When you are creating a Powerpoint 2010 presentation for an audience that will be viewing the slideshow on a computer, it can be beneficial to include as many visually appealing elements and resources as possible. This can be through the use of relevant videos or images, or by providing a link to a website that explores the topic. Most people identify a link as blue underlined text, which is the default color that Powerpoint 2010 uses on their default layout. But if you are using a custom layout, or if your slideshow is incorporating one of the options on the Design tab, then you may wind up with an unusual hyperlink color. Fortunately you can configure this option, so it is possible to learn how to change the color of a hyperlink in Powerpoint 2010.
Choose Your Hyperlink Color in Powerpoint 2010
One of the biggest hangups most people have when they are trying to figure out how to change hyperlink colors in Powerpoint 2010 is the thought process that Powerpoint 2010 defines links the same way that the define text. The hyperlink color in Powerpoint 2010 is actually set in your chosen theme, and must be edited from that menu.
1. Begin by opening the Powerpoint 2010 presentation that contains the hyperlink you wish to edit.
2. Click the Design tab at the top of the window. Your current theme will be selected, as indicated by the rectangular orange highlight around the theme’s thumbnail.
3. Click the Colors drop-down menu at the top-right part of the Themes section of the ribbon, then click Create New Theme Colors.
4. Click the drop-down menu to the right of Hyperlink, then choose your preferred link color for hyperlinks in this presentation. Unless you know that you want your followed hyperlinks to appear as a different color, you may also want to consider setting the Followed Hyperlink color to the same color as that set for your regular Hyperlink value.
5. Click the Save button.
If you want to set multiple different hyperlink colors for one presentation, then you are going to have to set a different theme for each slide that will contain a different color hyperlink. You can accomplish this by selecting your desired slide from the column at the left side of the window, then right-clicking the theme for that slide and choosing Apply to Selected Slides.
Note that it is possible to use the same design theme for your entire presentation, but still have different color hyperlinks on each slide. When you change the settings for a theme, Powerpoint 2010 will place that theme with the new settings at the beginning of your theme list.
You will notice in the image above that my edited Angles theme is at the beginning of the list, while the original is still in its’ default position. Just choose to apply the original theme to each successive slide (making sure to check the Apply to Selected Slides option each time), then create a new theme by changing the values for the default. For example, if you have ten different slides with different hyperlink colors, all using the same theme, then you should have ten thumbnails for that theme at the beginning of your themes list.