Add hyperlinks to PowerPoint presentations

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  1. Link to another slide, presentation file, website or file on your computer
  2. Insert hyperlink
  3. Add a hyperlink to a slide in the same presentation
  4. Add a hyperlink to another file on your computer or network
  5. Add a hyperlink to the site
  6. Add a hint to a hyperlink on a PowerPoint slide

Link to another slide, presentation file, website or file on your computer

Create links for quick access to all things in your presentation. Link to a slide in the same PowerPoint presentation, another presentation file, a website, a file on your computer or online, or an email address. Add a screen hint to the hyperlink to explain the purpose of the link.

The instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint for Office 365, PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, and PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Insert hyperlink

To use text or an image as a hyperlink:

  1. In PowerPoint, open the file you want to add a link to.

  2. Select the text or graphic object that will contain the hyperlink.

  3. Select Insert .

  4. Select hyperlink or Clutch. The Insert Hyperlink dialog box opens.

    Use hotkey ctrl + k to open the Insert Hyperlink dialog box.

  5. Decide what type of link you want to insert. The following options are available: An existing file or web page , Place in this document and E-mail address .

Add a hyperlink to a slide in the same presentation

To add a link to another slide in the same presentation:

  1. In the Insert Hyperlink dialog box, select: Place in this document . Options include:

    • first slide

    • last slide

    • Next slide

    • Previous slide

    • Slide titles

  2. Select the slide you want to link to. The slide preview helps you make your choice.

  3. Click Okay to close the dialog box and create a link.

To change the hyperlink, highlight the link text and select Insert > Clutch or Insert > hyperlink to open the Edit Hyperlink dialog box.

Add a hyperlink to another file on your computer or network

You are not limited to creating hyperlinks to other PowerPoint slides. Create a hyperlink to any file on your computer or on the Internet, regardless of which program was used to create the other file.

Two scenarios are available during a slideshow presentation:

  • If the hyperlink goes to another PowerPoint presentation, the linked presentation opens and the active presentation appears on the screen.

  • If the hyperlink points to a file created in another program, the linked file opens in the associated program. This is the active program on the screen.

  1. Select An existing file or web page in the Insert Hyperlink dialog box.

  2. Locate the file on your computer or network that you want to connect to and select it.

  3. Select OKAY.

If the linked file is on your local computer, the hyperlink will be broken when the presentation is displayed on another device. Save all files needed for the presentation in the same folder as the presentation and copy these files to another device.

Add a hyperlink to the site

To open a website from a PowerPoint presentation, enter the full Internet address (URL) of the website.

  1. In the Insert Hyperlink dialog box, select: An existing file or web page .

  2. In the Address text box, enter the URL of the website you want to link to.

  3. Select Okay .

To avoid typos, copy the URL from the web page’s address bar and paste it into the Address text box.

Add a hint to a hyperlink on a PowerPoint slide

Screen Tips add extra information to hyperlinks on a PowerPoint slide. When a viewer hovers over a hyperlink during a slideshow, a tooltip appears on the screen.

  1. In the Insert Hyperlink dialog box, select: tool info .

  2. In the Set Hyperlink Tooltip dialog box, enter the text for the tooltip you want to display.

  3. Select Okay to save the tooltip text on the screen and return to the Insert Hyperlink dialog box.

  4. Select Okay to close the Insert Hyperlink dialog box and apply the hint on the screen.

  5. Start screen sharing and hover over the link to view the hint on the hyperlink screen.

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