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This tip is almost unknown, ridiculously simple, and makes a big difference to your PowerPoint credibility.

Why you want this tip in your toolkit

We've all been through this. The presenter reaches slide 37 and someone in the audience says, "Can we see that sales graph again...? I think it was the second slide."

Now what happens? Half the audience drops to their knees to pray, but the presenter does it to them anyway - grinding back through every intervening slide looking for that sales graph. Bad enough... but if there are also animations to work through, then the audience starts chewing tranquilisers.

Warp jump straight to a particular slide

You won't believe how easy the answer is.

  1. First, keep a record of slide numbers and topics.
  2. Now, in the middle of the presentation, find the number of the slide you want, then press that number on the keyboard and press Enter. In the above example, press 2, then Enter.
  3. To return, press 37, then enter.

Yes, it's that simple. Like entering a space portal, PowerPoint takes you right there without the usual disorienting visual rubbish in between.

And you'll look as if you know what you're doing. It's one step closer to being master of the technology rather than slave.

One extra advantage of this tip

If you're in the middle of a set of animations on slide 37, then go to slide 2, then return to 37, PowerPoint remembers which animation you were on and will automatically put you back in the right place. Very nice, very smooth.

For more along similar lines, see PowerPoint tip 3.


About Michael Brown

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Michael is a senior trainer with Skillset, based in Christchurch.

He is a leading authority on training in presentation and news media skills in New Zealand. He has special expertise in how to present emotionally-charged topics to challenging audiences. Michael has trained thousands of New Zealanders and worked with people who speak on behalf of some of the country's largest organisations.

Michael is a prolific author and his books on speaking and working with the media are in their fourth editions.

Speaking Easy: how to speak to your audiences with confidence and authority

Media Easy: how to handle the news media with confidence and authority

One of Michael's books is about his family's adventures sailing in the Pacific.

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