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Automatic Text Hyperlinks in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn how to control automatic text hyperlinking in PowerPoint 2013.


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

Type or paste a web URL in your PowerPoint slide, and then press either the Enter or the Spacebar key. Presto, your web URL is now a live hyperlink, as you can see in Figure 1, below.

Web URLs become hyperlinks
Figure 1: Web URLs become hyperlinks

Now this automatic conversion to hyperlinks can be a mixed blessing. In some ways, it can be beneficial because most of the time, this automatic conversion may just be what you need! In other scenarios, you may get offended by PowerPoint’s hand holding. Luckily, there are ways in which you can control this automatic conversion. You can turn off this automatic hyperlinking for a single link, and you can also toggle on and off this conversion altogether!

First, let’s explore the easy way. When you press Enter or Spacebar, your URL become a live hyperlink. Additionally, you will see an AutoCorrect Options tag, also known as a Smart tag (see Figure 2). Clicking on the tag will bring up a small menu.

Smart tag
Figure 2: Smart tag

Options in this menu are explained below:

  1. Undo Hyperlink lets you undo the action of creating an automatic hyperlink. This is the same as pressing the Ctrl + Z shortcut key (or even the Undo button in the Home tab of the Ribbon).
  2. Stop Automatically Creating Hyperlinks does just that. It will no longer create automatic hyperlinks. To turn on automatic hyperlinking again, you will have to change an option that we will discuss later in this tutorial.
  3. Control AutoCorrect Options opens up the AutoCorrect dialog box that you can see in Figure 3. Here you can deselect the check-box that says Internet and network paths with hyperlinks (highlighted in red). Click the OK button when done.

    AutoCorrect dialog
    Figure 3: AutoCorrect dialog

As you can see, you turn off the automatic hyperlink feature by using the second and third options in the preceding list! So what if you accidentally turn this option off? How do you turn it back? Here’s how:

  1. Click the File tab, and from the resultant menu choose Options. This opens the PowerPoint Options dialog box -- make sure you choose Proofing from the sidebar of this dialog box (refer to Figure 4).

    Proofing options
    Figure 4: Proofing options
  2. Now, click the AutoCorrect Options button (highlighted in red within Figure 4 above). This opens the AutoCorrect dialog box. Select the AutoFormat As You Type tab (refer to Figure 3, previously shown in this page).
  3. Make sure that the Internet and network paths with hyperlinks check-box is checked. Click the OK button. Now the automatic hyperlinking will happen again as usual!

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