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Microsoft PowerPoint

This guide covers the basic tools in PowerPoint and offers some information about designing good PowerPoint slides.

Adding Hyperlinks

Hyperlinks in PowerPoint are similar to links you might have seen on a web site. They allow you to jump back and forth between specific slides in your presentation, to movie files that don’t work on PowerPoint slides, to other files, or to a webpage (if you are connected to the Internet). If you have an Internet connection, this is the easiest way to show YouTube or other videos that are already online, but remember, you will move from

 the PowerPoint presentation to the web browser. You’ll then need to click back to your presentation (or use Alt-Tab on the keyboard).



  1. Select the text or image that will have the hyperlink.
  2. Go to the Insert Ribbon and click on the Hyperlink icon in the Links Group.


  1. Paste the link in the Address: field.
  2. Click the OK button.

The hyperlink only works in the Slide Show View. Remember, you need to have a live connection to the Internet for this to work. If you’ve saved the file locally on your computer, you can navigate to it and then click the OK button.

Linking to Other Slides or Files

linking to other slides and files

If you want to link to another slide in your presentation,

  1. Highlight the text or image and click on the Actions icon in the Links Group.
  2. Change the radio button to Hyperlink to: and choose the appropriate item. Note that you can insert Internet hyperlinks (using the URL option) via this method as well as the way described above.
  3. Click OK when you are ready.