Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Inserting Action Buttons
INSIDE OUT Apply mouse click and mouse over actions to any object
There’s nothing magical about the action button shapes. True, when you insert one
on a slide the Action Settings dialog box opens automatically, and each button has a
predeined action assigned to it. But actions that take place on mouse click or mouse
over can be assigned to any object—other shapes, pictures, or text boxes, for example.
Simply select an object, and then click Action in the Links group on the Insert tab to
assign an action.
You might find it useful to include action buttons in a self-guided presentation because
some people might not know how to navigate between slides in PowerPoint. You can add
familiar navigation action buttons to the bottom of every slide to help your viewers move
to the first and last slides in the deck as well as to the next and previous slides, as shown in
Figure 20-21.
Figure 20-21 Action buttons used for slide navigation are easily spotted in the lower right
corner of each slide. After you create the first set, copy the objects and paste them onto the
remaining slides—or better yet, add them to the slide master.
Typically, navigation buttons are best when they have been placed on every slide in the
presentation. This can create the feeling of consistency for your audience. It’s best to pick a
location that doesn’t interfere with any object on any of the slides. Then, consider creating
and placing the action buttons on the slide master. This way, you can be sure they show up
on every slide in the same location.
For information about adding elements to the slide master, see “Customizing the Slide
Master” on page 665.
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