I 'd like to do a presentation with a wireless USB remote control. At one moment, I need to go to the previous animation phase – which would be the shortcut Shift–Left Arrow or [ (left bracket).

However, with my presenter it is only possible to go the previous slide — which would be the shortcut P, Delete, Page Up, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Shift–Up Arrow.

I do not want to use a keyboard since I want to speak freely in my presentation.

So the questions are: Is this a problem of my remote control? In other words: Are there remote controls that as well have a "previous animation phase" button? Do I need to somehow trick the system to make it work?

  • If I understand you correctly: do you have a remote which simulates key presses on a keyboard? Which model?
    – myhd
    Commented Apr 22, 2013 at 8:10
  • No I have a normal remote presenter. I think they all work the same!? All of them have just one forward and one backward key. But backwards is in fact 'go back to the beginning of the slide' and not the previous animation phase.
    – DaPhil
    Commented Apr 22, 2013 at 9:12
  • I have the same presenter! It never occurred to me you could go back one animation phase! Thanks for that. Regarding your question: Generally it is possible to re-configure keyboard commands for any item that is in menus. Seems there is no menu command for Shift-Back Arrow -- or is it? Have to think about that...
    – myhd
    Commented Apr 22, 2013 at 12:32
  • I thought of that too, but since there is no item in the menu, the system preferences is a blind alley I guess...
    – DaPhil
    Commented Apr 22, 2013 at 12:43
  • If you activate Caps Lock on your keyboard during your presentation, it might work with the presenter. Can’t test b/c my CL key is broken :)
    – myhd
    Commented Apr 22, 2013 at 12:50

2 Answers 2


You can do this in Mavericks pretty easily (I just did).

Go to System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts, select "App Shortcuts" and click the + button. You'll be asked to select the app you want to create a shortcut for (Keynote, in my case), the exact text of the menu item you want to create a new shortcut for ("Play Slideshow" in my case), and the keyboard shortcut you want to assign (Shift-F5 in my case, which is what the Logitech R400 uses for "start slideshow").


Technically, your remote simply simulates a certain key press. You will need to remap your page up (⇞) key to shift left temporarily (as long as you don’t need "page up" functionality — typically during your presentation). My recommendation is KeyRemap4Macbook, more info here. The app has a passthru option which you should activate if you do not want any key remapped outside of presentations. Hope this helps!

  • And it is not possible to remap the presenters keys? I sent an email to the manufacturer but no reply yet. Any experience if this could be done?
    – DaPhil
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 11:54
  • I am curious how your research will turn out. However, my final recommendation is: any software solution will be easier to do than hardware modification. Good luck!
    – myhd
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 13:25

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