Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Ending a Slideshow
Before the Show:
Prep Work
Note: If your slides have animations that are triggered by a click, any of the methods just listed will move
through the animation sequence before advancing to the next slide.
Table 24-1. Keyboard shortcuts for navigating a slideshow
To do this
Press one of these keys or keystroke combinations
Advance to the next slide
N, space bar, Enter, Page Down, , or
Return to the previous slide
P, Backspace, Page Up, , or
Jump to a specific slide
Press Ctrl+S to open the All Slides dialog box, choose a
slide from the list, and then press Alt+G. Or press a slide
number and then press Enter.
Jump to the presentation’s first slide
Jump to the presentation’s final slide
End the presentation
Esc, hyphen (-), or Ctrl+Break
Ending a Slideshow
When you reach the last slide, click one final time. The screen goes black, with this
message at the top: “End of slideshow, click to exit.” Why’d Microsoft include this?
To spare you from the rookie maneuver of baring your presentation file’s innards to
your audience. Now you can wait till the resident techie (or you) unplugs your
laptop from the projector and then click the exit prompt. When you do so, PowerPoint
ends the slideshow and returns you to Normal view. (Pressing any of the keyboard
shortcuts to advance to the next slide does the same thing.)
You can also end the slideshow at any point by using one of these methods:
• Click the lower-left Slide button, and then select End Show.
• Right-click anywhere on the screen, and then select End Show.
• Press Esc, the hyphen key (-), or Ctrl+Break.
That’s it—show’s over. PowerPoint takes you back to Normal view.
Before the Show: Prep Work
Remember this corny old joke:
“Excuse me, how do I get to Carnegie Hall?”
“Practice, practice, practice.”
That punch line is also the answer to the question of how to give a good PowerPoint
presentation. The more you rehearse ahead of time, the better things will go when
you do the show for real.
Here’s another benefit to rehearsing: You can time it. If you’ve got only half an hour
for your talk, you don’t want to find yourself barely halfway through the slides at the
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