How to create a Hyperlink in PowerPoint? When you use the internet, you use so-called hyperlinks to navigate from one web page to another. If you want to include a URL or e-mail in your PowerPoint presentation, you can choose to format the link as a helpful hyperlink so you can easily click on it. It is also possible to link to files outside your presentation, local files on your computer, as well as videos on e.g. YouTube or Vimeo.
It is actually straightforward to create a hyperlink in PowerPoint, just follow the steps below. However, there are a lot of delicate adjustments and tweaks you can apply to the hyperlinks in PowerPoint to make these look and feel a lot more professional. Read the full article for more information.
- Select the text you want to click to get to the Hyperlink.
- Right-click the selected text, and then click Link
- The Insert Hyperlink dialog box opens.
Hyperlinks in PowerPoint Explained
Hyperlinks in PowerPoint can look different in several ways. They can simply display the web page or e-mail address you are linking to, or you can select a specific text to display instead of the entire link. This is by far the easiest way to use hyperlinks in PowerPoint.
To visualize what it can look like for real. The following texts are hyperlinks to my channel on YouTube, where you can find more videos with PowerPoint tutorials. The following text is a hyperlink that displays the URL exactly as it is, which is very clear: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC62BG_xfS4kw6scMlKpTS_g
If you want a cleaner text, you can integrate the Hyperlink into a piece of text, for example, as follows: Feel free to visit my YouTube channel where you will find videos with PowerPoint tutorials. In my opinion, this is a more delicate and more professional way to create a hyperlink in PowerPoint.
Okay, now we know what a hyperlink looks like and that you can vary the look. Now let me show you how to actually create these hyperlinks in PowerPoint.
How to Create a Hyperlink in PowerPoint
It is actually really simple to create a hyperlink in PowerPoint, just follow the steps below. However, there are a lot of delicate adjustments and tweaks you can apply to the hyperlinks in PowerPoint to make these look and feel a lot more professional. Read the full article for more information.
Select the text you want to click to get to the Hyperlink.
Right-click the selected text, and then click Link
The Insert Hyperlink dialog box opens.
As you can see in the menu on the left of the dialog, you have four different options to choose from.
- Existing File or Web Page
- Place in This Document
- Create New Document
- E-mail Address
The three most relevant hyperlinks I will discuss below. The one I will not focus on is “Create New Document”, mostly because I rarely use it and the principle is the same as for the other methods of how to create a hyperlink in PowerPoint.
How to Create a Hyperlink to an Existing File or Web Page in PowerPoint
Creating a hyperlink to an existing file or web page in PowerPoint is by far the most common method of creating a hyperlink in PowerPoint. When you have the Insert Hyperlink dialog open, click on “Existing File or Web Page” in the menu on the left.
If you have selected a piece of text, this will appear at the top of the “Text to Display” field. If you have not chosen a piece of text, you can write a text that you want to represent your Hyperlink in PowerPoint.
Then, you can choose to either link to a folder on your computer, or enter a web page at the bottom of the “Address” field. Be careful when linking to local files on your computer. If you were to e-mail your PowerPoint presentation to a colleague or move it to another computer, you could not access the file you linked to.
How to create a hyperlink in PowerPoint to a website? It’s super simple! Just enter the URL you want to link to at the bottom and click OK.
How to Create a Hyperlink to a Place in the Same Document in PowerPoint
Sometimes it can be a good idea to make internal hyperlinks in a document in PowerPoint. This is especially useful if you have large slide decks and want to make a table of content with clickable headings, or if you wish to link to the appendix in the same PowerPoint presentation.
However, how to create a hyperlink in PowerPoint to a slide in the same document. It is also very easy!
Edit “Text to display” if you want a text, otherwise the text representing the Hyperlink will be the same as the title of the slide, such as Slide 1, Slide 2, etc.
Then you select the slide you want to create a hyperlink to. If you are not sure if you have linked to the correct slide in PowerPoint, you will find “Slide preview” to the right of the list of slides.
When you find the right slide, click OK, and you’re done!
How to Create a Hyperlink to an E-mail Address in PowerPoint
Creating a hyperlink in PowerPoint that represents an e-mail address is just as simple as the methods above. Here you select “Text to display”, which e-mail the Hyperlink in PowerPoint should represent, then click OK.
A useful feature when creating a hyperlink to an e-mail is that you can select a “subject” by default. This way, you can choose a subject that allows you to track your e-mail from this particular PowerPoint presentation.
Now you probably have a good idea of how to create a hyperlink in PowerPoint. However, there are a few other tips and tricks that are good to know when working with hyperlinks in PowerPoint.
Test your Hyperlink in PowerPoint before publishing
When your Hyperlink in PowerPoint is complete, it is easy to test it so that it links to the correct destination. Sometimes it can go a little bit fast when we create PowerPoint presentations, and you may have accidentally pasted the wrong link into your Hyperlink.
I once got a PowerPoint presentation with a hyperlink to a financial report. The problem was that when I clicked the link I was redirected to a YouTube video that had nothing at all to do with the financial report I thought I would read.
It is easy to happen that something different from what you think in your mind when you press Ctrl + V. Therefore, it is super important to always go through all your Hyperlink before publishing your presentation. Okay, now you know how to create a hyperlink in PowerPoint. You will have a document filled with blue underlined text – but how to change hyperlink color in PowerPoint?
How to Change Hyperlink Color in PowerPoint
Once you have created your hyperlinks, they will always be so good looking. It is a cold blue underlined text that may differ a lot from your graphic profile. If you do not like this, I recommend you to change hyperlink color in PowerPoint. It’s easier than you think.
Select the hyperlink text for which you want to change color.
Navigate to Home, continue to Font and click on the arrow to the right of “A”.
Here you can change hyperlink color to the color you think fits your PowerPoint presentation best.
Use a Shape or image as a hyperlink in PowerPoint
Sometimes you may want to format objects – including shapes, text boxes, and images – as hyperlinks. This is especially valuable if you want the item to function as a kind of button. To do this, right-click on the desired item and select “Link” from the pop-up menu.
Now you do just as you did to create a hyperlink represented by text. More complicated than that, it is not to create a hyperlink in PowerPoint represented by an image or an object.
Thank you for reading! As usual, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you have any ideas for future articles and tutorials. Concat me on social media or at email@example.com yes, it is a hyperlink 😉
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Rasmus has created +10,000 slides, presented them to University professors, business professionals, and senior decision-makers – with great success. Exercise provides skills, and I want to use my skills to teach you how to become proficient at PowerPoint and be more efficient in your studies or work.