Hyperlinks make it easy to jump from one place to another when you're delivering a slide show. But as Figure A shows, PowerPoint formats link text differently from the rest of your slide text. If you find the difference distracting, most likely your audience will too.
Eliminate that distraction as follows:
- Enter the text you want to link.
- Select the Rectangle button on the Drawing toolbar and create an AutoShape that covers just the text (Figure B). Don't make it too large. (In PowerPoint 2007, choose a shape from the Illustrations group on the Insert tab.)
- Select the AutoShape and click the Insert Hyperlink button on the Standard toolbar. (In PowerPoint 2007, you'll find Hyperlink in the Links group on the Insert menu.)
- When PowerPoint opens the dialog box shown in Figure C, enter the hyperlink in the Address text box and then click OK.
- Right-click the AutoShape and choose Format AutoShape. Set the fill color to No Fill and the line color to No Line and click OK.
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Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.