In PowerPoint we can add to our Presentations built-in button shapes and set them to link to AnotherSlide, play a Sound or perform something else. These built-in buttons are known as Actions. We can define these Action buttons to be executed when someone clicks or moves the mouse over them. To find out more about adding Actions in a PowerPointPresentation just keep on reading the post below.
We must select the Insert tab and then locate the area of the ribbon named Links as shown below. Once we have located the Links area, we select the command Action. Here we are notified that we can Give The Selected Object An Action To Carry Out When You Click It Or Mouse Over It. For Example We Can Hover Over An Object To Jump To The Next Slide, Or Open Up A New Program When We Click It.
Once we select the Actions command, the ActionSettings dialog box appears. The ActionsSettings dialog box is separated by two tabs: The Mouse Click tab and the MouseOver tab.
In the next image I have activated the MouseClick tab and I have activated the check box at the left of the command HyperlinkTo: Once selected the drop down menu appears where we can select from the following options.
Next Slide:We will just move to the NextSlide
Previous Slide:We will just move to the PreviousSlide
First Slide:No matter which Slide we are, we will move to the FirstSlide
Last Slide:No matter which Slide we are, we will move to the LastSlide
Last Slide Viewed:No matter which Slide we are, we will move to the LastViewedSlide
EndShow: We will End the PresentationShow
Custom Show…:If we have created a CustomShow, we can select it in order for it to be displayed. To find out how to create a Custom Show follow the link here.
Slide…:We can define to which Slide we want to appear
URL…:We can define an URL address to open, once the Action is selected.
Other PowerPoint Presentation:We can define for another PowerPointPresentation to open.
Other File:We can define for another File to be opened once the Action is selected.
In the next image, from the ActionsSettings dialog box I have activated the check box next to the command Hyperlink To and then selected from the drop-down menu URL. Once the URL command is selected the Hyperlink To URL dialog box appears, where in the text area we type in the Address of the URL, we want the Action to follow once clicked.
Once we have finished typing the URL Address, we press the OK button to return to the ActionsSettings dialog box. In the next image, I have activated the PlaySound command, and then I have selected the drop-down menu, where we can see all the available Sounds that we can choose from. We just select the Sound that we want, and when we set the Action in motion the Sound that we selected will play also.
In the next image, we can see all the settings that we have made for our Action in our PowerPointPresentation. At the bottom of the ActionSettings dialog box, I have also activated the command HighlightClick. Meaning that when we click on our Action to take place, the click that we will do will be Highlighted also so it will become notable.
In the ActionsSettings dialog box, we can also use for our Actions one of the following commands:
Run Program:Once selected, we will have to navigate so we can select the Program that we want to be run, once the Action is selected.
Run Macro:Once selected, we will have to navigate so we can select the Macro that we want to run, once the Action is selected.
Object Action:Once selected, we will have to navigate so we can select the Action that we want to run, once the Action is selected.
In the next image, from the ActionSettings dialog box, I have activated the MouseOver tab where we can see the same commands there as with the MouseClick tab. The difference is that with the MouseClick tab, we actually have to click on our Action to take effect, and with the MouseOver, we just have to move over the Action with our Mouse for our Action to take effect.
Below you can check out the video describing How To Insert An Action in a PowerPoint Presentation?