Microsoft PowerPoint 2007: Action Links

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PowerPoint gives users the flexible option to add links to their presentation that will open on demand without distracting the audience.

Using action links saves time and improves the flow of the entire presentation. Action links can be set up to open another presentation, files, programs URLs, or to reference another slide within the current presentation.

To add an action link, follow the steps below:

  1. Select the text to add a link to.
  2. Click on the Insert tab located on the Ribbon.
  3. Click on the Action icon under the links heading.
  4. A window should appear and give the option for the link to open by Mouse Click or Mouse Over (moving the mouse over the link without clicking). Click on the tab you prefer.

Once the tab is selected, the option is provided to select Hyperlink or Run Program.

Click on Hyperlink or Run Program and follow the information below:

If Hyperlink:

  • Choose one of the options available from the drop down menu.
  • If file is chosen find the file in the directory and press OK.
  • If URL is chosen, enter the URL directly into the box in proper format.
  • Press OK.
  • If a slide is chosen, click the title slide in the box provided and press OK.

If another presentation is chosen, find the file that contains the presentation in the director and press OK.

If Run Program:

  • Click the Browse button next to the text box under Run Program.
  • Select the program in the directory and click OK.
  • Click the OK button once more and the link should be ready to run within your presentation.

Depending upon your security settings, you may be asked to approve content before the File, program or URL will open.

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