected objectsCtrl + Alt + G
Ungroup objectsCtrl + Alt + Shift + G
Send the selected object to the backward or frontwardCtrl + Shift + Down/Up Arrow
Make the shape or object smallerCtrl + Alt + J
Make the shape or object largerCtrl + Alt + K
Make the shape or object smaller verticallyCtrl + Alt + Q
Make the shape or object larger verticallyCtrl + Alt + I
Make the shape or object smaller horizontallyCtrl + Alt + W
Make the shape or object larger horizontallyCtrl + Alt + B

Mac

Select the next object or shapeTab
Select the previous object or shapeShift + Tab
Duplicate the selected objectCmd + D
Group the selected objectsCmd + Option + G
Ungroup objectsCmd + Option + Shift + G
Send the selected object backward or forwardCmd + Down/Up Arrow
Make the shape or object smallerCmd + Ctrl + J
Make the shape or object largerCmd + Ctrl + K
Make the shape or object smaller verticallyCmd + Ctrl + Q
Make the shape or object larger verticallyCmd + Ctrl + I
Make the shape or object smaller horizontallyCmd + Ctrl + W
Make the shape or object larger horizontallyCmd + Ctrl + B

Present your Presentation

Windows

Start a slideshow from any slideCtrl + F5
Start a slideshow from the beginningCtrl + Shift + F5
Switch to the next slideRight/Left Arrow 
Switch to a specific slide numberA number followed by the Enter (E.g., you want to go to slide number 5, So click 5 + Enter)
Open speaker notesS
Open audience toolsA
Toggle to full screenF11
Toggle laser pointerL
Show a blank black slideB
Show a blank white slideW

Mac

Start a slideshow from any slideCmd + Enter
Start a slideshow from the beginningCmd + Shift + Enter
Switch to the next slideRight/Left Arrow 
Switch to a specific slide numberA number followed by the Enter (E.g., you want to go to slide number 5, So click 5 + Enter)
Open speaker notesS
Open audience toolsA
Toggle to full screenCmd + Shift + F
Toggle laser pointerL
Show a blank black slideB
Show a blank white slideW

Access the Menus on a Windows PC

ChromeOther Browsers
Alt + FAlt + Shift + F
Alt + EAlt + Shift + E
Alt + VAlt + Shift + V
Alt + IAlt + Shift + I
Alt + OAlt + Shift + O
Alt + TAlt + Shift + T
Alt + HAlt + Shift + H
Alt + AAlt + Shift + A

Shift + Right-click to show the browser’s context menu

Access the Menus on Mac

Open the File menuCtrl + Option + F
Open the Edit menuCtrl + Option + E
Open the View menuCtrl + Option + V
Open the Insert menuCtrl + Option + I
Open the Format menuCtrl + Option + O
Open the Tools menuCtrl + Option + T
Open the Help menuCtrl + Option + H
Open the Accessibility menu Ctrl + Option + A
Open the Input tools menuCmd + Option + Shift + K

Shift + Right-click to show the browser’s context menu

And that’s it! Save this blog for your future reference, and use these shortcuts to quickly create a presentation from scratch or customize predesigned Google Slides presentations

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