Action Buttons

How to Use Presenter Action Buttons in PowerPoint

Action Buttons

An action button is an object on a slide that performs an action when clicked or pointed to, such as jumping to another slide or playing a sound. Action buttons are most commonly used for self-running presentations—for example, presentations that are presented at a booth or kiosk.

Add an Action Button

  1. Click the Insert tab.
  2. Click the Shapes button.

    At the bottom of the Shapes menu is the Action Buttons section.

    Each button comes with a different default action. For example, the House action button jumps you back to the first slide.

  3. Select an action button.
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  4. Click and drag to draw the button on the slide.

    The Action Settings dialog box appears. If you want to modify the action to something other than the default action, do so here.

  5. Click OK.
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Change the Action Settings

If, after adding an action button to a presentation, you decide you want it to perform a different action, you can always update it.

  1. Select the action button on the slide.
  2. Click to expand the Links group on the Insert tab of the ribbon.
  3. Click Action.
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  4. Modify the action in the Action Settings dialog box.
  5. Click OK.
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Test an Action Button

It’s always a good idea to test a newly-added action button to ensure it hyperlinks to the correct location.

  1. Click the Slide Show tab.
  2. Click the From Current Slide button.
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  3. Click the action button.
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