Use an external keyboard with PowerPoint on iPad

Using an external keyboard with your iPad allows you to take advantage of keyboard shortcuts you’re familiar with if you are also using PowerPoint on a Mac or Windows computer.

For example, on your Windows computer, to paste text into an Office document, you’d press CONTROL + V, but on the iPad, you’d press Apple Cmd Symbol + V. The shortcuts listed in this article are the only ones that will work in this version of PowerPoint.

Editing and formatting the presentation

To Press
Undo the last action Apple Cmd Symbol + Z
Repeat the last action SHIFT + Apple Cmd Symbol + Z
Cut the selected content (and copy to the Clipboard) Apple Cmd Symbol +X
Copy the selected content to the Clipboard Apple Cmd Symbol + C
Paste copied or cut content Apple Cmd Symbol + V
Select all Apple Cmd Symbol + A
Bold selected content Apple Cmd Symbol + B
Italicize selected content Apple Cmd Symbol + I
Underline selected content Apple Cmd Symbol + U

Navigating within a text box

To Press
Select text SHIFT + LEFT/RIGHT ARROW or SHIFT + UP/DOWN ARROW
Move cursor right by one word OPTION + RIGHT ARROW
Move cursor left by one word OPTION + LEFT ARROW
Move cursor to beginning of the text box Apple Cmd Symbol + UP ARROW
Move cursor to end of the text box Apple Cmd Symbol + DOWN ARROW
Move cursor to the beginning of the current line Apple Cmd Symbol + LEFT ARROW
Move cursor to the end of the current line Apple Cmd Symbol + RIGHT ARROW
Select word to the left SHIFT + OPTION + LEFT ARROW
Select word to the right SHIFT + OPTION + RIGHT ARROW
Select from current position to beginning of the document SHIFT + Apple Cmd Symbol + UP ARROW
Select from current position to end of the document SHIFT + Apple Cmd Symbol + DOWN ARROW
Select from current position to beginning of the line SHIFT + Apple Cmd Symbol + LEFT ARROW
Select from current position to end of the line SHIFT + Apple Cmd Symbol + RIGHT ARROW
 
 
Applies to:
PowerPoint for iPad