Hyperlinks

You can use hyperlinks in PowerPoint to link to websites and other slides. Learn all about the PowerPoint hyperlink function here.

More hyperlinks

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:

  1. Right-click the selected text or image, then click Hyperlink.
  2. The Insert Hyperlink dialog box will appear.
  3. On the left side of the dialog box, click Place in this Document.
  4. A list of other slides in your presentation will appear. Click the name of the slide you want to link to.
  5. Click OK. The text or image will now be a hyperlink to the slide you selected.

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:

  1. Right-click the selected text or image, then click Hyperlink. The Insert Hyperlink dialog box will appear.
  2. On the left side of the dialog box, click Existing File or Webpage.
  3. Click the drop-down arrow to browse for your file.
  4. Select the desired file.
  5. Click OK. The text or image will now be a hyperlink to the file you selected.

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.