IMG Quickie: Get control of your PowerPoint presentations.

PowerpointThere are so many ways to control the movement between slides in PowerPoint. We can use the Enter key, our mouse or touch pad (to click or scroll), or we can use the arrow keys on our keyboard. I prefer to use the arrow keys as they a reliable, and if you make a mistake by skipping a slide, you can easily press the left arrow to backtrack.

The method I see people use most often is to click using either a mouse or a touch pad. This is an obvious choice for many as the buttons are big and easy to find. The only problem with this method, is that if you skip a slide, it is natural to try a right click to backtrack. Instead of PowerPoint moving back one slide, you get an ugly context menu as shown above. Not only is this menu fairly useless, it is distracting, and it destroys the flow of the presentation. I see this context menu show up in so many presentations. It is a gripe of mine so I looked to see if it was possible to make the right click step back.

Both PowerPoint 2003 and 2007 have the option to disable the context menu. You can change a setting to make your right click move the presentation back one slide.

Go into your PowerPoint settings.
If you are using PowerPoint 2003, look in the view tab
If you are using PowerPoint 2007, click on advanced
Untick “Show menu on right mouse click”

I don’t know why this isn’t the default setting.

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