How to Create Games and Quizzes Using Invisible Hyperlinks

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Invisible hyperlinks, or hotspots, are areas of the slide, that when clicked, send the viewer to another slide in the presentation, or even to a website on the internet. The invisible hyperlink can be part of an object such as a column on a graph, or even the whole slide itself.

Invisible hyperlinks (also known as invisible buttons) make it easy to create classroom games or quizzes in PowerPoint. By clicking on an object on the slide, the viewer is sent to a response slide. This is a great feature for multiple choice quizzes or "What is?" types of questions for younger children. This can be a wonderful teaching resource tool and an easy way to integrate technology in the classroom.

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What Is an Invisible Hyperlink?

Create an invisible hyperlink or invisible button over the first answer

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In this tutorial, you'll learn how to make invisible hyperlinks using two similar methods. One method just takes a few more steps.

In this example, we will create an invisible hyperlink over the box containing the text Answer A, shown in the image above, which will be the correct answer to this fictional multiple choice question.

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Method 1: Creating Invisible Hyperlinks Using Action Buttons

Select an Action Button option from the PowerPoint slide show menu for the invisible hyperlink

Invisible hyperlinks are most often created using a PowerPoint feature, called Action Buttons.

Choose Slide Show > Action Buttons and choose Action Button: Custom which is the first selection in the top row.

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Steps to Create the Action Button

Draw the Action Button over the PowerPoint object
  1. Drag your mouse from the top left corner of the object to the bottom right corner. This will create a rectangular shape over the object.
  2. The Action Settings dialog box appears.
  3. Click beside Hyperlink to: in the Actions Settings dialog box, in order to select which slide to link to.
  4. Select the slide (or document or web site) you wish to link to from the drop down list. In this example we want to link to a specific slide.
  5. Scroll through the list of options until you see Slide...
  6. When you click on Slide... the Hyperlink to Slide dialog box opens. Preview and choose the correct slide from the list that appears.
  7. Click OK.

The colored rectangular Action Button is now on top of the object you chose as the link. Do not be concerned that the rectangle now covers your object. The next step is to change the color of the button to "no fill" which makes the button invisible.

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Making the Action Button Invisible

Make action button invisible

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Steps to Change the Color of the Action Button

  1. Right-click on the colored rectangle and choose Format AutoShape...
  2. The Colors and Lines tab in the dialog box should be selected. If not, select that tab now.
  3. In the Fill section, drag the Transparency slider to the right until it reaches 100% transparency (or type 100% in the text box). This will make the shape invisible to the eye, but it will still remain a solid object.
  4. Choose No Line for the line color.
  5. Click on OK.
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The Action Button is Now Invisible

Action Button is now an invisible button or invisible hyperlink

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After removing all the fills from the action button, it is now invisible on the screen. You will note that the selection handles, indicated by small, white circles, show that the object is currently selected, even though you see no color present. When you click somewhere else on the screen, the selection handles disappear, but PowerPoint recognizes that the object is still there on the slide.

Test the Invisible Hyperlink

Before continuing on, it is a good idea to test your invisible hyperlink.

  1. Choose Slide Show > View Show or press the F5 shortcut key.
  2. When you reach the slide with the invisible hyperlink, click on the linked object and the slide should change to the one you linked to.

After testing the first invisible hyperlink, if necessary, continue adding more invisible hyperlinks on this same slide to other slides, as in the example of the quiz.

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Cover the Whole Slide with an Invisible Hyperlink

Make an action button for the invisible hyperlink to cover the complete PowerPoint slide.

You will probably also want to place another invisible hyperlink on the "destination" slide to link to the next question (if the answer was correct) or back to the previous slide (if the answer was incorrect). On the "destination" slide, it is easiest to make the button large enough to cover the whole slide. That way, you can click anywhere on the slide to make the invisible hyperlink work.

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Method 2: Use a Different Shape as Your Invisible Hyperlink

Use the AutoShapes menu to choose a different shape for the Invisible Hyperlink

If you want to make your invisible hyperlink as a circle or other shape, you can do so by using the AutoShapes, from the Drawing toolbar at the bottom of the screen. This method requires an extra few steps, because you must first apply the Action Settings and then change the "color" of the AutoShape to be invisible.

Use an AutoShape

  1. From the Drawing toolbar at the bottom of the screen, choose AutoShapes > Basic Shapes and choose a shape from the selections.
  2. Drag your mouse over the object you wish to link.

If the Drawing toolbar is not visible, choose View > Toolbars > Drawing from the main menu.

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Apply Action Settings to the AutoShape

Apply action settings to the different Autoshape in PowerPoint
  1. Right-click on the AutoShape and choose Action Settings...
  2. Choose the appropriate settings in the Action Settings dialog box as discussed in Method 1 of this tutorial.

To change the color of the action button, see the steps to make the action button invisible as described in Method 1 of this tutorial.