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How to Create a Mouseover Text Effect

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The fastest (and easiest) way to pull off the mouseover or roll over text effect in PowerPoint (also known as an image popup effect), is using the ScreenTip functionality of hyperlinks.

Yes, you can use hyperlinks to add navigational features to your PowerPoint presentation, but more often than not, it’s the ScreenTip functionality of hyperlinks that is the most useful.

Doing this will allow you to make a portion of a map stand out and highlight only the elements you want to point out.

PowerPoint MouseOver Text Step #4 - Final Effect

Video tutorial

Step by step

Step #1: Add a Hyperlink to an Object

Select the object that you want to display the mouseover text for in your PowerPoint presentation and launch the insert hyperlink dialog box, which you can do one of two ways:

#1) Right-click the object, and in the right-click menu select “Hyperlink” to open the Insert Hyperlink dialog box.

PowerPoint MouseOver Text Step #1A - Open Hyperlink Dialog Box with Callouts
PowerPoint MouseOver Text Step #1B - Hyperlink Dialog Box

Shortcut for inserting a hyperlink

If you plan on using lots of hyperlinks, you’ll want to memorize the following keyboard shortcut.

This shortcut immediately opens the insert hyperlink dialog box. With the dialog box open, you can also hit ALT+P to open the ScreenTip functionality, which as you’ll see in step #3 below, is where you input the text you want to pop-up.

For more time saving shortcuts, check out our article on the 120+ PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts and how to use them.

Step #2: Navigate to ‘Place in This Document’

Within the Insert Hyperlink dialog box, navigate to the ‘Place In This Document’ section on the left, and then on the right, select the slide that you are creating the hyperlink on.

This ensures that if you accidentally activate the hyperlink in Slideshow Mode (by clicking on it) you  remain on the same slide within your presentation.

PowerPoint MouseOver Text Step #2 - Hyperlink to this slide

Step #3: Open the ScreenTip Dialog Box

In the upper right-hand corner of the dialog box, select the ScreenTip button to launch the Set Hyperlink ScreenTip dialog box.

Within the dialog box, type the text you wish to be displayed when you bring your mouse over your object in the Slideshow Mode of your presentation. In this case I’ve typed the number of electoral votes.

PowerPoint MouseOver Text Step #3A - add the screentip

Note: Text Limit – You are limited to 256 characters (including spaces) for the ScreenTip text as shown in the diagram below. 256 characters equates to approximately 48 words…so choose your mouseover text wisely.

PowerPoint MouseOver Text Step #3B - Text Limit

Note: There is no spell check functionality within the Set Hyperlink ScreenTip dialog box, so double check your spelling before closing this dialog box. Once you have your ScreenTip text ready to go, click OK  to close out of the hyperlink dialog boxes and return to your slide.

Once you have your ScreenTip text ready to go, click OK  to close out of the hyperlink dialog boxes and return to your slide.

Step #4: Displaying Your Mouseover Text

Now in the Normal View of your presentation, to display your mouseover text, hit SHIFT + F5 to launch the Slideshow Mode from your current slide. Hover your mouse cursor over the object with the hyperlink, and the ScreenTip should appear and display your text.

Notice that as we set the hyperlink to navigate to this specific slide, even if you accidentally click the object, you remain here on this same slide within your presentation.

PowerPoint MouseOver Text Step #4 - Final Effect

Want to see what else you can do with this trick and this map?

See our post on how to hook up appear and disappear animations to trigger objects to change the states' color on each click.

Also, you can use this trick to have text appear to create the effect of highlighting when hovering over text.

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Updated on October 1, 2018

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