How to Create an Hyperlink in PowerPoint and Google Slides

How to create an hyperlink in PowerPoint and Google Slides

Hyperlinks are an interactive feature in PowerPoint and Google Slides. 

Some information in your slides will come in hyperlinks or links. This guide will show you how to create a hyperlink in PowerPoint to reference web pages, images, e-mails, a current slide in your document, and other files you wish to include in your presentation.

How to Insert Hyperlink in PowerPoint

You can use Links to access information conveniently. In PowerPoint, you can link web pages, images, e-mails, existing files, and another slide in your presentation.

Creating Hyperlinks for Web Pages

1) On your slide, highlight the portion of text you want your hyperlink to be added (the anchor). For shapes like text boxes, click the border of the text box.

2) Next, go to the Insert tab. On the links group, click Link. Alternatively, right-click, and you can also find the Link option there.

Insert tab add hyperlink icon PowerPoint Ribbon.

3) A dialog box will pop up. By default, you’ll see the Current Folder tab. On the Address portion, insert the link to the web page you want to add.

File Chooser Insert hyperlink dialog window PowerPoint

Important: Your highlighted text will appear in the Text to Display bar. For shapes however, << Selection in Document >> will appear.

4) Select OK.

5) Check by clicking the word or shape and see if it leads to the web page.

Link Images in PowerPoint and Other Files

1) Highlight the word or object in the slide that you want to link images or files into.

2) Right-click and select Link.

Important: If you hover on the right arrow, you can also see the Recent Items that you’ve linked.

3) Use the Look in search bar to quickly locate your image or file on your computer. You can also link videos, word documents, excel files, and even your recent presentations.

Look in search bar to quickly locate your image or file on your computer.

4) Once found, the file path of your image or file will appear on the Address bar.

5) Finally, click OK.

6) Check by hovering your cursor over the hyperlink. You should see the file path of your image/file. Also, click to see if it works properly.

Link to a Slide in your Presentation

You can link slides in your PowerPoint presentation using two ways: via the Action buttons (Shapes)  and through Links. Both can be found in the Insert Ribbon.

Link a Slide via Action Buttons (Shapes)

1) From the Insert tab, click Shapes. Scroll at the bottom to find the Action buttons. Pick a design that will fit the action you want to perform. 

insert action buttons from insert shape menu

2) After selecting, left-click and drag your mouse to draw out the Action button. When done, a dialog box will appear.

3) Enable the Hyperlink option by clicking the button next to it, then choose the appropriate action that you’ll run.

select next slide when insert action button

Important: You can also run programs with your action button by enabling the Run program option. Click Browse to search for the program you want to run.

4) Click OK when done.

Link a Slide via Object Anchor

1) Click the object you want to insert the hyperlink into.

2) Go to the Insert tab and click Link.

3) From the main tabs, click Place in This Document. An outline of your presentation will show up. Select the slide you want to be linked to the object.

insert link to other slide in PowerPoint

4) Click OK.

Creating Hyperlinks for an Email Address

1) Highlight the word or phrase you want to link an E-mail address into.

2) Right-click and select Link. From the main tabs, select E-mail Address.

3) Fill out the empty E-mail address and Subject fields. You can also see your recently used E-mail addresses in the box below.

insert hyperlink in PowerPoint to email address

4) Click OK when done.

How to Insert Hyperlinks in Google Slides

In Google Slides, hyperlinks are also called Links. You can use them to link a webpage, a file in your Google Drive, or a slide in your presentation.

Link a Web Page using Link

1) Open your presentation in Google Slides.

2) Select the object you want to link the web page into. For a word or phrase, highlight the necessary parts.

3) Go to Insert then click Link. Alternatively, right-click and select Link from the options.

insert links in google slides

Important: You can easily access this feature by pressing Ctrl+K on Windows and Cmd+K on Mac.

4) On the search bar, paste your web page link. Then select Apply.

Link a Slide in your Google Slides Presentation

1) Select the object/phrase you want your slide or file to be linked to.

2) Right-click and click Link. On the bottom of the dialog box, click Slides in this presentation.

3) Choose where your slide is located from the options. You can also pick the next, previous, first, and last slides.

insert link to google slides in presentation

4) Enter the file name in the search bar for files in your Drive.

5) Check by clicking on the object/phrase if it navigates to the correct slide/file.

Final Thoughts

Those are all the methods to follow when using hyperlinks or links in your presentations. It’s a great feature to make your slides look complete and connected. Take note that the formatting of the word or phrase may look different when inserting a link to it, but don’t worry as it can be easily adjusted.

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