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OpenOffice Impress User Guide
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Other shortcut keys for Impress

Shortcut Keys


Arrow key

Move the selected object or the page view in the direction of the arrow.

Ctrl+Arrow key

Move around in the page view.


Constrains the movement of the selected object horizontally or vertically.

Ctrl+drag (with Copy when moving option active)

Hold down Ctrl and drag an object to create a copy of the object.

Alt key

Hold down Alt to draw or resize objects by dragging from the centre of the object outward.


Select the object behind the currently selected object.


Select the object in front of the currently selected object.


Select adjacent items or a text passage. Click at the start of a selection, move to the end of the selection, and then hold down Shift while you click.

Shift+drag (when resizing)

Hold down Shift while dragging to resize an object to maintain the proportions of the object.


Select objects in the order in which they were created.


Select objects in the reverse order in which they were created.


Exit current mode.


Activate a place-holder object in a new presentation (only if the frame is selected).


Moves to the next text object on the slide.

If there are no text objects on the slide, or if you reached the last text object, a new slide is inserted after the current slide. The new slide uses the same layout as the current slide.

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