Presentations often include URLs of websites that provide additional information related to the presentation topic. When a presentation will be viewed electronically, the URLs can be formatted as hyperlinks so that the websites can be accessed directly from the presentation. Hyperlinks can also provide access to information that might be on a hidden slide in the presentation, or in a separate file.
TIP If you use Microsoft Outlook, you can also use a hyperlink to open an email message window so that people viewing the presentation can easily contact you.
Hyperlinks are most frequently in text format, but you can attach a hyperlink to any object—for example, an image such as a shape, logo, or picture. Clicking the hyperlinked object then takes you directly to the linked location. Editing the object does not disrupt the hyperlink; however, deleting the object also deletes the hyperlink.
The simplest method of creating a hyperlink is to enter a URL in a text box and then press the Enter key. PowerPoint automatically inserts the hyperlink and formats the URL so that people recognize it as a hyperlink.
If you want the same hyperlink to appear on every slide in a presentation, attach the hyperlink to text or an object on the presentation’s primary slide master. For information about slide masters, see “Display and change slide masters” in Chapter 12, “Create custom presentation elements,” of Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 Step by Step by Joan Lambert (Microsoft Press, 2015).
To attach a hyperlink to an object, follow these steps:
Select the object that you want to hyperlink from.
Open the Insert Hyperlink box by doing either of the following:
On the Insert tab, in the Links group, click Hyperlink.
In the Link to list, click the type of target you’re linking to. Often this is a webpage or another place in the file.