MS PowerPoint Chapter 7: Links


When creating links, it is very important that they are easy to identify and are not URLs. To make them visible for readers with disabilities, have the link stand out a little. A good way to make the link stand out is by underlining the link, and maybe changing the color. To make these changes,

  1. Copy a URL into Microsoft Powerpoint.

    A URL to YouTube's homepage
  2. Right-Click the URL and click Hyperlink.

  3. In the Edit Hyperlink Box, go to the Text to Display box and type in a name for the URL. Make it simple, like YouTube Homepage, or Fredonia Homepage.

    Edit Hyperlink Box. Text to Display says YouTube Homepage.

Rule 1: Always include meaningful text.

This link only has a URL, and no meaningful text to tell the reader where the link will take them.

This link displays meaningful text. It is easy for anyone to read it and know what will happen if they click it.

Rule 2: Do not include words like “Click Here” or “This Link”.

This link may look fine, but if someone was navigating just by links, there would not be any context for what the link is for.

Rule 3: The full hyperlink should be included in the document.

Rule 4: Be sure that the link text is not redundant.

Linking from one slide to another should be avoided. However, there is an exception is if you are presenting the slide show yourself and know the way through the slides.