Remark. † This guide works in PowerPoint versions 97-2003. The only difference in tasks is the formatting of the autoshape. These differences are shown in step 7 of this tutorial. The rest of the steps are the same.
- What is an image map?
- How could you use an image map in PowerPoint?
- Use action buttons to create hotspots on the image map
- Draw a rectangle around the area that will be the hotspot on the image map
- Link a hotspot on an image map to a specific slide
- Select the slide the hotspot will link to
- Options in the PowerPoint Action Options dialog box
- Format AutoShape image maps to make hotspot transparent
- Rectangular dot on image card is now transparent
- Check the hotspot on the image card in slideshow mode.
- Check the hotspot on the image map
What is an image map?
An image map is a graphical object with many hotspots or transparent hyperlinks to other objects or websites. For example – in a photo with a variety of women’s clothing, if you click on a dress, you will be taken to another slide or website with all the information about the dresses; when you click on a hat, you will be taken to a slide or website about hats, and so on.
How could you use an image map in PowerPoint?
On the following pages of examples, the fictitious ABC shoe company presents a PowerPoint presentation of the previous year’s sales. Hotspots or invisible links can be placed in those areas of the sales graph shown in the presentation. These hotspots link to the specific slide with the relevant data.
Use action buttons to create hotspots on the image map
To link a specific area – a hotspot – to an image map, you must first tell PowerPoint that the area will be a hyperlink to another location.
In the example ABC shoe company we will link certain parts of the bar chart to other slides in the presentation.
Select Slideshow > Action Buttons > Custom † The custom button is the first button in the top row of buttons.
Draw a rectangle around the area that will be the hotspot on the image map
Draw a box around the area on the bar graph that will be the first hot spot on the image map. Don’t worry about the color of the rectangle. The color will become invisible later.
Link a hotspot on an image map to a specific slide
In the region of Hyperlink to dialog box Action options click the drop-down arrow to view the different options.
Several unnamed slides such as:
Last slide, etc.
end of the show
Specific slide title
Specific URL on the web
Other PowerPoint presentations
In this example, select the option slide… to select a specific slide title.
Select the slide the hotspot will link to
In the dialog box Hyperlink to a slide select the title of the slide the hotspot will link to in the image map. Click Okay when you have made your choice.
Options in the PowerPoint Action Options dialog box
In the dialog box Action options Several pairing options are available.
- Hyperlink to – as shown in step 4
- Run the program – this option starts another program when clicking on a hyperlink.
- run macro – this option runs the macro in this presentation.
- Play sound – this option starts playing the audio file you have included in the presentation.
Remark. † All these hyperlink options are available in mouse click or move your mouse (when the mouse hovers just over the mouse pointer). topic).
Format AutoShape image maps to make hotspot transparent
Return to the slide with the newly drawn rectangle in the image map. Now we will make this rectangle invisible, but the link to the specific slide will remain.
Right-click on a rectangle in the image map.
A dialog box will open AutoShape Layout †
Selecting the tab Colors and lines drag the slider next to Transparency to 100% and then press the button Okay †
Rectangular dot on image card is now transparent
The rectangle you drew earlier is now transparent. When you click where you drew it, selection handles appear to define the shape of the hotspot.
Check the hotspot on the image card in slideshow mode.
Check your hotspot on the image map by viewing the slide in slideshow mode.
Select Slideshow > Show Show or press the key F5 on keyboard.
Go through the slideshow to view the image card slide.
Move your mouse pointer over the hotspot. The mouse pointer should change to an icon hand to indicate that this area is a hyperlink to another location.
Check the hotspot on the image map
Click the hotspot on the image map to see if it connects the way you want. In this example, the access point associated with is: revenue in the third quarter passed successfully.
Once this process is complete, you can add other hotspots to this image map that link to other slides or websites.