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Default Behaviors for Action Buttons in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Explore the different types of Action buttons, and their default behavior in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X

Date Created: January 11th 2012
Last Updated: January 11th 2012






Once you place an Action Button on your slide in PowerPoint 2011, you can make them do all sorts of actions when clicked. What sets Action Buttons apart from other shape types in PowerPoint is the iconography they contain. For most users, an icon such as a leftwards arrow indicates moving to the previous slide and a rightwards arrow does indicate progressing to the next slide. Another advantage of these icon-equipped Action Buttons is that they are language independent, and can work very well in multi-language and international presentations. In this tutorial you are going to explore the different types of Action Buttons, and their default behaviors.

You are already aware that Action Buttons can be found within the Shape Browser, or the Shape gallery, which can be accessed from the Home tab of the Ribbon. Figure 1 shows the Action Buttons category within the Shape gallery.

Action Buttons category within the Shape gallery
Figure 1:
Action Buttons category within the Shape gallery

Tip: To learn how you can insert an Action Button in PowerPoint 2011, explore our Action Buttons in PowerPoint 2011 tutorial.

Action Buttons are of 12 types -- these are explained below, from top left to bottom right in the Action Buttons sub-gallery as shown highlighted in red in Figure 1, above:

  1. Custom: No default behavior for this Action Button type -- this typically has no icon, and you can use as required.

    Custom Action Button

  2. Home: Moves to the first slide of the presentation.

    Home Action Button

  3. Help: No default behavior for this Action Button type -- typically you can use this to link to a slide that has help information, or a Q&A slide.

    Help Action Button

  4. Information: No default behavior for this Action Button type -- typically you can use this to link to a slide that has information, such as contact information.

    Information Action Button

  5. Back or Previous: Takes you to the previous slide.

    Back or Previous Action Button

  6. Forward or Next: Takes you to the next slide.

    Forward or Next Action Button

  7. Beginning: Goes to the first slide of the active presentation.

    Beginning Action Button

  8. End: Takes you directly to the last slide in the presentation, skipping all slides in between.

    End Action Button

  9. Return: When clicked, takes you to the most recently viewed slide.

    Return Action Button

  10. Document: No default behavior for this Action Button type -- mainly used to hyperlink to another document such as a Word document, Excel sheet, PDF, etc.

    Document Action Button

  11. Sound: No default behavior for this Action Button type -- typically is used to interact with a sound (audio) file.

    Sound Action Button

  12. Movie: No default behavior for this Action Button type -- typically is used to interact with a movie (video) file.

    Movie Action Button

Now that you have learned how to insert an Action Button, and what behaviors these Action Button types represent, we will explore editing hyperlinks for these Action Buttons.

See Also:

Default Behaviors for Action Buttons in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Default Behaviour for Action Buttons in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

 

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