How to Add Links to a PowerPoint Slide

By Tricia Goss

PowerPoint has a Hyperlink feature that facilitates the addition of links anywhere on your presentation. Adding links can make your presentation more informative, such as including a hyperlink to a website, or provide alternatives, such as when you link to another slide within the presentation. Enhance your presentations by reading on to learn how to add links to a PowerPoint.

Step 1

Open the PowerPoint presentation you want to edit, or create a new presentation.

Step 2

Click inside of a text box on the slide you want to contain a link. Select the text or an object you want your link connected to. For example, you can type a word or phrase and select it by dragging your mouse over it. Additionally, you can also insert a picture or clip art into your presentation, and then select it by clicking on it.

Step 3

Click the "Insert" tab, and then click "Hyperlink" in the Links group.

Step 4

Click "Existing File or Web Page" in the Link To column to add a link to an existing file on your computer or a Web page. Click the "Look In" drop-down box to navigate to the file or Web address you want as your link. Alternatively, you can enter the link's address in the "Address" field. Click "OK" to add the link.

Step 5

Click "Place in This Document" in the Link To column to create a link to another slide in your PowerPoint presentation. For example, you might want to be able to skip to the last slide or go back to the table of contents by clicking the link. Choose the slide you want to link to in the "Select a Place in This Document" box. Click the "OK" button to add the link.

Step 6

Click "Create New Document" in the Link To column to add a link to a new document that you intend to create. Enter a name for the new document in the "Name of New Document" field, and then click the appropriate radio button in the When to Edit section. For example, click the "Edit the New Document Later" radio button to edit the new document at a later time. Click "OK" to add the link.

Step 7

Click "Email Address" in the Link To column to add a link to an email address. Enter the email address and subject in the appropriate fields, and then click the "OK" button.

Tips & Warnings

  • To insert a picture or clip art on a slide, click the "Insert" tab, and then click "Picture" in the Images group. Navigate to the image you want to add to your presentation.
  • Information in this article applies to Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly with other versions of the program.