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Default Behaviors for Action Buttons in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Explore different types of Action buttons and their default behaviors in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. The benefit of default behaviors is that everyone expects a Home Action button to go to the Home slide, or the Info Action button to lead to a slide with information.

We already showed how you can insert Action Buttons in PowerPoint 2010. Once inserted, you can do so much more with these Action Buttons—what sets these Action Buttons apart from other shapes 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 Shapes gallery, which can be accessed from the Insert or Home tabs of the Ribbon. Figure 1 shows the Action Buttons category within the Shapes gallery.


Figure 1: Action buttons category within the Shapes gallery



Tip: To learn how you can insert an Action Button, explore our Action Buttons in PowerPoint 2010 tutorial.

Action Buttons are of 12 types. These are explained below, from left to right as shown in Figure 1, above:

  1. Back or Previous: Takes you to the previous slide.
  2. Forward or Next: Takes you to the next slide.
  3. Beginning: Goes to the first slide of the active presentation.
  4. End: Takes you directly to the last slide in the presentation, skipping all slides in between.
  5. Home: Moves to the first slide of the presentation.
  6. 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.
  7. Return: When clicked, takes you to the most recently viewed slide.
  8. Movie: No default behavior for this Action Button type, typically is used to interact with a movie (video) file.
  9. 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.
  10. Sound: No default behavior for this Action Button type, typically is used to interact with a sound (audio) file.
  11. 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.
  12. Custom: No default behavior for this Action Button type, this typically has no icon, and you can use as required.

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 Behaviors for Action Buttons in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac