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Creating Text Hyperlinks
Consider these points:
Is the audience technically savvy enough to know that they should press a key or
click the mouse to advance the slide, or do you need to provide that instruction?
Does your audience understand that the arrow action buttons mean Forward and
Back, or do you need to explain that?
Does your audience understand hyperlinks and web addresses? If they see under-
lined text, will they know that they can click it to jump elsewhere?
Is it enough to include some instructions on a slide at the beginning of the show,
or do you need to repeat the instructions on every slide?
Think about your audience’s needs and come up with a plan. Here are some sample plans:
For a beginner audience. Begin the presentation with an instructional slide
explaining how to navigate. Place action buttons in the same place on each slide
(using the slide master) to help them move backward and forward and include a
Help button that they can click to get more detailed instructions.
For an intermediate audience. Place action buttons on the same place on each
slide along with a brief note on the fi rst slide explaining their presence.
For an advanced audience. Include other action buttons on the slide that allow
the user to jump around freely in the presentation — go to the beginning, to the
end, to a certain section, and so on. Advanced users understand and can take
advantage of a more sophisticated navigation system.
In the next few sections, I show you how to create all of the types of navigational controls
shown in Figure 19.1.
Creating Text Hyperlinks
Now that you know that hyperlinks are the key to user interactivity, you will want to add
some to your presentation. You can start with text-based hyperlinks because they’re the
easiest. You can add either a bare hyperlink or a hyperlink with explanatory text.
Typing a Bare Hyperlink
The most basic kind of hyperlink is an Internet address, typed directly into a text box.
When you enter text in any of the following formats, PowerPoint automatically converts it
to a hyperlink:
Web addresses. Anything that begins with http:// or www .
E-mail addresses. Any string of characters with no spaces and an @ (ampersand)
sign in the middle somewhere.
FTP addresses. Anything that begins with ftp:// .
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