How to Add a Hyperlink to a Powerpoint Presentation


Want to link to a website, document, or email address in your presentation? Here’s how to create hyperlinks in Microsoft PowerPoint.

PowerPoint is a great tool used for presentations and collaborative projects. But sometimes you might need a little more than just slides in your presentation. If you want to make your PowerPoint presentations more effective and informative, adding a hyperlink is a great way to do it.

When your presentations are hyperlinked, you can connect your information to a separate resource such as a separate webpage or document. In this article, we will show you different ways to add a hyperlink to your PowerPoint presentation.

If you are looking for a time-saving hack for Microsoft PowerPoint, this is it. Hyperlinks in PowerPoint allow you to quickly refer to a separate resource as part of your presentation. You are spoiled for choice when creating hyperlinks in PowerPoint, as there are several methods. To create a hyperlink, follow these instructions:

  1. Open your presentation in PowerPoint
  2. Select text you want to create a hyperlink.
  3. Right click on the text and select Link.
  4. Insert the website link in the address box and click OKAY.
  5. If you are linking the text to a file on your PC, use the Look in box to locate your file.

The intent behind inserting a hyperlink on a platform like Microsoft PowerPoint is a bit different from inserting a hyperlink in Google Docs, where you would want your readers to know that the text leads to a link. When giving a presentation, being unpredictable can work to your advantage, and having an underlined hyperlink in your presentation kills the fun of spontaneity.

PowerPoint does not have a designated setting to remove underline from hyperlink text. Fortunately, there is a way around this. You can do this by adding a hyperlink shape above your text instead. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the hyperlink text.
  2. Right-click the hyperlink text and select Remove Hyperlink.
  3. Head toward Insertthen click Shapesand choose a shape that would easily cover the text, like a rectangle.
  4. Drag the shape so that it covers the text.
  5. Right-click the shape and select Link.
  6. Insert your link in the address bar and click OKAY.
  7. Right-click the shape again and select Format the shape.
  8. Below To fillselect No fillingand under Lineselect no line.

If you’re not a fan of the default color added to the hyperlink text, you can change the color of all the hyperlink text to suit the mood of your presentation. Here’s how:

  1. Open your presentation and go to Design in the top menu bar.
  2. In the Variants section, click the down arrow.
  3. Select Colorsthen head to Customize colors.
  4. In the Create new theme colors box that opens, click Hyperlink to create a new theme color.
  5. Select to safeguard.

How to use action buttons

An action button is something you can create in PowerPoint to link an object or text to a website, another slide in your presentation, a separate presentation, and other resources. To create a hyperlink to an action button, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Select or highlight the text or object you want to hyperlink.
  2. In the top menu bar, click Insert.
  3. In the Connections section, select Stock.
  4. Click on Hyperlink tofrom the drop-down menu, and select where you want the action button to lead.
  5. Select OKAY once you have entered the hyperlink details.

How to Create a Custom Slideshow with Hyperlink

If you want to present a mini slideshow as part of your larger presentation, you can hyperlink to a custom slideshow, but you must create one first. Here’s how:

  1. Open your presentation and navigate to Slideshow.
  2. Click on Custom Slideshowthen select Personalized shows.
  3. Select New in the corner of the pop-up window.
  4. Type a name for your custom show in the field Slideshow name box.
  5. Check the boxes for the slides you want to appear in your custom slideshow, then click To add.
  6. Use the buttons on the right to rearrange the order of your slides, then click OKAY.
  7. You will see the pop-up window Personalized shows window again; click on Spectacle to see what your custom slideshow looks like.

Now that you’ve created a custom slideshow, you can hyperlink to text or an object in your presentation.

  1. Select the text you want to hyperlink.
  2. Right-click on the text and select Link.
  3. Below Linked tohead toward Place in this document.
  4. Scroll down and click Personalized shows.
  5. Select the custom show you want to present, then check the box Show and return box on the right.

Improve your PowerPoint presentation skills

If you want to add value to your PowerPoint presentation, adding hyperlinks is an easy way to connect your slides to other resources. It’s also a great way to show off your presentation skills and engage your audience.

Whether you want to link text to a webpage or give your audience a subset of slides by linking a custom slideshow, it’s all possible in Microsoft PowerPoint.


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