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How to Hyperlink in PowerPoint


PowerPoint hyperlinks allow you to jump around within your presentation or open documents outside of your presentation without leaving slide show mode. Common things you might use hyperlinks for are:

  • Hyperlinking to another slide in your presentation
  • Open a document on your computer
  • Open another PowerPoint presentation or slide show
  • Create a pop-up text effect in PowerPoint

Note: Tables and groups of objects cannot be used as hyperlinks.

Video tutorial

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These keyboard shortcuts work in PowerPoint 2007, PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2013 and PowerPoint 2016.

To hyperlink to another slide in PowerPoint, simply select the text or object (see hyperlink best practices below) that you want to use as your trigger to jump to another slide and open the Hyperlink dialog box

To create a hyperlink to another slide.

  • Select the text or an object in your slide
  • Open the Insert Hyperlink dialog box (CTRL + K on your keyboard)
  • Within the dialog box, Select 'Place in this Document' on the left
  • Choose the slide you want to hyperlink to
  • Click 'Okay'
With the hyperlink added, you can now jump to the slide you selected in Slideshow mode by clicking on the link with your mouse. See the video tutorial above for help.

When given the choice, the general best practice is to hyperlink your objects rather than your text. That’s because you have little control over the default hyperlink text formatting as pictured below.

Both objects in the picture above have the same exact hyperlink applied to them. As you can see, when the hyperlink is applied to the object instead of the text, you don’t get the default hyperlink text formatting.

 On top of that, the reason that hyperlinked text is not popular, is that the text color changes after you have used it once as you can see below.

If you do decide to use Text Hyperlinks in your slides, you can always change the used hyperlink formatting by resetting your hyperlinks.

To reset a text hyperlink:

  • Select the hyperlinked text
  • Open the Insert Hyperlink dialog box (CTRL + K on your keyboard)
  • Immediately click okay

Clicking ‘Okay’ automatically resets the used hyperlink formatting back to the default unused text hyperlink formatting.

To remove a hyperlink in PowerPoint:

  • Select the hyperlinked text or hyperlinked PowerPoint object
  • Right-click
  • In the right-click menu select ‘Remove Link’

First off, Hyperlinks are meant to work in Slideshow Mode. So before troubleshooting your hyperlinks, make sure you have tried it first in the Slide Show mode of your presentation.

If your hyperlink is not working, the likely cause is that whatever your hyperlink is pointing to has been deleted, moved or is in a location you cannot get to (like a file on someone’s computer).

To fix your hyperlink so it works again:

  • Make sure you have access to the file, slide or location you want to hyperlink to
  • Select your hyperlinked text or object
  • Open the insert hyperlink dialog box (CTRL + K on your keyboard)
  • Set up your hyperlink to the correct slide, document or location on your computer
  • Click 'Okay'

Clicking 'Okay,' the hyperlink should work again now that you’ve set it back up to the correct location or file.

Create a pop-up text effect

Another clever use of hyperlinks in PowerPoint is to leverage the ScreenTip functionality to create the pop-up text effect in PowerPoint.

For an example of what this looks like and how to set it up, see how to create the pop-up text effect in PowerPoint.

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Updated on December 10, 2017

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