You’re probably familiar with the three little buttons in the bottom-left corner of
PowerPoint that let you switch views:
[Normal View] [Slide Sorter View] [Slide Show]
Did you know you could press Ctrl or Shift while pressing them to invoke all
sorts of crazy commands?
Here’s a table summarizing what you can do:
|Normal View – left button||Slide Sorter View – middle button||Slide Show – right button|
|Normal||Normal View||Slide Sorter View||Slide Show from current slide|
|With Shift||Slide Master View||Handout Master View||Setup Show|
|With Ctrl||Normal View||Slide Sorter View||Mini Slide Show|
|With Ctrl-Shift||Normal View without thumbnail and notes panes||Outline||Setup Show|
There are two notable ones out of those. They’re notable primarily because I
don’t think there’s a way to invoke them except through these shortcuts, though
someone correct me if I’m wrong.
The coolest one is Ctrl + Slide Show. I often find myself playing the full
screen Slide Show just to preview an animation. With this, I can display a little
Slide Show window
simultaneously edit slides in the main window.
The little window is a fully working instance of the Slide Show. Here
I’ve inked in it, just like I can in the real Slide Show:
- I was HREF="/waynekao/archive/2004/03/30/102255.aspx">complaining the other
dayabout how hard it can be to edit text in PowerPoint
without having to worry about how it looks. Ctrl + Shift + Slide Sorter View displays a
full page outline to let you
focus on your text.