Hyperlinks and Action Buttons

You can use hyperlinks in PowerPoint to link to websites and other slides and the PowerPoint action button to link to other slides.

Inserting hyperlinks

Video: Inserting Hyperlinks in PowerPoint 2010

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Adding hyperlinks to your presentation can help readers quickly access contact information or information from the Internet. Additionally, hyperlinks in the form of action buttons are useful for navigating your slide show. To use hyperlinks, you'll need to know how to insert hyperlinks using text and objects, as well as how to insert action buttons.

Optional: You can download this example for extra practice.

About hyperlinks

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 shape. For example, the address could be https://www.youtube.com and the display text could be YouTube. 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:

  1. Select the image or text you want to make a hyperlink.
  2. Right-click the selected text or image, then click Hyperlink.
    Creating a hyperlinkCreating a hyperlink
  3. The Insert Hyperlink dialog box will open. You can also get to this dialog box from the Insert tab by clicking Hyperlink.
    The Insert Hyperlink dialog boxThe Insert Hyperlink dialog box
  4. 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.
  5. Type the address you want to link to in the Address field.
  6. Click OK. The text or image you selected will now be a hyperlink to the web address.
    The completed hyperlinkThe completed hyperlink

To insert a hyperlink to an email address:

  1. Right-click the selected text or image, then click Hyperlink.
  2. The Insert Hyperlink dialog box will open.
  3. On the left side of the dialog box, click Email Address.
    Creating an email hyperlinkCreating an email hyperlink
  4. Type the email address you want to connect to in the Email Address box, then click OK.
    Typing the email address and display textTyping the email address and display text

PowerPoint often recognizes email and web addresses as you type and will format them as hyperlinks automatically after you press the Enter key or the spacebar.

To open and test a hyperlink

  1. After you create a hyperlink, it's important to test it. Right-click the hyperlink, then click Open Hyperlink.
    Opening a hyperlinkOpening a hyperlink
  2. Your web browser should open and navigate to the linked page. If it does not work, check the hyperlink address for any misspellings.

To remove a hyperlink:

  1. Right-click the hyperlink.
  2. Click Remove Hyperlink.
    Removing a hyperlinkRemoving a hyperlink