Missing the McKinsey PowerPoint Shortcuts?


Are you a McKinsey Alumni who misses the McKinsey PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts? PPT Productivity is a timesaving plug-in for PowerPoint. There are 100+ features, including a preconfigured set of PowerPoint Shortcut keys to match the McKinsey Shortcuts.

The McKinsey aligned PowerPoint shortcuts is a variation of PPT Productivity's customizable PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts feature. Some McKinsey alumni customers asked if we could offer a preconfigured set of shortcut keys to align to the shortcuts from the Marvin PowerPoint Tools add-in at McKinsey (keyboard shortcut muscle memory!). 

Some of the 70 pre-assigned McKinsey aligned shortcut keys in PPT Productivity...

  • Shortcut CTRL + ALT + LEFT for alignment to leftmost point of first object
  • Shortcut CTRL + ALT + RIGHT for alignment to rightmost point of first object
  • Shortcut CTRL + ALT + UP for alignment to top of first object selected
  • Shortcut CTRL + ALT + DOWN for alignment to bottom of first object selected
  • Shortcut SHIFT + ALT + H for evenly distributing selected objects horizontally
  • Shortcut CTRL + ALT + P to swap position of two selected objects
  • Shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + 1​ to email selected slides in PowerPoint format
  • Shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + 2 to email selected slides in pdf format
  • Shortcut CTRL + ALT + 1 to Color Bold text (or use the feature button)

You also have the option to add shortcuts for another ~700 PowerPoint functions. Or you can change any of the existing shortcuts to suit your preferences.

Video showing PPT Productivity's McKinsey aligned PowerPoint shortcut keys

How to enable the McKinsey PowerPoint Shortcut Keys

To use the McKinsey keyboard shortcuts, make sure you're running the latest version of PPT Productivity (Go to the Help menu on the PPT Productivity tab, and ‘Check for new software’). Then:

  • Go to Settings/ Keyboard Shortcuts on the PPT Productivity Ribbon in PowerPoint.
  • In the 'Load preset shortcut keys' drop down box select ‘McKinsey Shortcut Keys’, and press OK.
  • That's it! To view a list of the shortcut keys available, use the Shortcut Keys menu on the PPT Productivity ribbon and select 'Generate my Shortcut Keys guide'.

More PPT Productivity Features for McKinsey Alums

PPT Productivity was built by consultants, for consultants. Here's a few other features of our PowerPoint add-in that McKinsey alumni customers love:

  • Box tables: PPT Productivity's PowerPoint Box tables feature lets you decompose a table into boxes or group a box table into a standard PowerPoint table.
  • Slide Library: Save slides or elements in the Slide Library and easily reuse them from the Slide Library Toolbar, which displays to the right of screen
  • Slide Library/ downloadable elements: The slide library also has 2000+ items you can download and use including org chart templates, slide layouts, flags, maps, strategy frameworks, arrows and more.
  • Embed Harvey Balls and Status indicators in Tables: Now you can add Harvey Balls or Status indicators to PowerPoint tables. The balls and indicators embed in the tables for easy formatting and alignment
  • Color bold text: The color bold text in PowerPoint feature lets you click to color bolded text on a PowerPoint slide. Or select multiple slides to recolor in a single click (the feature avoids slide titles). The bold text defaults to your template color, with the option to change it to another preferred color!

Here's a quick overview video of some of the features:

New Agenda Wizard for PowerPoint feature coming July 2022

PPT Productivity's Agenda Wizard for PowerPoint feature combines the meeting details slide features (you probably used overnight production services to make these!) as well as Table of Contents and Divider slides. You can use PowerPoint sections or not and it's "Partner-proof" - if someone moves the sections of the document around, you can update the agenda and divider slides with a quick sync!

Agenda Wizard release has been delayed slightly, it was originally expected earlier in 2022 but now due in July. The Agenda Wizard will be released to new and existing PPT Productivity Power Tools users.

McKinsey VIP Extended PPT Productivity Trial Offer

We offer McKinsey alumni an extended 60 day free trial. To access the extended trial offer, download the 30 day trial and register using your current work email address, then contact us to request the McKinsey VIP offer. Our team will verify your alumni status via LinkedIn and add the bonus month to your trial.

Can I use McKinsey PowerPoint Shortcut keys on a Mac?

The team are working on a version for PowerPoint for Mac. But in the interim, PPT Productivity runs on Macs if you use a virtual PC solution like Parallels Desktop for Mac. Learn more about using Parallels Desktop for Mac.

Other Consulting Firm Alumni Shortcut Key Information

If you’re an alumni from another consulting firm, contact us if you'd like us to add other preconfigured sets of consultant shortcut keys to our roadmap!  Keen to choose your own shortcuts? PPT Productivity's Customizable Shortcut keys feature lets you select your preferred shortcut keys for Standard PowerPoint and PPT Productivity features (the difference here is we've set up a configuration option for McKinsey alums based on user demand).  Check out an overview of the Customizable PowerPoint shortcut keys feature for more information. 

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