In particular, I like using Ctrl+Shift+C and Ctrl+Shift+V to copy and paste formatting between objects. (Despite the likeness to the shortcuts for Copy and Paste, you don’t need to worry about affecting what might be in the clipboard. And unlike the Format Painter, you get to choose which clicked objects get formatted, so you can work on other aspects of your course and then still format objects later on.)
Here are 3 more handy shortcuts that aren’t listed above (and which work the same in PowerPoint), plus a 4th that’s only in the longer of those 2 lists (and which differs in PowerPoint). They’re all for use in Normal view:
|Purpose||Equivalent in PowerPoint|
|Tab||Select objects in turn
(Shift+Tab for reverse order)
|Open context menu for selected object (Like right-clicking)||Same|
|Double-click object||Open object’s tab on ribbon
(Typically Format tab)
|Ctrl+Shift+Enter||Open Size and Position dialog box for selected object||Menu key Z
(or Shift+F10 Z)
I can’t do without those 4, but for now, there’s 1 shortcut I have to do without in Storyline: I’d love to just press the Up and Down arrows (or Page Up and Page Down) in Normal view to move between slides, like you can in PowerPoint.
But sadly in Storyline version 1, you can’t. So I really hope Articulate adds that to the next Storyline release, because it’s such a hugely helpful time-saver!
In fact according to stats on American Express’s OPEN Forum website, keyboard shortcuts save you on average 2 seconds per minute of work. That adds up to a hefty 8 days per year. Sounds to me like a pretty good argument for using more shortcuts!
What killer shortcuts do you use (or would you like added) to Storyline or PowerPoint?
Share your thoughts in the comments.
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