The fastest (and easiest) way to pull off the mouseover text effect, or roll over text effect in PowerPoint, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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