I defined a tab stop in the ruler

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And I would like to enter a tab character to move the cursor to the tab stop.

With older versions it was possible to enter special characters with insert symbol but I don't find the special characters anymore:

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I also tried several key combinations as shift+tab, option+tab or control+tab without any effect.

I can I type/enter the tab character?

  • Seems solved in the latest release
    – Matteo
    Mar 16, 2017 at 11:28

2 Answers 2


To insert a tab in a text area of a slide in PowerPoint for Mac, use Shift-Option-Tab.


Keynote is accepting tab directly. Is much easier to use than any version of PowerPoint and is able to output PowerPoint format which is readable with many PowerPoint versions.

My personnal experience is that Keynote is providing a more compatible PowerPoint than any version of PowerPoint, and is also much user friendly.

Actually I don't use PowerPoint for quality and security reasons.

Then this part of advice is untested!

I suggest you to try:

ctrl+Q, tab


ctrl+V, tab


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