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Linking Between Slides in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn how you can link between slides in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows.


Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and higher

While you can link from an anchor object on a slide to almost anywhere, you will certainly want first to explore how you can link between slides in the same presentation. This is simple to do, and also very useful because it lets you use your presentation in a non-linear way and you are not limited to viewing your slides in a sequential order.

Follow these steps to learn more:

  1. Open any presentation that has several slides. Since this is a test presentation, make sure you work on a presentation you no longer need. Alternatively, create a copy of your presentation and work on it. Now select an anchor on any slide. An “anchor” is any slide object that you can select, as explained in our Anatomy of a Link tutorial. As you can see in Figure 1, we selected a basic Rectangle Shape.

    Select your anchor
    Figure 1: Select your anchor
  2. With your shape selected, access the Insert tab of the Ribbon. Then click the Hyperlink button as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2, below.

    The Hyperlink button
    Figure 2: The Hyperlink button
  3. You can also press the Ctrl + K keyboard shortcut instead of clicking the Hyperlink button. Want more keyboard shortcuts? Get a copy of our PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences e-book.

    This will bring up the Insert Hyperlink dialog box that you can see in Figure 3. Make sure you select the Place in This Document option in the sidebar, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3.

    Choose a location within the active presentation
    Figure 3: Choose a location within the active presentation
  4. You will now see a list of all slides within the active presentation – these are found in the Select a place in this document area. If there are many slides, you can scroll down and choose the slide you want. Once you have selected a slide to link to, click the OK button, highlighted in blue within Figure 3, above.
  5. Once the hyperlink is applied, play the presentation in Slide Show view. Click the anchor to test the hyperlink.

Show and Return

Notice the Show and return checkbox highlighted in green within Figure 3 is grayed out? This option is only available if you have a Custom Show selected within your Select a place in this document area.

In Figure 4, you will notice that we have selected an existing Custom Show within the Select a place in this document area. Moreover, now the Show and return check-box highlighted in green is no longer grayed out.

Show and return check-box
Figure 4: Show and return

So what does selecting this check-box do? If you click on an anchor, and that brings up a Custom Show, then at the end of the Custom Show, you will be returned to the same slide that contained your anchor! As you can see, this is an excellent way to make so much interactivity happen in your PowerPoint presentation, using a combination of Hyperlink and Custom Show options.
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