What is the shortcut key for starting the slideshow from the selected or active slide?

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To start a presentation from the current slide:

  • in PowerPoint 2003 or later, press Shift+F5
  • in PowerPoint X/Macintosh, press Control+Shift+B

To start a presentation from the beginning:

  • in PowerPoint for Windows, press F5
  • in PowerPoint X/Mac, press Control+Shift+S
  • Mine is Microsoft Powerpoint 2002 and Shift+F5 is not working in it :( Aug 29, 2010 at 11:07
  • I installed 2007 and now it is working. Aug 31, 2010 at 4:03
  • I have a multi-monitor Windows setup, and F5 and/or Shift+F5 both launch as one monitor with presentation, but also with one with presenter view. How do you just show the presentation without the presenter view?
    – J-Dizzle
    Jul 9, 2015 at 18:13
  • ALT, W, D does show Reading View though. This somewhat solves my question above :)
    – J-Dizzle
    Jul 9, 2015 at 18:14
  • And how can you jump to the next page without going through all the animations?
    – skan
    Sep 19, 2015 at 17:20

Powerpoint 2016 has the following keyboard shortcuts to play a slideshow.

From the current slide:

  • Windows: Shift + F5
  • Mac: Command + Return

From the first slide:

  • Windows: F5
  • Mac: Command + Shift + Return

References: Windows and Mac


In LibreOffice Impress Shift + F5 works fine.

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