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Weekly Computer Tip # 154
7 May 2006

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navigate to a specific slide during a presentation (Microsoft PowerPoint)

Last week I explained how to avoid nervously shaking your mouse pointer around while presenting, by using keyboard shortcuts to navigate through your slides. But picture this ... somebody in the audience asks you to return to one of the slides where you talked about such and such. OK, you can flick through the slides. Or randomly try a specific slide number. (Was it 4? No! 7? Neither. 12? Nope!) Or - heaven forbid - you go to slide sorter view (you know, where you can view your slides as a thumbnail), distracting everybody in the process. So the moral of the story ... use PowerPoint's built-in method to navigate to a specific slide.

Here's how:

  1. In slide show view (i.e. the actual slide show presentation), right-click anywhere on the screen.
  2. From the shortcut menu select Go to Slide. (If you use PowerPoint 2000, select Go, followed by By Title.)
  3. From the list of slide titles (assuming you used titles!) click the slide you want to display.
  4. To return to the previously viewed slide, right-click again, and select Last Viewed (or Previously Viewed in v2000) from the shortcut menu.

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