10 Steps to Linking PowerPoint Slides: Demo Files

Linking slides in PowerPoint presentations allows you to create an interactive experience for your audience. With linked slides, you can connect relevant slides so users can seamlessly navigate to additional information.

Follow these 10 steps to effectively link slides in your PowerPoint presentations.

1. Determine the Purpose of Linking Slides

Before adding links, think about why you want connected slides. Linking slides helps:

  • Provide more detail through slide connections
  • Create an interactive, non-linear presentation
  • Customize presentations for different audiences
  • Tell a story by connecting key ideas
  • Save time by avoiding slide searches

By linking slides with a purpose in mind, you can create meaningful connections versus links for the sake of links.

2. Choose a Linking Method

PowerPoint provides several options for linking slides:

  • Hyperlinks – Link text or images to slides
  • Action buttons – Add clickable buttons to trigger links
  • Slide Zoom – Link slides with slide thumbnail images

Consider which method aligns best with your linking purpose. For example, hyperlinks blend seamlessly into slide content, while action buttons clearly display clickable links.

3. Select Link Source

The source slide contains the link that triggers navigation to another slide. Decide which slide content should link to additional content.

Relevant link sources include:

  • Key terms and concepts
  • Images, icons, and logos
  • Buttons, shapes, and text boxes

Place links strategically on impactful slide elements that warrant more information.

4. Choose Link Destination

The destination is the slide the link goes to when clicked. Pick destination slides that:

  • Provide more detail on source slide content
  • Answer questions from the source slide
  • Share a storytelling connection with the source

Link to the most relevant and useful destination slides to create an engaging, meaningful presentation.

5. Insert Hyperlinks

If using hyperlinks, follow these steps:

  1. Select the link source text or object
  2. Go to Insert > Links > Hyperlink
  3. Choose destination slide
  4. Test link

Hyperlinks blend right into slide content for a clean linking experience.

6. Add Action Buttons

To link with clickable buttons:

  1. Select link source object
  2. Go to Insert > Links > Action
  3. Choose destination slide
  4. Test button

Prominently display links with customizable action buttons.

7. Include Slide Zooms

To link slides with slide thumbnail images:

  1. Copy destination slide
  2. Paste slide thumbnail on source slide
  3. Resize and position thumbnail
  4. Test link

Visually represent destination information with interactive slide thumbnails.

8. Refine Formatting

Enhance link visibility and usability with formatting:

  • Contrasting colors: Use complementary colors for links and slide backgrounds
  • Indicators: Add pointers, outlines, and animations to highlight links
  • Descriptive text: Include context with link text descriptions

Format links so audiences can easily identify and use them.

9. Check Accessibility

Ensure links are accessible to all audiences:

  • Read link text out loud – Confirm text describes destination
  • Check color contrast – Links should stand out from backgrounds
  • Use multiple cues – Support links with multiple indicators like color, text, and icons

Links should make sense and work for listeners, colorblind users, and more.

10. Test Thoroughly

Check links extensively before presenting:

  • Test all links – Click every link, confirm destination
  • Check with slides out of order – Link paths should work regardless of sequence
  • Review on different devices – Ensure links function on phones, tablets, and computers

Rigorously test links to catch any issues before an audience tries accessing them.

Linking Slides in PowerPoint Demo

See linked slides in action by downloading the PowerPoint demo presentation:

10 Steps to Linking PowerPoint Slides Demo.pptx

The demo provides examples of hyperlinks, action buttons, and slide zooms to inspire your interactive linked slides.

By thoughtfully linking PowerPoint slides, you can create dynamic, engaging presentations that tell a fluid story. Use these 10 steps to add purposeful connections through hyperlinks, action buttons, and embedded thumbnails. With compelling links, your custom path through the presentation keeps audiences interested and informed.