Add commands to your presentation with action buttons

Use action buttons to cue or launch an action in your presentation, such as go to the next or a specific slide, run a program or play a video clip. Pick an action button from the Shapes gallery, and then assign an action to occur when you click your mouse or when someone moves their mouse over the button.

Action Buttons are in the Shapes gallery

 Tip    Action buttons provide great visual cues to the action it launches, but you can also assign actions to other objects, such as clip art, pictures, general shapes, or to the text in a SmartArt graphic. Use the procedure below to add an action to those objects as well.

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Shapes, and then under Action Buttons, click the button shape 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.

Assign an action to a button

Add a button shape, and then assign an action (in this case, a hyperlink)
  1. 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.


  • 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.

  • To play a sound, select the Play sound check box, and then select the sound that you want to play.
  1. Click OK.
Applies to:
PowerPoint 2013