How to Make a Button on PowerPoint

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PowerPoint is a powerful and widely used presentation software program, but its capabilities go well beyond creating compelling slide shows and other presentations. PowerPoint can be used to create effective product demonstrations, educational materials, tutorials and much more. In addition to these features, PowerPoint users can build a button into their slide shows. These buttons can be used to open a website or provide a link to an online document.

  • Create your PowerPoint document. The PowerPoint slide show you create does not have to be long or complicated. For purposes of creating your first command button, it is best to keep the design simple. Open PowerPoint and choose to create a blank presentation. From the list of templates, choose the title only format and make each of the slides you create a different color. For instance, you could make the first slide green, the second slide blue, the third slide yellow and the fourth slide red.

  • Before proceeding further, save your slide show. Pay careful attention to the location where the slide show is saved. You will need to refer to that location when creating your button.

  • Change your view to "Normal" and make sure that the first slide is selected. The button will be added to the bottom right-hand corner of the first slide. After you have selected the action button from the toolbar, your mouse cursor will become a crosshair. Use the mouse to move the cursor to the bottom right-hand corner of the first slide, then drag the crosshair box to make the button the desired size.

  • As soon as you let go of the mouse key, you should see an Action Settings window. The default setting should list "Go to the next slide" as the action--just click "OK" to select that action.

    The process of drawing the button and setting its action can now be repeated on the other three slides. You can also place a button on the opposite corner of each slide, setting that button to go back one slide instead of forward.

  • You can also use a button to open a webpage if you wish. This strategy can be helpful for tutorials, product demos and other important presentations. To add this button, follow the same procedure you used to create the forward and back buttons, but when the actions pop-up appears, choose "Hyperlink" from the menu. From the drop down menu, choose select URL and type the website address you wish to use. Then click "OK" to finish the button.

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