Keynote for iCloud release notes

We’re frequently updating Keynote for iCloud. Updates are cumulative, so when you launch Keynote on, it has all the latest features. You can see all the features included with each release below.

September 2020


New shapes

Enhance your presentations with a variety of new, editable shapes.


July 2020

  • Easily add captions and titles to images, videos, shapes, and other objects. Learn more
  • Format text as superscript or subscript, adjust capitalization, change text background color, and more. Learn more

March 2020

  • Select from a variety of gorgeous new themes to help you get started.
  • Add a Keynote presentation to a shared iCloud Drive folder to automatically start collaborating. Learn more
  • Add a drop cap to make text stand out with a large, decorative first letter. Learn more
  • Easily access themes in a redesigned theme chooser.
  • Use new text layout options to add borders, paragraph backgrounds, and columns.
  • Enhance your presentations with a variety of new, editable shapes.
  • Use Unite, Intersect, Subtract, and Exclude commands to create new shapes.
  • New “Keyboard” text build in and build out animation.

June 2019

  • Place images, shapes, and equations inline in text boxes so they move with text. Learn more
  • Add Shimmer and Sparkle transition effects between your slides.
  • The Magic Move transition now smoothly blends between images or objects.

March 2019

  • Make precise changes to table row and column sizes in the Format pane.
  • View and recover recently deleted files in the Document Manager.
  • Edit grouped objects while collaborating.

September 2018

  • Quickly add links to webpages, email addresses, and slides.
  • Make image galleries come to life with build effects.
  • Enhance your presentations with a variety of new editable shapes.

June 2018

  • Add presenter notes to your slides.
  • Adjust shadows and backgrounds, and use rounded corners in column and bar charts.
  • Enhance your presentations with a variety of new editable shapes.

March 2018

  • Add an interactive image gallery to your presentations to view a collection of photos. 
  • Use donut charts to visualize your data in an engaging new way.
  • Enhance your presentations with a variety of new editable shapes.

September 2017

  • Redesigned document manager: open presentations stored anywhere in iCloud Drive, easily find shared presentations, and create nested folders.

June 2017

  • Enhance your documents using a library of over 500 professionally drawn shapes. Learn more
  • Reply to comments and join threaded conversations. Learn more
  • Support for advanced image fill-in graphics.
  • Insert and edit object connection lines.
  • The Stock and Currency functions now return data from the previous market day’s close. Learn more

March 2017

  • A simplified design gives you easy access to the tools you need.
  • Support for editing Build In and Build Out animations on objects. 
  • Play object builds and a greater selection of transitions as you present.
  • Add gradient and image fills to graphics.
  • New align and distribute options make it easier to position objects in your presentation.
  • New stock and currency functions provide up-to-date securities data in tables.
  • Post interactive presentations on Medium, WordPress, and other websites.
  • Import Keynote 1 presentations.
  • Preview older versions of your presentation before choosing which one to restore. 
  • Set dates, times, and currencies for your language or region when you create a document.

September 2016

  • Support for real-time collaboration with Keynote on Mac, iPad and iPhone (feature in beta).
  • Collaborate with specific people (feature in beta).
  • Keynote Live lets you present a slideshow that viewers can follow from their Mac, iPad, iPhone, and from
  • Open and edit Keynote ’05 presentations.

Learn more

See the release notes for Pages and Numbers for iCloud.

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