The theme chooser with buttons for Standard and Wide at the top. Thumbnail images of themes are shown below.

Get started with a theme

All presentations begin with a theme—a set of predesigned slide layouts you can use as a starting point. Replace the theme’s images and text with your own, then add more slides as needed.

Create a presentation

The Insert menu with buttons across the top to add tables, charts, shapes, and media. Shapes is selected and its menu shows a row of categories with a Search button on the left. The category Activities is selected and shapes appear below.

Add text, photos, drawings, and more

Add objects like tables, charts, shapes, and media (images, audio, and video) to any slide. You can layer objects, resize them, and link them to webpages or other slides in your presentation.

Intro to images, charts, and other objects

The Format controls for changing the size and appearance of the selected image. Style, Image, and Arrange buttons are across the top of the controls.

Customize every detail

Customize the appearance of anything you add to a slide. Choose a new color, add a drop shadow, change the transparency, and more.

Intro to Keynote

Animation controls for the object that’s selected on the slide. At the bottom of the screen is a button for the Build-In effect being used and Add Action and Add Build Out buttons. The Build In button shows a menu with options to edit the Appear effect.

Wow them with animation

Add visual effects or animations to captivate your audience. For example, add a transition so each slide dissolves into the next, or make each word in a title bounce onto the slide.

Add transitions between slides

The Add People screen showing a picture of the presentation to be shared. Below it are buttons for ways to send the invitation, including Mail, a Copy Link, and More. At the bottom is the Share Options button.

Collaborate in real time

Invite others to work with you on your presentation. Everyone you invite can see changes as they’re made, but you control who can edit or only view the presentation.

Intro to collaboration

This guide helps you get started using Keynote 5.2 on your iPad. To see the version of Keynote on your iPad, go to Settings  > Keynote. To browse this guide, tap Table of Contents near the top of this page. You can also download the guide from Apple Books (where available).

If you need more help, visit the Keynote Support website.