I use Keynote for my presentations, and I often have fairly complicated slides with many animations.

This generally works well, and it makes for a nice presentation. However, at the end of the talk, I am often asked to go back to a specific slide. This is made complicated because I need to find the right slide and the go forward however many animations I have to get the final state of the slide. Moreover, if I don't remember the exact number of animations and click one time too many, I have to go back and repeat the whole process.

Is there a way to see the final state of a slide, after all animations have been applied, when going backward? Alternatively, is there a shortcut that displays the final state of the current slide?

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You can hold ⇧ SHIFT when changing the slides with arrows. This disables the animations.

  • and arrows skip animations
  • and arrows skip to the next slide

In order to "load" all animations you can press ⇧SHIFT (next slide) and then ⇧SHIFT (previous slide with all animations completed).

  • This doesn't seem to work on Keynote 11.1 on Ventura. Is it only in some versions? Or is it configurable?
    – Andrea
    Feb 14, 2023 at 15:35
  • I have Keynote 12.2.1 (7035.0.161) and macOS 13.2 (22D49) Feb 14, 2023 at 15:55
  • Maybe I misunderstood your initial comment. When I press Shift, the animation is instant, but I still need to press however many times to get to the final state of the slide. I'm ideally looking for a method to jump directly to the end of the slide.
    – Andrea
    Feb 15, 2023 at 15:38
  • So if you find the slide you like press SHIFT + ↓ and then SHIFT + ←. This will show the final state of the slide. Feb 15, 2023 at 16:34
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    That is great, both shortcuts will be very useful!! You may want to include those in your answer to make it more complete.
    – Andrea
    Feb 15, 2023 at 16:44

I know this won't work for all situations, but here is what I have done. I take a screenshot of the final image of the animated slide and put it as the next slide immediately after. Then, when I press 'next slide", I get the final image.

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