PowerPoint 2013 – Change Hyperlink Color

Microsoft PowerPoint allows you to add hyperlinks to text, images, and other objects in your presentations. By default, hyperlinks appear blue and are underlined. However, you may wish to change the hyperlink color to match your presentation design or theme.

Fortunately, customizing hyperlink colors in PowerPoint 2013 is easy. Here are step-by-step instructions:

Select the Hyperlink

First, select the text or object that contains the hyperlink you want to reformat.

  • To select text, simply click and drag to highlight it.
  • To select an object like an image, click it to select it.

Open the Font Dialog Box

Next, open the font formatting dialog box:

  • On the Home tab, in the Font group, click the dialog box launcher arrow.
  • Alternatively, right-click the selected hyperlink and choose Font from the context menu.

The Font formatting dialog box will appear.

Choose Hyperlink Settings

In the Font dialog box, switch to the Underline style section. Then:

  • Check the box next to Underline.
  • Use the dropdown menu to choose the underline color. You can select one of the theme colors or standard colors.
  • Optionally, you can choose a custom color by selecting More Colors. An additional color picker dialog box will appear.

Apply Changes

Once you’ve selected the desired hyperlink color:

  • Click OK to apply the changes.
  • The selected hyperlinks will update to display the new color.

By default, your change will apply to all hyperlinks in the presentation. Keep reading to learn how to set custom colors for individual links.

Set Custom Hyperlink Colors

If you want certain hyperlinks to have unique formatting, you can set custom colors on a per-link basis.

To do this:

  • Right-click the desired hyperlink text or object.
  • In the context menu, choose Hyperlink > Edit Hyperlink.
  • In the Edit Hyperlink dialog box, switch to the ScreenTip tab.
  • Click the Format button in the lower right.
  • In the Format Hyperlink dialog box, choose the desired color and underline style.

This will override the default hyperlink color for this specific link only. Repeat these steps to customize other links.

Tips for Coordinated Design

When selecting hyperlink colors, keep these tips in mind:

  • Choose a color that stands out against your text color. Blue hyperlinks work well against black text.
  • Make sure links are still identifiable when your presentation is viewed in grayscale (black and white).
  • Pick a hyperlink color that coordinates with your overall design or theme colors.
  • Be consistent in your use of color. Use the same hyperlink color throughout your presentation.
  • For accessibility, ensure hyperlinks have enough contrast to be visible for viewers with color blindness or low vision.

Restoring Defaults

If you wish to undo your formatting changes and restore the default blue hyperlink styling:

  • Select the modified hyperlinks.
  • On the Home tab, click the Reset Hyperlink button in the Font group.

All customized formatting will be removed.

Or, use the Font dialog box to simply re-check the Blue underline color option for a consistent look.

Other Hyperlink Options

In addition to the underline color, you can customize other hyperlink properties:

  • Remove the underline entirely
  • Show links when hovered instead of always being underlined
  • Add a ScreenTip tooltip message
  • Customize the link’s destination and behavior

Explore these options by right-clicking a hyperlink and exploring the context menu.