Every product seems to underline hyperlinks by default, which is a good visual clue that the text is actually a link. However, in a PowerPoint presentation that you’re controlling, I find the format a bit distracting. I can’t help wondering if the audience is thinking more about what’s behind the link than what I’m actually saying. Fortunately, I found an easy way to hide a link. Here’s how:

  1. Enter the hyperlink text.
  2. Click the Rectangle button on the Drawing toolbar and create an AutoShape that covers the text.
  3. Select the new AutoShape and click Insert Hyperlink on the Standard toolbar.
  4. Enter the hyperlink in the Insert Hyperlink dialog box and click OK.
  5. Right-click the AutoShape and set the following properties in the AutoShape dialog box: Fill Color to No Fill; Line Color to No Line.
  6. Click OK.

Now you have an invisible linked object hovering over the actual text. Only you know it’s there. When you click it to activate the link, you’re actually clicking the invisible rectangle object, and not the text but the audience is none the wiser.