Assign an action to a built-in button or picture

Action buttons are built-in button shapes that you can add to your presentation and then assign an action to occur upon the click of a mouse or when someone mousesover the button. You can also assign actions to clip art, pictures, or the text in a SmartArt graphic. The idea is that when you deliver your presentation, you can click or mouse-over an action button to:

Some examples of built-in action button shapes that you can find in the Shapes gallery include right and left arrows and commonly understood symbols for going to next, previous, first, and last slides and for playing movies or sounds, and more.

Built-in action button shapes

Add an action button and assign an action

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Shapes, and then under Action Buttons, click the button that you want to add.
  2. Click a location on the slide, and then drag to draw the shape for the button.
  3. In the Action Settings dialog box, do one of the following:
    • To choose the behavior of the action button when you click it in Slide Show view, click the Mouse Click tab.
    • To choose the behavior of the action button when you move the pointer over it in Slide Show view, click the Mouse Over tab.
  4. To choose the action that will take place when you click or move the pointer over the action button, do one of the following:
    • To use the shape without a corresponding action, click None.
    • To create a hyperlink, click Hyperlink to, and then select the destination (for example, the next slide, the previous slide, the last slide, or another PowerPoint presentation) that you want the hyperlink action to go to.

 Note   To link to a file created by another program, such as a Microsoft Office Word or Microsoft Office Excel file, in the Hyperlink to list, click Other File.

 Notes 

  • The Run macro settings are available only if your presentation contains a macro.
  • When you save the presentation, you must save it as a PowerPoint Macro-enabled Show.
  • For more information about macros, see Run a macro.
  • If you want the shape that you chose as an action button to perform an action, click Object action, and then select the action that you want it to perform.

 Note   The Object action settings are available only if your presentation contains an OLE (OLE: A program-integration technology that you can use to share information between programs. All Office programs support OLE, so you can share information through linked and embedded objects.) object. For more information about OLE objects see Create, change, or delete an OLE object

  • To play a sound, select the Play sound check box, and then select the sound that you want to play.
  1. Click OK.

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Add a picture or clip art and assign an action

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, do one of the following:
    • Click Picture, and then in the Insert Picture dialog box, locate the picture that you want to add, and then click Insert.
    • Click Clip Art, and then in the Clip Art pane, locate and then click the picture that you want to add.

 Note   You can assign an action to the text inside the shapes of a SmartArt graphic, but not to the SmartArt shapes themselves. For more information about inserting SmartArt graphics, see Create a SmartArt graphic.

  1. Click the picture or clip art that you added, and then on the Insert tab, in the Links group, click Action.
  2. In the Action Settings dialog box, do one of the following:
    • To choose the behavior of the picture or clip art when you click it in Slide Show view, click the Mouse Click tab.
    • To choose the behavior of the picture or clip art when you move the pointer over it in Slide Show view, click the Mouse Over tab.
  3. To choose the action that will take place when you click or move the pointer over the picture or clip art, do one of the following:
    • To use the shape without a corresponding action, click None.
    • To create a hyperlink, click Hyperlink to, and then select the destination (for example, the next slide, the previous slide, the last slide, or another PowerPoint presentation) that you want the hyperlink action to go to.

 Note   To link to a file created by another program, such as a Microsoft Office Word or Microsoft Office Excel file, in the Hyperlink to list, click Other File.

 Notes 

  • The Run macro settings are available only if your presentation contains a macro.
  • When you save the presentation, you must save it as a PowerPoint Macro-enabled Show.
  • For more information about macros, see Run a macro.
  • If you want the picture or clip art to perform an action other than what is listed, click Object action, and then select the action that you want it to perform.

 Note   The Object action settings are available only if your presentation contains an OLE (OLE: A program-integration technology that you can use to share information between programs. All Office programs support OLE, so you can share information through linked and embedded objects.) object. For more information about OLE objects see Create, change, or delete an OLE object

  • To play a sound, select the Play sound check box, and then select the sound that you want to play.

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Applies to:
PowerPoint 2007