PowerPoint 2000: Inserting Hyperlinks

Hyperlinks allow you to connect your PowerPoint slides to other files, webpages, or slides within your presentation. Using hyperlinks makes your presentation interactive and allows the audience to easily access more information with a simple click.

What Are Hyperlinks

A hyperlink is a text or image that you can click on to jump to another document or webpage. Hyperlinks have two main components:

  • The address: The destination that the hyperlink goes to, like a URL or file path.
  • The display text: The visible, clickable text or image that represents the hyperlink.

When you insert a hyperlink in PowerPoint, you specify both the address and the display text.

Types of Hyperlinks

There are a few types of hyperlinks you can insert in PowerPoint 2000:

Web Page Hyperlinks

Link to a webpage by specifying the URL as the address. The display text can be any text or image.

Display Text: Our Website
Address: https://www.example.com

File Hyperlinks

Link to a file stored on your computer or network by specifying the file path as the address.

Display Text: Quarterly Report 
Address: C:\Reports\Quarterly.docx

Email Hyperlinks

Link to an email address that will open the default email application.

Display Text: Email Us
Address: [email protected]

Place in This Document

Link to another slide within the same PowerPoint presentation.

Create New Document

Link to a new PowerPoint presentation that will be created.

Inserting a Hyperlink

Follow these steps to insert a hyperlink in PowerPoint 2000:

  1. Select the text or object you want to be clickable to represent the hyperlink. This will become the display text.
  2. On the Insert menu, click Hyperlink. Or right-click and select Hyperlink from the context menu.
  3. In the Insert Hyperlink dialog box, choose the type of hyperlink you want to insert:
    • Existing File or Web Page: Link to a webpage or file. Specify the address.
    • Place in This Document: Link to another slide. Select the slide.
    • Create New Document: Link to a new presentation.
    • E-mail Address: Link to an email address. Specify the address.
  4. Fill in the address and any other options for the type of link selected.
  5. Click OK to insert the hyperlink.

Tips for Using Hyperlinks

Here are some tips for working with hyperlinks in PowerPoint 2000:

  • Test all hyperlinks after inserting them by clicking on them during the slideshow.
  • Use descriptive display text so that the purpose of the link is clear. For example, use “Quarterly Sales Report” rather than just “Report”.
  • Set the color and underline formatting of hyperlinks to make them stand out.
  • For file hyperlinks, keep the files in the same folder as the PowerPoint file if it will be moved between computers.
  • If linking to a file on a network drive, make sure the audience will have access to that drive.
  • Use hyperlinks judiciously. Too many can distract from the main presentation content.
  • For presentations that will be viewed offline, verify external hyperlinks are not needed to understand the content.

More Resources

For more help with inserting and formatting hyperlinks in PowerPoint 2000, refer to: