Introduction

Video: Inserting Hyperlinks

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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. It’s easy to do all of this using two tools: hyperlinks and action buttons.

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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 http://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:

  1. Select the image or text you want to make a hyperlink.
  2. Right-click the selected text or image, then click Hyperlink.

    Hyperlinks and Action ButtonsCreating 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.

    Hyperlinks and Action ButtonsThe 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.

    Hyperlinks and Action ButtonsThe 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.

    Hyperlinks and Action ButtonsCreating an email hyperlink
  4. Type the email address you want to connect to in the Email Address box, then click OK.

    Hyperlinks and Action ButtonsTyping 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 spacebar.

To open and test a hyperlink

  1. After you create a hyperlink, you should test it. Right-click the hyperlink, then click Open Hyperlink.

    Hyperlinks and Action ButtonsOpening a hyperlink
  2. Your web browser should open and then navigate to the linked page. If it does not work, check the hyperlink address for any misspellings.

To open a hyperlink while viewing your slide show, click the hyperlink.

Hyperlinks and Action ButtonsClicking a hyperlink

To remove a hyperlink:

  1. Right-click the hyperlink.
  2. Click Remove Hyperlink.

    Hyperlinks and Action ButtonsRemoving a hyperlink
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