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How to go back a slide using a wireless mouse and Microsoft Powerpoint®

Powerpoint presentation tip

Most presenters find it necessary to go backward a slide or two during their presentations. When using a wireless mouse and Microsoft PowerPoint versions previous to Windows 95 Version 7.0, it was as easy as clicking the alternate, or right mouse button. However, in PowerPoint 7.0 and later, this feature seems to missing. The key is that it only appears to be missing. In the newer versions of PowerPoint, the default setting for the right mouse button is to display a “pop-up” menu. The good news is, this feature can easily be disabled and the right mouse button can again be used to go backward a slide in your presentations. To accomplish this in PowerPoint 7.0 or PowerPoint 97 run the program and follow these simple steps:

    1. Select Tools from the Main Menu
    2. Select Options under the Tools menu
    3. Click on the View tab
    4. Locate the Slide Show section
    5. De-select (un-check) Popup Menu on Right Mouse Click

That's all there is to it. From now on your right mouse button will back up the presentation one slide per click. If you're concerned about losing the features on the pop-up menu, don't! By moving the mouse pointer a button will appear in the lower left corner of the screen that you can click on to access the pop-up menu. By the way, that feature can also be disabled in the same area of the Tools menu.

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