Invisible hyperlinks or hotspots are parts of a slide that, when clicked, take the viewer to another slide in the presentation or even to a website on the web. An invisible hyperlink can be part of an object, such as a column in a chart, or even an entire slide.
Invisible hyperlinks (also called invisible buttons) make it easy to create cool games or quizzes in PowerPoint. Clicking on an object on a slide sends the viewer to the answer slide. This is a great feature for multiple choice or “What to eat?” tests. types of questions for young children. It can be a great learning tool and an easy way to integrate technology into the classroom.
- What is an invisible hyperlink?
- Method 1: Create Invisible Hyperlinks with Action Buttons
- Steps to create an action button
- Make the action button invisible
- Steps to change the color of the action button
- Action button is now invisible
- Check the invisible hyperlink
- Cover the entire slide with an invisible hyperlink
- Method 2: Use another form as invisible hyperlink
- Using Auto Shape
- Apply action settings to autoshape
What is an invisible hyperlink?
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create invisible hyperlinks using two similar methods. A method only takes a few steps.
In this example, we will create an invisible hyperlink above a field of text. Answer: A shown in the image above, which would be the correct answer to this fictitious multiple choice question.
Method 1: Create Invisible Hyperlinks with Action Buttons
Invisible hyperlinks are usually created with a PowerPoint feature called Action Buttons †
Select Slideshow > Action Buttons and choose Action Button: Custom which is the first choice in the top row.
Steps to create an action button
Drag the mouse from the top left corner of the object to the bottom right corner. This creates a rectangular shape above the object.
The Action Options dialog box opens.
Click next to Hyperlink to: in the Action Options dialog box to select the slide for the link.
Select the slide (or document or website) you want to link to from the drop-down list. In this example, we want to link to a specific slide.
Scroll through the list of options until you see slide…
When you click the Slide… button, a dialog box opens Hyperlink to a slide † Preview and select the correct slide from the list that appears.
Click Okay †
colored rectangular action button is now above the object you selected as a reference. Don’t worry that the rectangle is now covering your object. The next step is to change the color of the button to “No Fill”, making the button invisible.
Make the action button invisible
Steps to change the color of the action button
Right click on the colored rectangle and select AutoShape Layout…
A tab must be selected in the dialog box. Colors and lines † If not, select this tab now.
In chapter stuffing drag the slider Transparency Right until it reaches 100% transparency (or enter 100% in the text box). This makes the shape invisible to the eye, but still remains a solid object.
Select no line for line color.
Click Okay †
Action button is now invisible
After removing all the fills from the action button, it is now invisible on the screen. You will notice that the release marks marked with small white circles indicate that the object is currently marked, even if there is no color. When you click anywhere else on the screen, the selection marks disappear, but PowerPoint recognizes that the object is still on the slide.
Check the invisible hyperlink
Before proceeding, it is recommended to check the invisible hyperlink.
Select Slideshow > Show Show or press hotkey F5 †
When you reach a slide with an invisible hyperlink, click on the linked object and the slide should change to the one you are linking.
After testing the first invisible hyperlink, if necessary, continue to add more invisible hyperlinks on the same slide to other slides, as in the test example.
Cover the entire slide with an invisible hyperlink
You may also need to add an invisible hyperlink on the “assignment” slide to go to the next question (if the answer was correct) or to the previous slide (if the answer was wrong). On the Destinations slide, it’s easiest to make the button big enough to take up the entire slide. So you can click anywhere on the slide to make the invisible hyperlink work.
Method 2: Use another form as invisible hyperlink
If you want to create an invisible hyperlink in the form of a circle or other shape, you can do it with AutoShapes on the Draw toolbar at the bottom of the screen. This method requires a few extra steps because you must first apply the action settings and then change the “color” of the autoshape so that it is invisible.
Using Auto Shape
On the draw toolbar select at the bottom of the screen AutoShapes > Basic Shapes and select a shape from the selection.
† Remark † If the Draw toolbar is not visible, from the main menu select View > Toolbars > Draw †
Hover over the object you want to link.
Apply action settings to autoshape
Right click on the autoshape and select Action Settings… †
Select the appropriate options in the Action Options dialog box as described in Method 1 of this guide.
Refer to the steps to change the color of an ACTION button to make an action button invisible as described in Method 1 of this guide.