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How to add and edit hyperlinks in PowerPoint

Send your audience off in all directions with links to everywhere.
January 26, 2023

There are so many different interactive elements that you can add to a PowerPoint presentation. Some of them include footers, watermarks, music, YouTube videos, slide numbers, speaker notes, and GIFs. But a presentation wouldn’t be complete without links. Hyperlinks in PowerPoint are a great way to provide additional information or resources to your audience. They allow you to connect different slides or external websites to your presentation, making it more interactive and engaging. Here’s how to add and edit hyperlinks in PowerPoint.

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How to insert a hyperlink in a PowerPoint presentation

First, select the object that you want to link to. This could be a shape, image, text, or even the entire slide. Once you’ve selected the object, right-click on it and choose Link from the options.

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Next, choose the type of link that you want to create. PowerPoint offers four options:

  • Existing File or Web Page — link to an external website or a file stored on your computer.
  • Place in this Document — link to a different slide within your presentation.
  • Create New Document — link to a new document or create a new slide.
  • Email Address — a link that opens an email client and pre-populates the recipient’s email address.
powerpoint different link types

Once you’ve chosen the type of link, you’ll need to enter the link destination.

  • If you’re linking to a different slide within your presentation, select the slide from the drop-down menu.
  • If you’re linking to an external website or file, enter the URL or browse to the file on your computer.
  • If you’re linking to an email address, enter the recipient’s email address.
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If you want, you can also add a ScreenTip. This is a small box that appears when you hover over a hyperlink. It provides additional information about the link, such as the link destination. To add a ScreenTip, click on the ScreenTip button and enter the text that you want to appear.

powerpoint screentip

If you need to make changes to a hyperlink, simply right-click on the object and choose Edit Hyperlink. This will open the hyperlink dialog box where you can make changes to the link destination, ScreenTip, or link type.

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Change the link color in PowerPoint

powerpoint change link text

If you have hyperlinked text on your slide and you wish to change the color of that text, then this is what you need to do.

Highlight the text with your cursor. A box will now appear with formatting options. Click the A icon with a colored bar underneath. These are the font color options. As you mouse over a color, the text color will automatically change. Click the color you want to change it permanently.

Remove a hyperlink in PowerPoint

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If you decide you no longer need the link anymore, simply right-click on the link and select Remove Link. Alternatively, if it is a text link, highlight it with your cursor. In the text formatting box that appears, click Remove Link.

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