While many people think of Powerpoint 2010 presentations as media that is meant to be viewed in a classroom or boardroom, many Powerpoint files are shared between individuals that are viewing them on their computers. If your target audience has access to a Web browser on the device or computer that they are using to view your presentation, you can take advantage of that functionality to incorporate a website into your slideshow. Learning how to hyperlink in Powerpoint 2010 will give you an extra tool in your Powerpoint arsenal that you can take advantage of to display the maximum amount of information to your audience.
Add a Link in your Powerpoint 2010 Slideshow
In case the terminology is not familiar, a hyperlink is an element that you can add to a piece of text or an image that makes that object clickable. When clicked, the hyperlink will redirect the clicker to the website defined in the link. For example, this text has a hyperlink and will take you to another article about embedding Youtube videos in Powerpoint 2010.
1. Begin this procedure by opening the Powerpoint presentation that contains the object to which you want to add a hyperlink.
2. Click the slide in the column at the left side of the window that contains the object you want to hyperlink.
3. Use your mouse to highlight the text you want to hyperlink, or click the image that you want to hyperlink. The image below shows a string of text that I want to hyperlink.
4. Click the Insert tab at the top of the window, then click the Hyperlink button in the Links section of the ribbon at the top of the window. Note that you can also right-click the selected object, then click Hyperlink from the shortcut menu.
5. Type the website address to which you want the viewer to be redirected into the Address field at the bottom of the window.
6. Click the OK button at the bottom of the window to apply your hyperlink to the selected object.
You can remove a hyperlink at any time by right-clicking the hyperlink, then clicking the Remove Hyperlink option.
You will notice at the left side of the Hyperlink window in step 5 that there are a couple of other hyperlink options available to you, including Place in this Document, Create New Document and E-mail Address. You can experiment with these to use hyperlinks to other locations besides websites