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Using Action Buttons
Using Action Buttons
Action buttons, which you saw in Figure 19.1, enable your audience members to move from
slide to slide in the presentation with a minimum of fuss. PowerPoint provides many preset
action buttons that already have hyperlinks assigned to them, so all you have to do is place
them on your slides.
The action buttons that come with PowerPoint are shown in Table 19.2 along with their
preset hyperlinks. As you can see, some of them are all ready to go; others require you to
specify the jump destination. Most of the buttons have a default action assigned to them,
but you can change any of these as needed.
At i rst glance, there seems little reason to use action buttons that simply move the slide show forward and back-
ward. After all, isn’t it just as easy to use the keyboard’s Page Up and Page Down keys or to click the left mouse
button to advance to the next slide? Well, yes, but if you use Kiosk mode, described later in the chapter, you cannot
move from slide to slide using any of the conventional keyboard or mouse methods. The only thing the mouse can do
is click action buttons and hyperlinks.
TABLE 19.2 Action Buttons
Hyperlinks To
Back or Previous
Previous slide in the presentation (not necessarily
the last slide viewed; compare to Return).
Forward or Next
Next slide in the presentation.
First slide in the presentation.
Last slide in the presentation.
First slide in the presentation. (Home is where you
get started and it’s a picture of a house; get it?)
Nothing, by default, but you can point it to a slide
or document containing information.
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