Adding AutoShapes, WordArt, and Hyperlinks

Learn about adding PowerPoint 2003 AutoShapes and PowerPoint 2003 WordArt and hyperlinks in this free lesson.

Introduction

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Insert an AutoShape
  • Insert WordArt
  • Insert a hyperlink

Inserting an AutoShape

PowerPoint provides many different items you can use to enhance your slides. For example, an AutoShape can be a useful graphical element. AutoShapes include lines, arrows, banners, stars, and other shapes you can add to your presentation.

To insert an AutoShape:

  • Click Insert Pictures AutoShapes.

Click Insert Picture, AutoShape

  • A small AutoShapes toolbar appears.

AutoShape toolbar

  • Click the various options, and a list of AutoShapes appears.
  • Choose the one for your presentation.
  • To format an AutoShape, right-click it and choose Format AutoShape.
  • A dialog box appears with various formatting options.

OR

  • Insert AutoShapes by clicking the Drawing toolbar at the bottom of the PowerPoint screen. A list of options appears.

AutoShape button with options

You can click and drag an AutoShape to increase its size, and you can add text by choosing Insert Text Box.

Inserting WordArt

WordArt is colorful and artful text that is available in a variety of styles. It allows you to create interesting titles, logos, and text in your PowerPoint presentation.

To insert Word Art:

  • Click the WordArt button on the Drawing toolbar.

WordArt button

  • The WordArt Gallery appears.

WordArt Gallery

  • Choose the WordArt that best fits your slide presentation.
  • Click OK.
  • When the Edit WordArt Text dialog box appears, click Your Text Here to add text. Type the text for your slide. You can also make any formatting changes to your font.
  • Click OK.
  • The WordArt appears in your slide. You can drag it to where you want it to appear on your slide.

OR

  • Click Insert  Pictures  Word Art.

Click Insert, Picture, WordArt

OR

  • Click View  Toolbars  WordArt.

Inserting a hyperlink

PowerPoint also allows you to add hyperlinks to your slides to make them more interactive. A hyperlink can link to a website, which provides more information for your presentation.

To insert a hyperlink:

  • Select the text in your document that you want to be a hyperlink, such as www.gcflearnfree.org or Free Computer and Career Classes.
  • Click the Hyperlink button on the Standard toolbar.

Hyperlink button

(If this button does not show up, you may want to add it to your toolbar by clicking the down-pointing arrow at the end of the bar to display Toolbar Options. Click Insert Hyperlink to add the button to your toolbar.)

  • Click the Existing File or Web Page button.

Hyperlink dialog box

  • Type any text you want to display. This type will display instead of the web address.
  • Click OK.

To make sure the hyperlink works, click the Slide Show button and click the link on the slide.

Challenge!

  • Open the My Hobbies presentation.
  • Insert a new Title Only slide. This is your sixth and final slide.
  • Type a title for the slide. You may want to make this slide about the final hobby you have listed.
  • Insert a text box, and type any necessary information related to the topic of the slide.
  • Insert an AutoShape, WordArt, or hyperlink onto the slide.
  • Save and close the presentation.

The challenge presentation about your hobbies is now complete. The presentation should have a total of six slides, with information about the things you do in your free time.