Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts

You can use keyboard shortcuts to quickly accomplish many tasks in Keynote. To use a keyboard shortcut, press all the keys in the shortcut at the same time. Shortcuts for common commands are listed in the table below.

Move around within a presentation

Action

Shortcut

Move one character to the left

Left Arrow

Move one character to the right

Right Arrow

Move one character backward (works for left-to-right and right-to-left text)

Control-B

Move one character forward (works for left-to-right and right-to-left text)

Control-F

Move to the line above

Up Arrow

Move to the line below

Down Arrow

Move to the beginning of the current or previous word

Option–Left Arrow or Option-Control-B

Move to the end of the current or next word

Option–Right Arrow or Option-Control-F

Move to the beginning of the current text area

Command–Up Arrow

Move to the bottom of the current text area

Command–Down Arrow

Move to the beginning of the current line

Command–Left Arrow

Move to the end of the current line

Command–Right Arrow

Move to the beginning of the current paragraph

Option–Up Arrow

Move to the end of the current paragraph

Option–Down Arrow

Find the selected item in the presentation

Command-E

Jump to a selection in a presentation

Command-J

Scroll to the beginning of the slide

Home

Scroll to the end of the slide

End

Center the insertion point in the app window

Control-L

Move to the next slide

Page Down

Move to the previous slide

Page Up

Move to the first slide

Home

Move to the last slide

End

Select text

Action

Shortcut

Select one or more characters

Click in front of the first character and drag across the characters you want to select

Select a word

Double-click the word

Select a paragraph

Triple-click in the paragraph

Select all objects and text

Command-A

Deselect all objects and text

Shift-Command-A

Extend the text selection

Click in the text, then Shift-click in another location in the text

Extend the selection one character to the right

Shift–Right Arrow

Extend the selection one character to the left

Shift–Left Arrow

Extend the selection to the end of the current word, then to the end of subsequent words

Option–Shift–Right Arrow

Extend the selection to the beginning of the current word

Option–Shift–Left Arrow

Extend the selection to the end of the current line

Shift–Command–Right Arrow

Extend the selection to the beginning of the current line

Shift–Command–Left Arrow

Extend the selection to the line above

Shift–Up Arrow

Extend the selection to the line below

Shift–Down Arrow

Extend the selection to the beginning of the current paragraph

Option–Shift–Up Arrow

Extend the selection to the end of the current paragraph

Option–Shift–Down Arrow

Extend the selection to the beginning of the text

Shift–Command–Up Arrow or Shift-Home

Extend the selection to the end of the text

Shift–Command–Down Arrow or Shift-End

Select a bullet and its text

Click the bullet

Move a bullet and its text, with its sub-bullets and text

Click the bullet and drag

Format text

Action

Shortcut

Show the Fonts window

Command-T

Show the Colors window

Shift-Command-C

Apply boldface to selected text

Command-B

Apply italic to selected text

Command-I

Apply underline to selected text

Command-U

Delete the previous character or selection

Delete

Delete the next character or selection

Forward Delete (not available on all keyboards)

Delete the word before the insertion point

Option-Delete

Delete the word after the insertion point

Option–Forward Delete (not available on all keyboards)

Delete the text between the insertion point and the next paragraph break

Control-K

Make the font size bigger

Command–Plus Sign (+)

Make the font size smaller

Command–Minus Sign (–)

Decrease the space between selected characters

Option–Command–Left Bracket ([)

Increase the space between selected characters

Option–Command–Right Bracket (])

Make the text superscript

Control–Shift–Command–Plus Sign (+)

Make the text subscript

Control–Command–Minus Sign (–)

Align the text flush left

Command–Left Brace ({)

Center the text

Command–Vertical Bar (|)

Align the text flush right

Command–Right Brace (})

Align the text flush left and flush right (justify)

Option–Command–Vertical Bar (|)

Decrease the indent level of a block of text or a list item

Command–Left Bracket ([)

Increase the indent level of a block of text or a list item

Command–Right Bracket (])

Decrease the indent level of a list item or headline

Shift-Tab

Increase the indent level of a list item or headline

Tab

Add a hyperlink to text

Command-K

Cut the selection

Command-X

Copy the selection

Command-C

Copy the paragraph style

Option-Command-C

Paste the selection

Command-V

Paste the paragraph style

Option-Command-V

Paste and match the style of the destination text

Option-Shift-Command-V

Add a range to (or remove it from) the selection

Shift-drag or Command-drag

Insert a nonbreaking space

Option–Space bar

Insert a line break (soft return)

Shift-Return

Insert a paragraph break

Return

Insert a new line after the insertion point

Control-O

Enter special characters

Control-Command-Space

Transpose the characters on either side of the insertion point

Control-T

Use editing tools

Action

Shortcut

Find

Command-F

Find next

Command-G

Find previous

Shift-Command-G

Place the selected text in the Find & Replace text field.

Command-E

Replace text

Return

Scroll the window to show the selected text or object

Command-J

Hide the Find window

Esc

Look up the word at the insertion point

Control-Command-D

Display a list of words to complete the selected word

Option-Esc

Check spelling and grammar

Command-Semicolon (;)

Show the “Spelling and Grammar” window

Shift-Command-Colon (:)

Add a comment

Shift-Command-K

Show the next comment

Option-Command-K

Show the previous comment

Option-Shift-Command-K

Manipulate objects

Action

Shortcut

Select all objects

Select one object then press Command-A

Deselect all objects

Select one object then press Shift-Command-A

Select objects by dragging

Drag from a blank part of the slide around objects. Option-drag to select objects outward from the starting point

Scroll zoom

For Magic Mouse or a trackpad. Option-Command-scroll

Add or remove objects from the selection

Command-drag

Select the next object on the slide

Tab

Select the previous object on the slide

Shift-Tab

Select or deselect additional objects

Command-click or Shift-click

Move selected objects

Drag

Move the selected object one point

Press an arrow key

Move the selected object ten points

Press Shift and an arrow key

Move the selected object one screen pixel

Press Option and an arrow key (for retina display only)

Move the selected object ten screen pixels

Press Option-Shift and an arrow key (for retina display only)

Copy the graphic style of text

Option-Command-C

Paste the graphic style of text

Option-Command-V

Send the selected object to the back

Shift-Command-B

Send the selected object one layer back

Option-Shift-Command-B

Bring the selected object to the front

Shift-Command-F

Bring the selected object one layer forward

Option-Shift-Command-F

Group selected objects

Option-Command-G

Ungroup selected objects

Option-Shift-Command-G

Select an object in a group

Double-click the object

Lock selected objects

Command-L

Unlock selected objects

Option-Command-L

Duplicate the object

Command-D or Option-drag

Constrain the movement of the object to 45°

Shift-drag

Resize the object

Drag a selection handle

Disable alignment guides while resizing

Command-drag

Resize the object from the center

Option-drag a selection handle

Constrain the aspect ratio when resizing the object

Shift-drag a selection handle

Constrain the aspect ratio when resizing the object from the center

Option-Shift-drag a selection handle

Rotate the object

Command-drag a selection handle

Rotate the object 45°

Press Shift while rotating

Rotate the object around the opposite handle (instead of the center)

Option-Command-drag a selection handle

Rotate the object 45° around the opposite handle (instead of the center)

Option-Shift-Command-drag a selection handle

Turn off alignment guides while moving an object

Command-drag

Mask or unmask the object

Shift-Command-M

Hide mask controls

Return, Enter, or double-click

Show mask controls

Double-click the masked image

Open the shortcut menu for the selected item

Control-click the item

Exit text editing and select the object

Command-Return

Define the object as a media placeholder

Control-Option-Command-I

Define the selected text as a text placeholder

Control-Option-Command-T

Work with tables

Action

Shortcut

Add a row above the selected cells

Option–Up Arrow

Add a row below the selected cells

Option–Down Arrow

Add a column to the right of the selected cells

Option–Right Arrow

Add a column to the left of the selected cells

Option–Left Arrow

Add or remove rows and columns with content

Option-drag the resize button

Insert a row at the bottom of the table

Select a cell in the bottom row then press Option-Return

Insert a column on the right of the table

Select a cell in the right most column then press Tab

Select an entire row or column

Click the table, then click the lettered bar for the column or the numbered bar for the row

Select additional rows

Shift–Up Arrow or Shift–Down Arrow

Select additional columns

Shift–Right Arrow or Shift–Left Arrow

Select additional cells

Shift-click

Select only body cells in a row or column

Double-click the lettered bar for the column or the numbered bar for the row

Move the cell selection to the beginning of the next row

Select a cell in the right most column then press Tab

Stop the reordering of rows or columns

Press Esc while dragging

Select all content in a table

Command-A

Delete the selected table, or the contents of selected cells

Delete

Constrain the movement of the table and snap to guides

Shift-drag the table

Replace the contents of the selected cell with the contents of the destination cell

Drag the selected cell to another cell

Copy the contents of the selected cell into the destination cell

Option-drag the selected cell to another cell

Copy cell style

Option-Command-C

Paste cell style

Option-Command-V

Paste and preserve the style of the destination cell

Control-Shift-Command-V

Select a cell

Click a cell in a selected table (double-click a cell in an unselected table)

Edit a cell

Select a cell, then press Return.

Highlight the row and column for a cell

Press Option as you hover over a cell

Open a pop-up menu in a selected cell

Space bar

Add a cell to (or remove it from) the selection

Command-click a selected or unselected cell

Auto align cell content

Option-Command-U

Stop editing the cell and select the cell

Command-Return

Stop editing the cell and select the table

Command-Return twice

Move the selected table one point

Press an arrow key

Move the selected table ten points

Press Shift and an arrow key

Resize all columns in a table proportionately

Select the table, then Control-drag a resize handle

Select the next cell or, if the last cell is selected, add a new row

Tab

Select the previous cell

Shift-Tab

Select the cell below

Return

Select the cell above

Shift-Return

Select the cell to the left, right, up, or down

Press an arrow key (from a selected cell)

Extend the cell selection by one cell

Press Shift and an arrow key (from a selected cell)

Select the parent of the current selection

Command-Return

Insert a tab when editing text or a formula

Option-Tab

Insert a line break (soft return) when editing text in a cell

Control-Return

Insert a paragraph break (hard return) when editing text in a cell

Return

Open the Formula Editor for the selected nonformula cell

Equal Sign (=)

Open the Formula Editor for the cell containing a formula or formatted number

Double-click or Option-Return

Paste formula results

Shift-Command-V

In the Formula Editor, save changes

Return or Tab

In the Formula Editor, discard changes

Esc (Escape)

Edit chart data

Action

Shortcut

Show or hide the Chart Data Editor

Shift-Command-D

Complete a cell entry and move the selection down

Return

Complete a cell entry and move the selection up

Shift-Return

Complete a cell entry and move the selection to the right

Tab

Create cell references in formulas

Action

Shortcut

Navigate to and select a single cell

Press Option and an arrow key

Extend or shrink a selected cell reference

Press Option-Shift and an arrow key

Navigate to the first or last nonheader cell in a row or column

Press Option-Command and an arrow key

Insert a line break

Option-Return

Insert a tab

Option-Tab

Specify absolute and relative attributes of selected cell references

Press Command-K or Shift-Command-K to move forward or backward through options

Specify absolute and relative attributes of the first and last cells of selected cell references

Press Option-Command-K or Option-Shift-Command-K to move forward or backward through options

General

Action

Shortcut

Start dictation

Press Fn twice

Open a new presentation

Command-N

Choose a theme and create a new presentation

Enter

Open an existing presentation

Command-O

Close the theme chooser

Esc

Save a presentation

Command-S

Save as

Option-Shift-Command-S

Duplicate a presentation

Shift-Command-S

Print a presentation

Command-P

Open Keynote Help

Command–Shift–Question Mark (?)

Close a window

Command-W

Close all windows

Option-Command-W

Minimize a window

Command-M

Minimize all windows

Option-Command-M

Enter full-screen view

Command-Control-F

Zoom in

Command–Right Angle Bracket (>)

Zoom out

Command–Left Angle Bracket (<)

Show the Preferences window

Command-Comma (,)

Zoom to selection

Shift-Command-0

Return to actual size

Command-0

Show the presentation rulers

Command-R

Choose a file to insert

Shift-Command-V

Show the Colors window

Command-Shift-C

Hide or show the toolbar

Command-Option-T

Rearrange an item in the toolbar

Command-drag

Remove an item from the toolbar

Command-drag away from the toolbar

Hide or show inspector sidebars

Option-Command-I

Open the next tab in the sidebar

Control-Grave (`)

Open the previous tab in the sidebar

Shift-Control-Grave (`)

Hide Keynote

Command-H

Hide other windows

Command-Option-H

Undo the last action

Command-Z

Redo the last action

Command-Shift-Z

Quit Keynote

Command-Q

Quit Keynote and keep windows open

Option-Command-Q

Work with editable shapes

Action

Shortcut

Make a custom shape editable

Double-click the edge of the shape

Draw a custom shape with the Pen tool

Option-Shift-Command-P

Move a point of an editable shape

Drag the point to another location

Delete a point of an editable shape

Click the point and press Delete

Add a sharp point to an editable shape

Command-drag the midpoint of a line

Add a smooth point to an editable shape

Drag the midpoint of a line

Add a Bézier point to an editable shape

Option-drag the midpoint of a line

Change a curve point of an editable shape into a corner point

Double-click the curved point

Reshape the curve of a smooth point

Drag the line adjacent to the smooth point

Reshape the curve of a Bézier point

Click a Bézier point and drag the control

Use Navigator view

Action

Shortcut

Create a new slide at same level as last selected slide

Return or Shift-Command-N

Indent selected Slides to the right

Tab

Move indented Slides to the left

Shift-Tab

Select multiple Slides

Shift-Drag

Extend or decrease the slide selection

Shift-click

Add (or remove) a single discontiguous slide from the selection

Command-click

Use the default master to create a new slide after the selected slide

Option-click the Add Slide button in the toolbar

Duplicate a slide

Command-D

Delete selected Slides

Delete

Move to the next slide

Down Arrow

Move to the previous slide

Up Arrow

Expand a slide group

Right Arrow

Collapse a slide group

Left Arrow

Skip a slide so it doesn’t show in a presentation

Shift-Command-H

Use Light Table view

Action

Shortcut

Move to the next slide

Right arrow

Move to the previous slide

Left Arrow

Extend the selection to the next slide

Shift–Right arrow

Extend the selection to the previous slide

Shift–Left Arrow

Extend the selection to the first slide

Shift–Command–Up Arrow

Extend the selection to the last slide

Shift–Command–Down Arrow

Select the first slide

Command–Up Arrow

Select the last slide

Command–Down Arrow

Play a presentation and use the presenter mode

Action

Shortcut

Play a presentation

Option-Command-P

Play a presentation beginning with the first slide

Option-click the Play button in the toolbar

Advance to the next slide or build

Right Arrow or Down Arrow

Go to previous slide

Left Arrow or Up Arrow

Advance to the next build or slide without animation

Shift-Right Arrow

Advance to the next slide without builds and animations

Shift–Down Arrow or Shift–Page Down

Go back to previous build

Shift–Left Arrow or Shift–Page Up

Go back through previously viewed Slides

Z

Pause the presentation

F

Pause the presentation and show a black screen

B

Pause the presentation and show a white screen

W

Show or hide the pointer

C

Display the slide number

S

Open the slide switcher

Press a slide number

Go to the next slide in the slide switcher

Plus Sign (+)

Go to the previous slide in the slide switcher

Minus Sign (-)

Go to the current slide and close the slide switcher

Return

Close the slide switcher

Esc

Switch the primary and presenter displays

X

Reset timer

R

Scroll the presenter notes up

U

Scroll the presenter notes down

D

Increase note font size

Command–Plus Sign

Decrease note font size

Command–Minus Sign

Quit presentation mode

Esc or Q

Hide the presentation and switch to last app used

H

Show or hide keyboard shortcuts

Question Mark (?) or Forward Slash (/)

Go to first slide

home

Go to last slide

end

Play a movie

Action

Shortcut

Pause or play the movie

K

Rewind the movie (by frame, if it’s paused)

J

Fast forward the movie (by frame, if it’s paused)

L

Jump to the beginning of the movie

L

Jump to the end of the movie

O

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