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Create a Hyperlink to a New Email Message in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn how you can create a new email message with a hyperlink in PowerPoint 2013.


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

We already explored how you can link from an anchor object to any slide within the active presentation. However, this sort of linking is only the beginning of the possibilities for linking that PowerPoint 2013 provides. To take this to the next level, we will learn how you can link from an anchor object to any other PowerPoint presentation. In fact, you can also link to a particular slide in another presentation too!

Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Open a presentation with a few slides. Since we will be making changes to your slides, make sure you work with a presentation you no longer need. Or even better, you can create and use a duplicated copy of your presentation. 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 that has the words Send Feedback written.

    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 + Kkeyboard 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 E-mail Address option in the sidebar, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3.

    Link to an email address
    Figure 3: Link to an email address
  4. Type in the email address you want emails to be sent to within the E-mail address field, highlighted in red within Figure 4, below. Notice that when you type in the email address, PowerPoint will automatically fill in the mailto: prefix. You can also type in a subject for the email within the Subject field, highlighted in blue within Figure 4. Then click the OK button, highlighted in green within Figure 4.

    Add your email address and the Subject line
    Figure 4: Add your email address and the Subject line
  5. Once the hyperlink is applied, play the presentation in Slide Show view. Click the link and your default email application will show up, possibly with the subject line already filled in (see Figure 5).

    E-mail with the subject line
    Figure 5: E-mail with the subject line

Reuse Email Addresses

Revisit the dialog box we showed you in Figure 4, and you will see the large white area that represents Recently used e-mail addresses. Once you use this option to link to an email address often, PowerPoint will remember your last used email addresses, and will make them available within this hitherto empty area, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 6 below.

Reuse email addresses
Figure 6: Reuse email addresses

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