Shortcuts for easy navigating in the Reading view and in Slide Show view

PowerPoint 365
When you work with your PowerPoint presentation in the Reading view or in the Slide Show view, it is better to navigate between slides using shortcuts.

Reading view is useful when you would like to see your presentation like it will be shown in the Slide Show view, but the Reading view allows to see the presentation in the current sized window (not a full screen). The options you have for advancing through this view are almost identical to the options you have when viewing the presentation in Slide Show view.

To run the Reading view of your presentation, do one of the following:

  • On the View tab, in the Presentation Views group, click the Reading View button:
Presentation Views group in PowerPoint 2016
  • Click the Reading View button in the status bar:
Status bar in PowerPoint 2016

You will see your presentation in the Reading view:

Reading view in PowerPoint 2016

To navigate between slides (like in the Slide Show view), you can use:

  • Navigation bar:
Navigation in Reading view PowerPoint 2016
  • Shortcuts:
    • Go to the next slide – just click N
    • Go to the previous slide – just click P

To close the Reading view, do one of the following:

  • Just click Esc,
  • Select End Show in the Menu of the Reading view navigation bar:
Navigation menu in Reading view PowerPoint 2016

See also this tip in French: Raccourcis facilitant la navigation dans les affichages Lecture et Diaporama.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to ask OfficeToolTips team.

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