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Add hyperlinks to slides
Add links to your presentation to show related information on the web, quickly get to a different slide, or start an email message.
Link to a website
Select the text, shape, or picture that you want to use as a hyperlink.
Select Insert > Hyperlink .
Select Existing File or Web Page , and add the:
Text to display - Type the text that you want to appear for your hyperlink.
ScreenTip - Type the text that you want to appear when the user hovers over the hyperlink (optional).
Current Folder , Browsed Pages , or Recent Files - Select where you want to link to.
Address - If you haven't already selected a location above, cut and paste, or type the URL for the web site you want to link to.
Note: If you link to a file on your computer, and move your PowerPoint presentation to another computer, you'll also need to move any linked files.
Select OK .
Link to a place in a document, new document, or email address
Select Insert > Hyperlink and select an option:
Place in This Document - Link to a specific slide in your presentation.
Create New Document - Link from your presentation to another presentation.
E-mail Address - Link a displayed email address to open up a user's email program.
Fill in the Text to display , ScreenTip , and where you want to link to.
Add a hyperlink to a slide
Bookmark a slide and link to it from elsewhere in the presentation
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How to Use Hyperlinks and Action Buttons in PowerPoint
If you would like to link to an outside source within your PowerPoint presentation, you have the option of using a hyperlink or action button. These instructions are for Office 2016, 2013, 2010, and 2007.
In PowerPoint, you can create a hyperlink using any text within your presentation. When clicked on, a hyperlink can directly link to a specific slide within your presentation, a saved file, a web page, another PowerPoint presentation, or a custom email. To insert a hyperlink into your presentation:
- Open the PowerPoint presentation.
- Highlight the text or object you would like to hyperlink.
- Right-click the highlighted text and select "Hyperlink..."
- For Existing File or Web Page , browse your computer to locate the file you wish to link to.
- For Place in This Document , choose the slide you wish to link to.
- For Create a New Document , type the name of your new PowerPoint presentation and choose when to edit the document.
- For E-mail Addresses , enter the recipient(s) email address and the subject line of the email.
- Click [OK].
- To test the action button, start your PowerPoint slideshow (Click F5 on your keyboard) and click the text with the action button.
A PowerPoint hyperlink can link to a file on one of your drives (with the exception of your C: drive, which will not work in any circumstance) only if you are presenting the PowerPoint on campus. If you are off campus, you can use a path to any portable medium you have on hand (e.g. thumb drive, CD, etc.).
In PowerPoint, you can create an action button using shapes, images, and text within your presentation. When activated, an action button can link to either a specific slide within your presentation, a web page, or another PowerPoint presentation. In addition, PowerPoint offers action buttons that play sounds when activated. To insert an action button into your presentation:
- Click the [Insert] tab > From the "Links" group, click [Action].
- Select the "Hyperlink to:" radio button > From the drop-down menu, choose where you would like the action button to link to when activated.
- To test the action button, start your PowerPoint slideshow (Click F5 on your keyboard) and click the text or image with the action button.
To insert an action button that plays a sound into your presentation:
- Highlight the text or object you would like to play a sound when clicked on.
- If you would like the text or object to link to a slide, web page, or file and play a sound, select the "Hyperlink to:" radio button and choose a destination. If not, select the "None" radio button.
- Check the "Play sound:" box > From the drop-down menu, choose what sound you would like the action button to play when activated > Click [OK].
- To test the action button, start your PowerPoint slideshow (Click F5 on your keyboard) and click the text or object with the action button.
You can also create an action button that activates when you hover your mouse over the text or object (as opposed to clicking the action button). In the "Action Settings" dialog box, click the [Mouse Over] tab and choose where you would like the action button to link to.
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How to Add a Hyperlink to a PowerPoint Presentation (PPT)
Hyperlinks make a presentation non-linear by connecting it with other slides, documents and web pages. This guide demonstrates how to add hyperlinks to a PowerPoint presentation, so that they work both on a local computer and online. You’ll also learn other PowerPoint tricks, such as linking to a YouTube video, changing hyperlink color, configuring navigation and others that diversify the use of hyperlinks in education.
How to add a hyperlink to :
What PowerPoint objects can be assigned with a hyperlink?
The options aren’t limited to texts and pictures; below you will find a list of all options available when it comes to manipulating a hyperlink in PowerPoint.
Other PowerPoint objects such as video and graphs can’t be assigned with hyperlinks. If you use SmartArt objects or stylized text and plan to publish your presentation online, we recommend you read about advanced hyperlink techniques .
How to add a hyperlink to another slide
2. In the dialog box, click Place in this Document under Link to . Choose the slide in your presentation that you wish to use as a destination, then click OK .
If you have created a custom slideshow (a certain sequence of slides) and you want to connect your object with it, click Custom Shows . Then tick the Show and return checkbox.
How to add a hyperlink to an existing document
You may connect your presentation to a document on your computer, for example another presentation, or even a particular slide in it. However, if you then move your project to another PC, you’ll need to copy the connected document to the same folder. The link won’t work in cases where you don’t copy the presentation, or you rename, move or delete it.
Also note that if you plan to publish your presentation online , you’ll need to convert all the connected presentations to online format and use the resulting web pages rather than the source .pptx files. You can learn how to do it here .
2. Click Existing File or W eb Pag e under Link to .
3. Locate and select the document that you want to use as a destination, then click OK .
4. If you wish to link a slide in another presentation, locate and select that presentation on your computer. Then click Bookmark , and in the open window choose the relevant slide.
How to add a hyperlink to a web page
2. Click Existing File or Web Page under Link to .
3. In the address field, type in the address of the web page you wish to add, then click OK .
4. If you want to add a hyperlink to a certain place on the webpage, you can either use the anchor in the website address OR the Bookmark option.
You can follow the steps above to add a hyperlink to a video from a video hosting website, such as YouTube or Vimeo. However, there’s a way to insert an online video right in your presentation, so that it can be played back without having to interrupt the playback and open a browser. To learn how to do that, read these articles on how to insert a YouTube video into an online presentation and how to add a Vimeo video to a presentation .
How to add a hyperlink to a new document
Note that this type of hyperlink can only be used in PowerPoint; it won’t work in a web browser when sharing a presentation online.
2. Click Create New Document under Link to .
3. By default, a new document is created in the same folder with the presentation’s source file. If you want to change the location, click Change under Full path , select the desired location, and then click OK .
4. Enter the name of a new file in the Name of new document field, then click OK .
5. Under When to edit , choose if you want to Edit the new document later or Edit the new document now .
How to add a hyperlink to an email address
2. Click E-mail Address under Link to .
3. Type in the appropriate e-mail address in the E-mail address box.
4. Optionally, you may indicate the subject of your e-mail message in the Subject box.
Advanced hyperlink techniques
How to create a transparent hyperlink area.
In fact, there’s a way to assign a hyperlink to a SmartArt object or stylized text for an online presentation, and even videos. To do that, you should create a transparent hyperlink area over an object. This solution may also be useful for designers of those touchscreen apps, which elements are often so small that it’s hard to tap them.
2. Select a rectangle or any other form that matches the relevant object.
3. Draw the shape over the desired area (e.g., video).
4. Right-click on the drawn shape and click Link .
5. Add the desired destination and click OK .
6. Now right-click on the shape again, and choose No Fill under Fill and No Outline under Outline .
Note: when a transparent area overlaps PowerPoint objects, their controls are not available anymore. Therefore, if you’re using this technique for a video, you should either set the video to play automatically or draw the shape only over a part of it.
How to change hyperlink color
By default, PowerPoint applies different colors to new and followed hyperlinks based on the chosen presentation theme. To learn how to change the predefined color, read the following guidelines.
2. Go to Colors , and under the schemes choose Customize Colors .
3. In the open window, change the colors of new and followed hyperlinks, then click Save .
Note : if you apply another theme to your presentation, hyperlink colors will be modified too. In order to prevent yourself from having to customize them again, choose the final design for your presentation first.
How to create a screentip
Follow these guidelines to create helpful tooltips that will appear every time a mouse is pointed over a relevant object on the slide.
2. In the open window, type in the text for a screentip, then click OK .
Here’s what a screentip will look like on the slide.
How to set up navigation
Non-linear navigation is a big plus for complex presentations, as it enables viewers to jump to other slides at any time based on what information is most relevant in a certain situation.With non-linear navigation, they don’t have to search for a particular slide frantically.
One way to set up non-linear navigation is to create a table of contents with internal links leading to different chapters within your presentation. To do that, you’ll need to create a table of contents first, and then insert a hyperlink into other slides for each topic manually.
You can also set up non-linear navigation by inserting two buttons on each slide and hyperlink them to the Next Slide or Previous Slide accordingly. On the last slide you can create a button called “View Again” and hyperlink it to the First Slide , so that the presentation can be easily launched from the beginning. You can learn more about navigating your PowerPoint with Action Buttons in this article .
Tips to enhance your presentation
Here are a few tricks that helped us go beyond PowerPoint and enhance the original presentation in a number of ways.
Insert web pages instead of hyperlinks
Inserting hyperlinks to web page makes sense when they’re optional for viewing. A good way to incorporate important web pages into your presentation is to insert them right onto slides. Here’s how you can do it:
- Download iSpring Converter Pro for free →
3. In the open window, paste in the URL of the web page you wish to add, then click Preview .
4. Under Size , choose whether you want the web page to be displayed in Custom size or Full Slide . We’ll use the first to combine a web page with other information within one slide.
5. With iSpring Converter Pro, you can display web objects even without an Internet connection. To do that, first download web objects to your computer. In the Insert Web Object window, open the drop-down menu in the upper-left corner and choose Local Path .
6. Click Browse and locate the relevant file on your computer. Then press Open → OK .
Publish a presentation online
Note that if the presentation you plan to publish online contains hyperlinked SmartArt object(s) or stylized text, you should create a transparent hyperlink area. To learn more, read this article on troubleshooting hyperlinks .
These guidelines will help you convert a PowerPoint presentation to online mobile-ready format.
1. Download iSpring Converter Pro for free →
2. Open your presentation and choose iSpring Converter Pro on the PowerPoint ribbon, then click Publish .
3. In the Publish Presentation window, specify the Project name and a Folder . As you can see, there are two Output Options available, including HTML5 and video. We recommend using HTML5 format for web presentations.
4. With iSpring Converter Pro, you can configure the presentation player before publishing. To do that, click Universal (Full) as demonstrated in the picture below.
5. As you can see from the open window, the Universal Player is fully customizable. You can configure its Layout , Bars , Text Labels , select one of the built-in Templates and Color Schemes , or apply custom Colors .
6. Once, you’ve customized the player and set up other publishing options , click Publish . After the process is complete, the Preview window will open, allowing you to see how your presentation will be displayed on different devices.
A few more details on adding a hyperlink in PowerPoint for the curious.
How to Automatically Insert a Hyperlink in PowerPoint?
To add a hyperlink quickly, type or paste a needed URL or email address into a text-containing object and press either “Spacebar” or “Enter”. To get the hyperlink removed, immediately press “Backspace”.
How to Add a Link to an Online Microsoft 365 File in PowerPoint?
If you need to point to an online Microsoft 365 (Miscrosoft Office 365) document, you can also add a hyperlink. Select the required slide object or text within a text-containing slide. Click on the “Insert” tab of the Ribbon, select ‘Link’ from the drop-down list. Click on the name of the online Office 365 document to share from the list of “Recent items” below.
When adding links to PowerPoint, it’s important to be aware of some pitfalls that may affect the final playback. We hope this detailed guide will meet your challenges and help you make the most of hyperlinks. The demo presentation in this article was created and published online with the help of iSpring Converter Pro , an advanced PowerPoint add-in.
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Are you a PowerPoint lover? If so, here are some other helpful articles for you:
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PowerPoint 2016 - Hyperlinks
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PowerPoint 2016: Hyperlinks
Lesson 30: hyperlinks.
Whenever you use the Internet, you use hyperlinks to navigate from one webpage to another. If you want to include a web address or email address in your PowerPoint presentation, you can choose to format it as a hyperlink so a person can easily click it. It's also possible to link to files and other slides within a presentation.
Optional: Download our practice presentation .
Watch the video below to learn more about inserting hyperlinks in PowerPoint.
Hyperlinks have two basic parts : the address of the webpage, email address, or other location they are linking to, and the display text (which can also be a picture or a shape). For example, the address could be https://www.youtube.com , and YouTube could be the display text. In some cases, the display text might be the same as the address. When you're creating a hyperlink in PowerPoint, you'll be able to choose both the address and the display text or image.
To insert a hyperlink:
- Select the image or text you want to make a hyperlink.
- If you selected text, the words will appear in the Text to display field at the top. You can change this text if you want.
- Type the address you want to link to in the Address field.
To insert a hyperlink to an email address:
- Right-click the selected text or image, then click Hyperlink .
- The Insert Hyperlink dialog box will open.
PowerPoint often recognizes email and web addresses as you type and will format them as hyperlinks automatically after you press the Enter key or spacebar .
To open and test a hyperlink:
- Your web browser should open and then navigate to the linked page. If it doesn't work, check the hyperlink address for any misspellings.
To open a hyperlink while viewing your slide show, click the hyperlink.
To remove a hyperlink:
- Right-click the hyperlink.
In PowerPoint, you can use hyperlinks to link to resources that are not online. To create a quick way to refer to another slide in your presentation, you can create a hyperlink to that slide. If you need to access a file stored on your computer, you can create a hyperlink to it. Additionally, PowerPoint allows you to format pictures and shapes as hyperlinks.
Using shapes and pictures as hyperlinks
Sometimes you might want to format objects —including shapes, text boxes, and pictures—as hyperlinks. This is especially helpful if you want the object to act like a button . To do this, right-click the desired object and select Hyperlink from the menu that appears. Click the object during the presentation to open the hyperlink.
To insert a hyperlink to another slide:
- The Insert Hyperlink dialog box will appear.
Adding a hyperlink to a shape is similar to creating an action button. We'll talk more about how to turn a shape into a button in our Action Buttons lesson.
To insert a hyperlink to another file:
- Right-click the selected text or image, then click Hyperlink . The Insert Hyperlink dialog box will appear.
- On the left side of the dialog box, click Existing File or Webpage .
If you plan on displaying your presentation on a different computer than you used to create it, your hyperlink to another file may not work. Make sure you have a copy of the linked file on the computer you are using to present, and always test hyperlinks before giving a presentation.
- Open our practice presentation .
- On slide 2, select the Accomplishments shape and create a link to slide 5.
- On slide 11, select the text Tax forms and create a hyperlink to http://irs.gov .
- On slide 12, remove the hyperlink from the text USA.gov Retirement Resources .
- When you're finished, test the hyperlinks you created.
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In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to add links to other documents, websites, multimedia resources, email addresses or even other slides in the same presentation . Any of the resources included in the presentation, such as texts, images or shapes, can be linked.
Adding a Link to a Website
Adding a link to another slide in the same presentation, to another document, to an email address or to a new document.
- Select the resource you want to use as a link.
- On the Insert tab, click Hyperlink. You can also right-click and choose Hyperlink.
- In the “Address” field, enter the URL of the website you want to link to. If you click ScreenTip, you can define the text that will appear on the popup when hovering over the link.
- When you’re done, click OK.
- Select the desired option under “Link to”:
- By clicking the ScreenTip button, you can enter the text that will appear on the popup when hovering over the link.
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How to Add a Hyperlink to a PowerPoint – 2 Easy Methods
(Note: This tutorial on how to add a Hyperlink to a PowerPoint is suitable for PowerPoint 2013 and later versions including Office 365 )
PowerPoint presentations are becoming more than conventional slides representing the project, sales chart, and profit analysis. PowerPoint slides are a professional way of conveying information to business groups and a tool for creative minds.
The improvisations are possible using hyperlinks. With hyperlinks, you can:
- Add links to any webpage that contains the data you want to direct readers to the relevant information,
- Jump to the next/previous slide,
- Jump to a particular slide from another PowerPoint presentation,
- Add a link to open a local file from your PC, and
- Open a video file from an online platform.
In this article, I will show you how to add a hyperlink to a Powerpoint in simple steps.
What is Hyperlinking in PowerPoint?
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Before we proceed, let us first discuss what hyperlinking is for. Hyperlinking is giving additional information to a selected text or object so that for every interaction with the text/object, the viewer is directed to the relevant information explained in detail for every interaction with the text/object.
For example, hyperlinking a text on any slide will highlight and underline the text containing the link, and every time the viewer clicks on the text, it will open the resource attached to it.
It is essential to know what you can hyperlink in PowerPoint. Otherwise, you might be doing everything right and still don’t get the expected result.
You can hyperlink smart objects, text boxes, images, and anything you can click on your slide. Hyperlinks can be divided as follows.
- Text hyperlink – Use text to link your website or file.
- Image hyperlink – Use the image to link to another resource.
- Webpage address hyperlink – Use the full website address as the hyperlink.
- Email hyperlink – Use the link to send an email directly from the presentation.
Also, note that you’ll be able to hyperlink either the text or the object when the text is placed inside the object/smart shape.
To add a hyperlink to a PowerPoint, let’s create a presentation and use a text or an object from the slide for demonstration.
- Open Microsoft Office > PowerPoint and choose New blank Presentation.
- Open the PPT you want to add a hyperlink or create a sample presentation to try it out.
- Once done, select a text from your slide by dragging the mouse or use the arrow keys to highlight the text by holding the Shift key.
Select the image or object you want to hyperlink if you have opened an existing presentation.
Ways to Add a Hyperlink to a PowerPoint
You can add a hyperlink to a PowerPoint presentation in two different ways.
- Using the Keyboard Shortcut
To hyperlink the selected text/object in your presentation,
- Go to Insert Tab, and under the Links section, you will find the Action icon. Note that you can access the icon only when you select the text.
- Clicking on the Action icon will open the Action Settings dialog box.
- Under the Mouse Click tab, click on the Hyperlink to option. Once done, you can hyperlink the text to multiple locations within the slide, another presentation, or even to a local file.
- For instance, let’s choose the URL option to direct the reader from the current slide to a particular website (say: simonsezit.com).
- Manually enter the link or paste the website in the hyperlink to the URL box and click OK to add a hyperlink to your selected text successfully.
- The hyperlink works perfectly when you start a Slideshow and interact with the respective text/image during the Slideshow.
- Also, note that you can’t access the link just by clicking on the text on your slides page. It works when you perform the Ctrl+Click action.
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No matter what function we learn to perform in PowerPoint, the keyboard shortcut always sticks with us.
- You can hyperlink any text/object you want using the shortcut Ctrl + K.
- A dialog box appears with the list of hyperlink options, and as discussed earlier, you can direct the text to a webpage, local file, or new document or send an email.
- Paste the link in the Address bar and hit OK.
- Now, clicking on the text will hyperlink to the entered webpage address.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is hyperlink a tool in powerpoint.
Hyperlink in Powerpoint is a function that allows readers to jump to the leading content/resource by interacting with the text/image/object that has been hyperlinked.
How do I use Hyperlink effectively?
Though hyperlinks are generally the more interactive part of the slide, adding a lot of hyperlinks will exhaust the reader. Therefore, add hyperlinks only to the essential resource relevant to the presentation.
How to insert links to text using the keyboard shortcuts?
You can add a hyperlink to a PowerPoint presentation by selecting the text and pressing Ctrl+K. This shortcut will ask for the link/resource to paste on the highlighted text.
How to make a simple text hyperlink look unique and identifiable?
You can add many formatting options to your anchor text, like: 1. changing the font 2. using Bold and Italic style writing ( Simonsezit ) ( Simonsezit ) 3. Changing the Font size. Once you add a hyperlink to a text, it automatically underlines and colors the text in blue.
Coming up with creative and improvised ways to present your project to make it unique and understandable is the challenge of this generation. While PowerPoint offers many functions and tools to improve your presentation, hyperlinking is one of the functions that you must add to your list.
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How to Put a Hyperlink in Microsoft PowerPoint
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Do you want to add a link to a website or document to your PowerPoint presentation? Adding hyperlinks to PowerPoint slides is incredibly easy. This wikiHow will teach you how to insert hyperlinks into PowerPoint slides using Windows and macOS.
Select a slide.
Select the hyperlink text.
- You can also make an image a hyperlink—just click the desired image to select it.
Click the "Insert" tab.
Click the "Link" icon.
Add a location or address to link to.
- To link to a file or website, select Existing File or Web Page at the top-left. Then, enter the full URL of the website or select the document.
- To link to another location in your presentation, select Place in This Document , then select a slide title.
- To create an email hyperlink, select E-mail address , then enter an email address. Clicking the link will simply compose a new message to this address.
Click "OK" to create the link.
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How to Create Hyperlink in PowerPoint
PowerPoint presentations are a great way to share information, ideas, and data with an audience. However, sometimes you may need to direct your audience to more detailed information, additional resources, or your organization's website. This is where hyperlinks come in handy. In this article, we will explain what hyperlinks are and why you should use them in your PowerPoint presentations. We will also discuss the different types of hyperlinks available, and provide a step-by-step guide on how to create them in PowerPoint.
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What is a Hyperlink and Why Use it in PowerPoint?
Simply put, a hyperlink is a clickable link that directs users to another location, such as a website, a document, or another slide within your PowerPoint presentation. The primary purpose of a hyperlink is to provide additional information or context for your audience, without disrupting the flow of your presentation.
Hyperlinks can be used to:
- Direct your audience to additional resources, such as whitepapers, case studies, or relevant articles.
- Link to relevant websites or social media profiles.
- Cite sources or provide additional information on a topic.
- Link to other slides within your presentation for better organization and flow.
It is important to note that hyperlinks should be used sparingly and strategically in your PowerPoint presentation. Too many hyperlinks can be overwhelming for your audience and distract from your main message. Additionally, make sure to test all hyperlinks before your presentation to ensure they are working properly and directing to the correct location.
Understanding the Different Types of Hyperlinks in PowerPoint
PowerPoint offers several types of hyperlinks, each with its own unique function:
Text hyperlinks are links within the text of your presentation. They are often underlined and colored to differentiate them from regular text. Text hyperlinks are a great way to make specific words or phrases clickable and direct your audience to additional resources.
Image hyperlinks are clickable images that direct users to another location. This is particularly useful if you are using images to convey information, and want your audience to be able to access additional resources or information on a topic quickly.
Action hyperlinks are links that perform a certain action, such as opening a file, sending an email, or playing a video. They can also be used to navigate to a specific slide within your presentation or start another program on your computer. Action hyperlinks are a great way to add interactivity to your presentation and make it more engaging.
Another type of hyperlink that can be used in PowerPoint is the Anchor hyperlink. This type of hyperlink allows you to link to a specific location within the same presentation. This is useful if you have a long presentation and want to provide your audience with an easy way to navigate to a specific section.
Lastly, you can also use Web Object hyperlinks in PowerPoint. This type of hyperlink allows you to embed a webpage or other online content directly into your presentation. This is useful if you want to provide your audience with additional information or resources that are not available within your presentation.
Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Hyperlink in PowerPoint
Now that you understand what a hyperlink is and the different types available in PowerPoint, it's time to create one. Follow these simple steps:
- Select the text or object you want to hyperlink.
- On the Insert tab, click on the Hyperlink icon. Alternatively, you can right-click the selected text or object, and choose Hyperlink from the context menu.
- In the Insert Hyperlink dialog box, choose the type of hyperlink you want to create from the list on the left.
- Enter the URL or location you want to link to in the Address field.
- Optionally, you can add a screen tip to display when your audience hovers over the hyperlink. This can provide additional context or information on the link.
- Click OK to create the hyperlink.
Repeat these steps for each hyperlink you want to create in your presentation.
It's important to note that hyperlinks can be used not only to link to external websites or documents, but also to other slides within your presentation. This can be useful for creating interactive presentations or for navigating between different sections of your presentation.
Additionally, you can customize the appearance of your hyperlinks by changing the font, color, or underline style. This can help your hyperlinks stand out and make them more visually appealing to your audience.
How to Add a Hyperlink to Text in PowerPoint
Adding a hyperlink to text is one of the most common uses of hyperlinks in presentations. Follow these steps to add a hyperlink to text in PowerPoint:
- Select the text you want to hyperlink.
- On the Insert tab, click on the Hyperlink icon. Alternatively, you can right-click the selected text and choose Hyperlink from the context menu.
- Optionally, you can add a screen tip to display when your audience hovers over the hyperlink.
It's important to note that when adding a hyperlink to text in PowerPoint, you should always test the link to ensure it works properly. You can do this by clicking on the hyperlink in presentation mode or by using the "Test Hyperlink" option in the right-click menu. Additionally, if you're linking to a website, make sure to include the full URL, including the "http://" or "https://" prefix, to ensure the link works in all browsers.
How to Insert a Hyperlink to an Image in PowerPoint
Inserting a hyperlink to an image in PowerPoint can be useful if you want to add interactivity to your presentation. Follow these steps to insert a hyperlink to an image:
- Select the image you want to hyperlink.
- On the Insert tab, click on the Hyperlink icon. Alternatively, you can right-click the selected image and choose Hyperlink from the context menu.
It is important to note that the hyperlink will only work if the image is in a format that supports hyperlinks, such as JPEG or PNG. If the image is in a different format, you will need to convert it before adding the hyperlink.
Additionally, you can also hyperlink text within your PowerPoint presentation. Simply select the text you want to hyperlink, and follow the same steps as above to insert a hyperlink. This can be useful for directing your audience to additional resources or related content.
How to Link Slides in PowerPoint Using Hyperlinks
Linking slides in PowerPoint using hyperlinks can help to keep your presentation organized and make it easier for your audience to follow along. Here's how to do it:
- Select the text or object you want to use as the link.
- On the Insert tab, click on the Hyperlink icon.
- In the Insert Hyperlink dialog box, choose Place in This Document from the list on the left.
- Select the slide you want to link to from the list of slides.
Repeat these steps for each slide you want to link to in your presentation.
It's important to note that linking slides using hyperlinks can also be useful for non-linear presentations, where you may want to jump back and forth between different sections of your presentation. By linking slides together, you can easily navigate to different parts of your presentation without having to scroll through all of your slides.
Tips and Tricks for Effective Hyperlinking in PowerPoint Presentations
Now that you know how to create and use hyperlinks in your PowerPoint presentation, here are some tips and tricks to help you use them effectively:
- Keep your hyperlinks relevant and valuable to your audience.
- Label your hyperlinks clearly to help your audience understand where they are being directed.
- Minimize the number of hyperlinks you use to avoid overwhelming your audience.
- Use action hyperlinks sparingly and only when necessary.
- Test your hyperlinks before your presentation to make sure they are working properly.
How to Test and Edit Your Hyperlinks in PowerPoint
Testing and editing your hyperlinks in PowerPoint is a crucial step to ensure that they are working properly. Here's how to do it:
- Select the hyperlink you want to test or edit.
- Right-click on the hyperlink and choose Edit Hyperlink from the context menu.
- Make any changes to the hyperlink and click OK to save.
- To test the hyperlink, hold down the Ctrl key and click on the hyperlink. This will open the link in your default web browser.
Common Mistakes to Avoid When Creating Hyperlinks in PowerPoint
Here are some common mistakes to avoid when creating hyperlinks in your PowerPoint presentation:
- Using irrelevant or unnecessary hyperlinks.
- Inserting broken links.
- Using unclear text or labels for hyperlinks.
- Using too many hyperlinks, which can be overwhelming for your audience.
Best Practices for Using Hyperlinks in Your PowerPoint Presentations
Here are some best practices to keep in mind when using hyperlinks in your PowerPoint presentations:
- Use hyperlinks to enhance your presentation, not detract from it.
- Use a consistent style and formatting for all your hyperlinks.
Enhancing Your Presentation with Interactive Hyperlinks: A Comprehensive Guide
In this article, we've covered everything you need to know about hyperlinks in PowerPoint presentations. From the different types of hyperlinks available to step-by-step instructions on how to create them, we hope this guide has been helpful in enhancing your presentation with interactive hyperlinks. Remember to use hyperlinks sparingly and only when necessary. With a little practice, you can use hyperlinks to create an engaging and informative PowerPoint presentation.
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