Scott Hanselman

THE Useful PowerPoint Tip

May 7, '03 Comments [4] Posted in Web Services
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Here’s a useful tip I thought everyone should know:

When a slide is selected in PowerPoint (either in Normal or Slide Sorter), while F5 will start the slide show at the FIRST slide, pressing Shift-F5 will start the slide show at the CURRENTLY SELECTED slide.

If I see one more person using that TINY slide show button in the tiny lower-left-corner of PowerPoint…:)

Also, just for fun, here's the famous PowerPoint that Abe Lincoln used at the cemetary dedication at Gettysburg.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Thursday, May 08, 2003 3:49:58 AM UTC
After working at DM for eight years (I was employee zero), I picked up more than my fair share of PPT skills (even though I eschewed PPT for my last two years there).

Thursday, May 08, 2003 6:43:42 AM UTC
Ya, I LOVE the slide number tip...I number my slides in the slide master, and keep a back pocket of 10 or so slides...when I want to hop to a slide, rather than the unprofessional SWITCH out of PowerPoint and back, I just remember where I was, type the slide number, and hop back. Good stuff, thanks Don!
Friday, May 09, 2003 10:57:01 AM UTC
From what version of powerpoint does the shift F5 shortcut work? I have an office 2000 version on my machine on which it doesn't work.
Monday, May 12, 2003 4:48:27 PM UTC
Good thing such an obviously useful shortcut is so, er, obvious. There should be a giant "play" triangle on the toolbar. Usability 101.
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