iWork Support: Keynote Pages

Keynote Keyboard Shortcuts

You can use your keyboard to quickly accomplish many tasks in Keynote. To find the shortcuts for common commands, look in the menus (or see the menu shortcuts below). To do an action, press the keys indicated below.

Manipulating objects

Action Shortcut
Select the next object on the canvas Tab
Select the previous object on the canvas Shift-Tab
Move selected object by one pixel Arrow keys
Move selected object by ten pixels Shift-arrow key
Add objects to (or remove them from) previously selected objects Shift-click or Command-click
Add range to (or remove it from) previously selected range Shift-drag or Command-drag
Constrain movement of object to 45º angles Shift-drag
Resize object Drag handle
Resize object from center Option-drag handle
Constrain aspect ratio when resizing object Shift-drag handle
Constrain aspect ratio when resizing object from center Option-Shift-drag handle
Rotate object Command-drag handle
Rotate object 45º Command-Shift-drag handle
Rotate object around opposite handle (instead of center) Command-Option-drag handle
Rotate object 45º around opposite handle (instead of center) Shift-Command-Option-drag handle
Turn off alignment guides Command-drag
Open shortcut menu for selected object Control-click
Exit text edit mode and select object Command-Return
Mask or unmask image Shift-Command-M
Exit mask mode Return, Enter, Command-Return, or double-click
Reenter mask mode Double-click masked image
Duplicate selected object Command-D or hold down Option and drag
Send object to the back Shift-Command-B
Send object one layer back Option-Shift-Command-B
Bring object to the front Shift-Command-F
Bring object one layer forward Option-Shift-Command-F
Group objects Option-Command-G
Ungroup objects Option-Shift-Command-G
Lock objects Command-L
Unlock objects Option-Command-L

Editing text

Select a word Double-click in the word
Select a paragraph Triple-click in the paragraph
Extend text selection Click in the text, then Shift-click in another location in the text
Move one character to the right Right Arrow
Move one character to the left Left Arrow
Extend selection one character to the right Shift-Right Arrow
Extend selection one character to the left Shift-Left Arrow
Move to end of current or next word Option-Right Arrow
Move to beginning of current or previous word Option-Left Arrow
Extend selection to end of current word Shift-Option-Right Arrow
Extend selection to beginning of current word Shift-Option-Left Arrow
Move to end of current line Command-Right Arrow
Move to beginning of current line Command-Left Arrow
Extend selection to end of current line Shift-Command-Right Arrow
Extend selection to beginning of current line Shift-Command-Left Arrow
Move to the line above Up Arrow
Move to the line below Down Arrow
Extend selection to the line above Shift-Up Arrow
Extend selection to the line below Shift-Down Arrow
Move to beginning of current paragraph Option-Up Arrow
Move to end of current paragraph Option-Down Arrow
Extend selection to beginning of current paragraph Shift-Option-Up Arrow
Extend selection to end of current paragraph Shift-Option-Down Arrow
Move to beginning of text Command-Up Arrow
Move to end of text Command-Down Arrow
Extend selection to beginning of text Shift-Command-Up Arrow
Extend selection to end of text Shift-Command-Down Arrow
Delete previous character or selection Delete
Delete next character or selection Fwd Del (Del key); not available on all keyboards
Delete the part of the word to the left of the insertion point Option-Delete
Delete the part of the word to the right of the insertion point Option-Forward Delete
Copy paragraph style Option-Command-C
Paste paragraph style Option-Command-V
Make font size bigger Command–Plus sign (+) or Command-Equal sign (=)
Make font size smaller Command-Minus sign (-)
Indent bullet Tab
Move indented bullet to the left Shift-Tab
Insert tab Option-Tab
Insert line break (soft return) Shift-Return
Insert paragraph break in body text without adding a bullet Option-Return
Scroll to top of canvas (in text edit mode) Home
Scroll to bottom of canvas (in text edit mode) End
Stop editing text and select the text box or shape Command-Return
Select text bullet and text Click bullet
Move bullet and text, with all subbullets and text Select bullet and drag

Playing a slideshow

* To use keys without having to press Shift, turn on Caps Lock.
Play slideshow Option-Command-P or click the Play button in the toolbar
Play slideshow from the beginning Option-click the Play button in the toolbar
Go to next build Click, N, Space bar, Return, Page Down, Right Arrow, Down Arrow, or Shift-Right Arrow*
Go back to previous build Shift-Left Arrow*, Shift-Page Up*, or [ (left bracket)
Go to next slide Shift-Down Arrow*, Shift-Page Down*, or ] (right bracket)
Go back to previous slide P, Delete, Page Up, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Shift-Up Arrow*
Go to first slide Home
Go to last slide End
Go back through previously viewed slides Z
Hide presentation and show last application used H
Pause presentation and show current slide (freeze) F (to resume, press any key)
Pause presentation and show black screen B (to resume, press any key)
Pause presentation and show white screen W
Show or hide the pointer C
Go to a particular slide in the slide switcher Type slide number
Go to the next slide in the slide switcher Plus sign (+) or Equal sign (=)
Go to the previous slide in the slide switcher Minus sign (-)
Go to the current slide and close the slide switcher Return, Enter
Close the slide switcher Escape
Reset the timer in the presenter display R
Scroll notes up in the presenter display U
Scroll notes down in the presenter display D
Switch the primary and presenter display X
Quit presentation Escape, Q, Command-. (period), or . (period)
Movies
Rewind movie (by frame if paused) J (hold down)
Pause or play movie K
Fast-forward movie (by frame if paused) L (hold down)
Jump to beginning of movie I
Jump to end of movie O

Using the slide organizer

Create new slide at same level as last selected slide Return, Enter
Indent slides to the right Tab
Move indented slides to the left Shift-Tab
Extend selection to the selected slide Shift-click
Add the selected range to previously selected slides Shift-drag
Add (or remove) selected slide to previously selected slides Command-click or Shift-click
Add (or remove) selected range to previously selected slides Command-drag
Duplicate slide Command-D or Option-drag slide
Select next slide Down Arrow
Extend selection to the next slide Shift-Down Arrow
Select last slide Command-Down Arrow
Extend selection to the last slide Shift-Command-Down Arrow
Select previous slide Up Arrow
Extend selection to previous slide Shift-Up Arrow
Select first slide Command-Up Arrow
Extend selection to first slide Shift-Command-Up Arrow
Delete selected slides Delete
Move to next slide Down Arrow
Move to previous slide Up Arrow
Scroll to first slide (in the slide organizer or light table view) Home
Scroll to last slide (in the slide organizer or light table view) End
Move to first slide (in the slide organizer or light table view) Command–Up Arrow
Move to last slide (in the slide organizer or light table view) Command–Down Arrow
Move to previous slide (while focus is on the slide canvas) Page Up
Move to next slide (while focus is on the slide canvas) Page Down, Control-V

Editing shapes

Make a custom shape editable Click the shape, then click it again
Move a point of an editable shape Click a point and drag it to another location
Delete a point of an editable shape Click a point and press the Delete key
Add a point to an editable shape Option-click the shape border where you want to add a point
Change a corner point of an editable shape into a curved point Double-click the corner point
Change a curved point of an editable shape into a corner point Double-click the curved point
Reshape the curve of an editable shape Click a point on the curve and move the control handles

Editing chart data

Show or hide 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
Complete a cell entry and move the selection to the left Shift-Tab
Move one character left, right, to the beginning of text (up), or to the end of text (down) Arrow keys (in text edit mode)
Complete a cell entry and select the cell Enter
Move one cell in a given direction Arrow keys (in cell selection mode)
Move to the beginning of the row Home
Move to the last nonblank cell at the end of the current row End
Extend the selection by one cell Shift-arrow keys
Extend the selection to the beginning of the row Shift-Home
Extend the selection to the end of the row Shift-End

Working with tables

Delete selected table, border, or border segment, or contents of selected cells Delete
Constrain the movement of the table and snap to guides Shift-drag table
Duplicate table on move Hold down Option and drag
Switch contents of selected cell with contents of another cell Drag selected cell to another cell
Select cell Click cell of selected table or double-click cell of unselected table
Copy contents of selected cell into another cell Option-drag selected cell to another cell
Extend selection from selected cell to destination cell Shift-click in destination cell
Add cell to (or remove cell from) selection Command-click selected or unselected cell
Enter text edit mode Return or Enter (in cell-selection mode)
Stop editing text and select cell Command-Return or Command-click cell (in text edit mode)
Select border Click border of selected table or double-click border of unselected table
Add border to (or remove border from) selection Shift-click border
Select border segment Option-click border segment, or Option–double-click border segment if table is unselected
Add border segment to (or remove segment from) selection Shift-Option-click border segment or Command-Option-click border segment
Move border or border segment to new position Drag selected border or border segment
Move selected table, border, or border segment one pixel Arrow key
Move selected table, border, or border segment ten pixels Shift-arrow key
Select the next table cell to the left, right, up, or down Arrow keys (in cell selection mode)
Extend cell selection by one cell Shift-arrow keys (in cell selection mode)
Select text in next cell (or, if in last cell, add new row) Tab
Select text in previous cell Shift-Tab
Stop editing cell and select the table Command-Return (in cell selection mode)
Insert a Tab at insertion point in the selected cell Option-Tab (in text edit mode)
Create a table by dragging Option-click Table in the toolbar, then drag to resize the table (continue holding down the Option key to size the table from its center)
Open table formatting menu for selected table or cells Control-click table
Formula shortcuts
Open Formula Editor for selected nonformula cell =
Open Formula Editor for cell containing formula or formatted number =, Return, Enter, or double-click
In Formula Editor, save changes Return or Enter, or click Accept button
In Formula Editor, discard changes Escape, or click Cancel button

General

Show the Font window Click Fonts in the toolbar or Command-T
Show the Colors window Click Colors in the toolbar or Shift-Command-C
Show the Inspector window Click Inspector in the toolbar or Option-Command-I
Show rulers Command-R
Zoom in or out Click the zoom button (bottom left of slide window) or
Command-> (zoom in), Command-< (zoom out)
Open Keynote help Command-?