Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Evaluating Your Audience’s Needs
A sampler of the various navigational control types available in PowerPoint
Text hyperlinks
ScreenTip shows
the address for the
hyperlink the mouse
pointer is touching
Graphic used as a hyperlink
Action buttons
Most people associate the word hyperlink with the Internet. However, a hyperlink is simply a link to somewhere else;
it does not necessarily refer to an Internet location. You can hyperlink to another slide in the same presentation, for
example, or to a different presentation, or even to some unrelated data i le in another application like Word or Excel.
Notice the directions at the bottom of Figure 19.1. This is necessary because it’s not obvious
that the graphic is a hyperlink, and users would not normally think to try clicking on it.
Notice also the ScreenTip associated with the second text hyperlink. This is useful because
the text itself does not provide the address, and the user may want to know the address
before clicking the hyperlink. For example, if the PC does not have Internet access, the
user would not want to click a hyperlink that points to a web page.
The action buttons in the bottom-right corner in Figure 19.1 are typical of the action but-
tons that PowerPoint creates. They are just AutoShapes with preassigned action settings for
On Click. You can create your own, but the preset ones are awfully handy.
Evaluating Your Audience’s Needs
Before you dive into building an interactive presentation, you must decide how the audi-
ence will navigate from slide to slide. There is no one best way; the right decision depends
on the audience’s comfort level with computers and hyperlinks.
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