To and fro’ with hidden PowerPoint slides
Many people dislike PowerPoint’s inherent linearity. Presenters – almost exclusively – go from one slide to the next in a fixed order every time. However, it’s easy to create a button that jumps to any slide in your presentation. This post describes a technique for creating a hidden slide to which you can jump and then go back.
- Create a presentation with a slide you want to call up multiple times. It could be anything — a slice of the periodic table, a time line, a special photo …
- Go to a different slide
- From the menu select [Home > ] Insert > Shape > Action Button.
(these directions were created on a Mac – it’s slightly different in Windows)
- Choose an icon you like from the menu; I suggest the letter I in a circle.
- Now draw a small box that will become your button.
- When the “Action Settings” window comes up, choose Hyperlink to: Slide…
- Select your destination slide and click OK. You now have a button on one slide. Try it!
Make the button appear on all slides.
- Go back to the slide where you made the button.
- Select and cut the button.
- From the menu, select Themes > Master Views > Edit Master > Slide Master
[Windows: View > Master Views > Slide Master]
- Paste the button and move it out of the way – perhaps the bottom right.
- Close the master view and try it out.
- Go to your special slide
- From the menu select [Home > ] Insert > Action Button.
- Choose an icon; I suggest the u-turn arrow.
- Draw a box for your button.
- In the “Action Settings” window, choose Hyperlink to: Previous Slide
- Click OK
- Hide the button you created earlier by moving this one on top of it.
- Hide your special slide. On the menu, choose Slide Show > Hide Slide
There are lots of other ways to use action buttons. I’d love to learn about creative strategies which readers have tried.