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Keyboard shortcuts to switch applications

Updated: Jun 3, 2021

In this article, I cover the keyboard shortcuts that will help you to switch applications in Windows, Mac and Chromebook. This supports the YouTube video I created recently on how to view your notes privately when presenting PowerPoint in a Microsoft Teams meeting.

When you start your presentation in PowerPoint it will go full screen and it is difficult to go to Microsoft Teams without ending your presentation, which you will need to keep running in order to correctly share it in the Teams meeting. The keyboard shortcuts below will get you back to Microsoft Teams or any other application you wish to access.

Windows keyboard shortcut to switch applications

Press the Windows key on your keyboard, this will open the start menu and show the taskbar. Alternatively, you can press Alt and Tab to cycle through the applications you have open.

Mac keyboard shortcut to switch applications

Similar to Windows, you can press Command and Tab to switch applications.

Chromebook keyboard shortcut to switch applications

Press the Function Key above the number 6 and select the application


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