A MacBook Pro with the Keynote theme chooser open on the screen with buttons at the top for Standard and Wide. Standard is selected and thumbnail images of the templates appear 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 toolbar with buttons to add tables, charts, text boxes, shapes, and media. Chart is selected and shows buttons for 2D, 3D, and Interactive charts. 3D is selected, and chart options are shown below.

Add text, photos, charts, 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

The Animation controls for adding animation to the selected image. Build In, Action, and Build Out buttons are across the top of the sidebar. Build In is selected and shows controls for the Drift and Scale 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 Collaboration menu showing the names of people collaborating on the presentation. Share options are below the names.

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 9.2 on your Mac. To see the version of Keynote on your Mac, choose Keynote > About Keynote (from the Keynote menu at the top of your screen). To browse this guide, click 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.