I am giving my first presentation with Mathematica, and am having trouble figuring out how to advance the slides from my laptop keyboard. In most other environments, some pair of the arrow keys works. I have tried the alt-PageDn combination, but no luck.

I am running Mavericks on a 2014 MacBook Pro. Is there any way to re-assign key combinations? I hate relying on the top toolbar to advance slides. Related to this, is there any way to re-position the slide tool bar to the bottom of the slides?


  • $\begingroup$ Seems to be answered here:mathematica.stackexchange.com/questions/10733/… $\endgroup$
    – Igor Rivin
    Commented Oct 7, 2014 at 20:54
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. I saw this but was hoping that there was a way to do this without keyboard re-mapping outside of Mathematica. $\endgroup$
    – GraphMan
    Commented Oct 9, 2014 at 21:30

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As listed here, using page up and page down without pressing ⌥ Option (alt) on a 2012 iMac attached to the Apple keyboard works with a demo presentation (once you enter SlideShow view). On a MacBook keyboard, this would be fn+ or fn+ (note that page up and page down are not equivalent to alt+ and alt+).

I haven't worked out a way to bind the StartPresentation command to a shortcut, but this question seems like it might have some good suggestions.

I found this answer, which can get you into the SlideShow view environment, and from there you just have to jump to full screen (⌃ Ctrl+⌘ Cmd+F). If you want to set that up on OS X, something like KeyboardMaestro or BetterTouchTool would probably do the trick, especially if you're using a wireless mouse or presentation remote. Disclaimer: While I use BTT on a daily basis (it's free and does all the things I require), I have never used KM. I have heard nothing but good things about it.


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