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Making Interacitve Fiction with PowerPoint: Hyperlinks in PowerPoint

Using technology to create interactive narratives for people to explore

What are Hyperlinks?

A hyperlink, or link, is a reference to data that user access by clicking or tapping. In web pages, links usually take you to another page. In PowerPoint, we can use links to direct users to different slides, and we can use this to create interactive stories.

Here is a good way to think about it: If you are reading a story in a normal book, you start at page 1, then page 2, then page 3, and so forth. You read the book linearly, one page after another.

graphic demonstrating linear story telling

You may remember the choose your own adventure style book. You would read page 1, page 2, page 3, until you would be presented a choice, for which you are instructed to turn to a certain page.

graphic demonstration of non-linear story telling

You can consider that text instructing you to turn to a certain page to be a form of a hyperlink, since it is pointing you to the next page based on your choice.

Likewise in PowerPoint, we usually display sides sequentially,  or linearly, one after another: slide 1, slide 2, slide 3, and so forth.


But we can use hyperlinks in PowerPoint to let users pick which slide they want to view next.


We can used these hyperlinks in PowerPoint to create interactive stories.


Creating Hyperlinks in PowerPoint

animation of apply a link to an image

Here's how to insert hyperlinks into a PowerPoint:

Image of selecting an object in PowerPointSelect the object that you want to apply a hyperlink to. It can be an image or text.


Image of selecting text in PowerPoint

Selecting Link from MenuRight click on the image or highlighted text, and select Link from the menu.

undefined In the Insert Hyperlink window, select Place in This Document, then select which slide the link should point to. Finally, click OK.

You should now be able to click on your image or text to advance to the desired slide.

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