15 Keynote Keyboard Shortcuts for iPad

Jun 4, 2024 - Leave a Comment

Keynote for iPad keyboard shortcuts

The Keynote presentation app for iPad has a variety of handy keyboard shortcuts available to it that are only accessible when the iPad is connected to a physical keyboard. If you’re a regular Keynote for iPad user, and you have either a Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard, keyboard case, or other external keyboard connected to the iPad, you’ll be sure to appreciate learning these helpful keystrokes for using iPad with the Keynote app.

From the basics like creating a new presentation and new slides, to duplicating slides, finding information, starting slideshows, showing transitions, navigating within the presentation, and much more, read along and you’ll learn a variety of handy keyboard shortcuts for the Keynote app on iPad.

16 Keyboard Shortcuts for Keynote on iPad

  • Create New Presentation – Command N
  • Open Presentation / Go to Presentations – Command O
  • New Slide – Shift Command N
  • Edit Master Slide – Shift Command E
  • Duplicate – Command D
  • Find – Command F
  • Add Comment – Shift Command K
  • Play Slideshow – Option Command P
  • Show Transitions and Builds – Option Command A
  • Show Presenter Notes – Shift Command P
  • Show Light Table – Shift Command L
  • Copy – Command C
  • Paste – Command V
  • Cut – Command X
  • Navigate Presentation – Arrow Keys (left, up, right, down)
  • Close Keynote and go to iPad Home Screen – Command H

Remember, you can also see a quick overview cheatsheet of many Keynote keyboard shortcuts directly within the Keynote app on iPad by holding down the Command key on an external keyboard.

Keynote for iPad

The copy, cut, and paste commands are the same for every iPad app, and are also the same on a Mac too. In fact many of the Keynote keystrokes are also the same on Keynote for iPad as they are on Keynote for Mac, so if you use both platforms you’ll find there’s a lot of commonality between the two.

Of course Keynote is not the only app with many keyboard shortcuts available to it when the iPad is connected to a physical keyboard or keyboard case, and we’ve covered other apps with handy keystrokes available including Pages, Notes, Files, Chrome, using the Escape key if it doesn’t exist on the keyboard, and many others too.

Having a physical keyboard connected to iPad unlocks many keyboard shortcuts in many different apps, and for many users it makes typing easier on iPad too. Whether you’re going with an iPad keyboard case or using iPad on a stand with a keyboard as a simple desk setup, connecting a keyboard to your iPad setup is a handy addition.

If you know of any other handy Keynote for iPad tips, tricks, keystrokes, or other helpful information, share with us in the comments below!


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, Tips & Tricks

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