Another tool you can use to connect to a webpage, file, email address, or slide is called an action button. Action buttons are built-in shapes you can add to a presentation and set to link to another slide, play a sound, or perform a similar action. When someone clicks or hovers over the button, the selected action will occur. Action buttons can do many of the same things as hyperlinks. Their easy-to-understand style makes them especially useful for self-running presentations at booths and kiosks.
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Watch the video below to learn more about using action buttons in your presentations.
You can insert action buttons on one slide at a time, or you can insert an action button that will show up on every slide. The second option can be useful if you want every slide to link back to a specific slide, like the title page or table of contents.
If you'd like to add an action button to every slide, you can do this with a feature called Slide Master view. However, using Slide Master view can be tricky if you've never used it. If you're going to edit your slides this way, you may want to review our Slide Master View lesson first.
To edit, move, or delete an action button inserted this way, click the View tab, then Slide Master. Click Close Master View after making any desired changes.
If you notice that an action button isn't appearing on certain slides, you may need to uncheck the Hide Background Graphics box.
After you create an action button, you should test it.