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Weekly Computer Tip # 155
12 May 2006

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keyboard shortcut to start slide show from current slide (Microsoft PowerPoint 2003)

As mentioned about two months ago (in tip # 145 to be precise ;-) ; see http://www.roem.co.uk/tip_145.html) I told you about the fact that, having worked with MS Office 2003 on my laptop for ages, I had finally succumbed and upgraded my "desktop" to version 2003 as well. Well, as I use that machine more often than my laptop, I'm gradually finding out things that I absolutely love. (And loathe, but hey!)

You probably know you can simply press F5 to start a slide show right from the beginning (as compared to the slide you were displaying before swapping to slide show view). Well, they now also have a new keyboard shortcut to start the slide show from its current slide. So no need to use the Slide Show button in the lower left corner, which can be a nightmare if you're a) shaking nervously or b) have a mouse that's more like a shopping trolley.

Here's how:


(Press the SHIFT key and while you keep your finger on the SHIFT key, click on the F5 key.)

By the way, if you want to find out more about PowerPoint, why not come along to the new half day "Boost PowerPoint beyond bullet points". Places are just GBP79 per person. See http://www.roem.co.uk/beyond_bullet_points.html for further course details.

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Until next week.

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