From other programs, I'm used to something like Ctrl+Alt+Shift+C/M or similar.


Edit: Apparently it is also not possible to define custom shortcuts in PowerPoint? Please correct me if this is wrong/outdated info.

  • This is very easy to find using a search engine. What have you tried?
    – Xavierjazz
    Dec 10, 2016 at 19:58
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    That's correct; you cannot define custom shortcuts in PowerPoint, though there are third-party add-ins that help with this. OfficeOne's Shortcut Manager is one such. officeoneonline.com Dec 11, 2016 at 17:08

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Add the required align option to the quick access tool bar. Reorder these items if necessary so that the align options are in are say 3 and 4. Then alt-3 or alt-4 will select them with a single key stroke. (Using ppt 2016)

This also works for 2013 and 2010, by the way.

Here's a short video that explains how to customize the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT to its friends) https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Customize-the-Quick-Access-Toolbar-43fff1c9-ebc4-4963-bdbd-c2b6b0739e52

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    Who is Jake, and how does that part of your answer help to understand this answer here? Nov 23, 2017 at 14:47

The closest to a default shortcut I could find so far is the ribbon keyboard navigation:

Alt + H + G + A + C/M

  • Thanks Jake for your edit, but I think this style is normally used for shortcuts where all keys are pressed simultaneously. In this case they are pressed sequentually. Dec 15, 2016 at 13:41

What are the default shortcuts for “Align Center” and “Align Middle”?

There are no default shortcuts for these operations.

However, there is a (paid) add-on PowerPoint ShortcutTools 3.0 that adds these and many other shortcuts.

Here are just some of the new shortcuts. Note they have different names for the functionality.

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Source All PowerPoint Shortcut Tools Commands

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