Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Navigational Control Basics
Access to custom shows. If you have created custom shows, set up action buttons
or hyperlinks that jump the users to them on request.
Quizzes. Create a presentation with a series of multiple-choice questions. Create
custom action buttons for each answer. Depending on which answer the user clicks,
set it up to jump to either a “Congratulations, you’re right!” slide or a “Sorry, try
again” slide. From each, include a Return button to go on with the quiz.
Troubleshooting information. Ask the user a series of questions and include
action buttons or hyperlinks for the answers. Set them up to jump to the slides
that further narrow down the problem based on their answers until they fi nally
arrive at a slide that explains the exact problem and proposes a solution.
Directories. Include a company directory with e-mail hyperlinks for various people
or departments so that anyone reading the presentation can easily make contact.
Besides navigational controls, the other big consideration with a user-interactive show is
distribution. How will you distribute the presentation to your audience? Some of the meth-
ods you’ve already learned about in this topic will serve you well here, such as packaging
a presentation on CD (Chapter 18, “Preparing for a Live Presentation”). Or you may choose
instead to set up a user kiosk in a public location, e-mail the presentation fi le to others, or
make it available on the Web.
Navigational Control Basics
All navigational controls that you create on slides are, at their core, hyperlinks. You’re
probably familiar with these already from using the Web; they’re underlined bits of text
or specially enabled graphics that take you to a different site or page. In the case of your
PowerPoint presentation, the hyperlinks take users to the next or previous slide, a hidden
slide, a custom slide show, or perhaps some external source such as a website or data fi le.
Types of Navigational Controls
Even though they are all hyperlinks (so they all work the same underneath), the various
types of navigational controls can look very different on the surface. You can have “bare”
hyperlinks that show the actual address, hyperlinks with text that is different from the
address, action button graphics, or graphics you create or import yourself. In addition, a
navigational control can have pop-up helper text in a ScreenTip. Figure 19.1 shows several
types of navigational controls on a sample slide.
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