Slidy Help

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Slidy is a Web-based tool for creating, presenting, and viewing slideshows. This page tells you how to view a slideshow created in Slidy. To learn how to create slideshows with Slidy or to present Slidy slideshows, read HTML Slidy: Slide Shows in HTML and XHTML.

Slidy is controlled through keyboard commands. Its letter-based commands are not case sensitive.

Choosing Display Options

You can choose to view the presentation in two different modes:

  • Slideshow, which displays each slide separately. In this mode, you can move from slide to slide. To jump directly to a specific slide, use the table of contents.
  • Web Page, which displays the whole presentation as one long Web page. In this mode, you can Page Down through the show, but you cannot jump directly to any slide other than the next or previous one.

In both modes, you can adjust the font size as needed. In Slideshow mode, you also can choose whether to view slides at normal size or at full screen as well as whether to show or hide the footer in each slide.

Toggling between Display Modes

Use this shortcut key:

  • "a"

The focus (cursor position) will go to the top of the first slide. To return to your original position:

  • In Slideshow mode, either use shortcut key "c" to display the table of contents or use Page Down.
  • In Web Page mode, use Page Down. (Although the table of contents will display, its links do not work in Web Page mode.)

Adjusting Font Size

These adjustments work in both display modes.

Increase Font Size

Use one of these shortcut keys:

  • "b" (for "bigger")
  • ">" (greater than; Shift+.)
  • "+" (plus)

In Slideshow mode, if the larger font forces part of the slide off the screen, use the up-arrow key (↑) and down-arrow key (↓) to move from line to line within the slide.

Decrease Font Size

Use one of these shortcut keys:

  • "s" for smaller
  • "<" (less than; Shift+,)
  • "-" (minus)

Slideshow Display Options

These options are available in Slideshow mode only:

  • Full Screen View: F11 (press again to return to Normal View)
  • Show Footer: shortcut key "f" (press again to Hide Footer)


Moving through the Slide Show

Slidy allows you to move back and forth between slides, to jump to either end of the slideshow, and to jump to specific slides.

Forward One Slide

Use one of these shortcut keys:

  • Right-arrow key (→)
  • Page Down
  • Space bar

Back One Slide

Use one of these shortcut keys:

  • Left-arrow key (←)
  • Page Up
  • Backspace

First or Last Slide

Use the respective shortcut key:

  • First slide: Home key
  • Last slide: End key

Jump Directly to a Slide

In Slideshow mode, follow these steps:

  1. Display the table of contents: "c"
  2. Find the slide you want.
  3. Click its link.

In Web Page mode, the table of contents will display, but its links will not work.

Moving within a Slide

  • Up one line: Up-arrow key (↑)
  • Down one line: Down-arrow key (↓)

Browser Notes

  • In Internet Explorer, Slidy's operation is flaky.
  • In Internet Explorer, Slidy does not work with JAWS or NVDA.
  • In Firefox, JAWS users cannot use Slidy's shortcut keys unless they first use jawskey+3 to tell JAWS to ignore the next key.

Screen Reader Notes

  • With NDVA, Slidy does not work with Internet Explorer.
  • With JAWS, Slidy does not work with Internet Explorer.
  • With JAWS and Firefox, you cannot use Slidy's shortcut keys unless you tell JAWS to ignore the next key with jawskey+3.
  • With JAWS, when you are displaying the slideshow on a projector (beamer), JAWS' virtual buffer does not always refresh properly as you scroll through the slides.

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