Tip of the month january from Tim Türger, Senior Sales Manager at Made in Office
A new take on PowerPoint presentations – create interactive presentations with sleek overview page and mouse-over effects.
Take advantage of hidden features of PowerPoint: forget about boring product brochures that are pages long – instead send your clients presentations that allows them to click and find everything instantly.
PowerPoint allows you to apply actions to elements that allow you to jump to a specific place in your presentation, play videos our sounds, and even open applications or run macros. This can be done with mouse clicks or mouse-overs – all without ever leaving your presentation.
The video below highlighs just a few of the endless possibilities:
This presentation can also be downloaded here:
Here we show you how it is done:
Creating a navigation overview:
- Create the main presentation with the desired “buttons”
- Duplicate the desired buttons and place these duplicates exactly over the originals
- Insert a rectangular shape via “Insert” and “Shape”
- Draw the shape across the whole slide and remove the fill color (context menu – fill – no fill)
- FIRST select the inserted rectangle, and then the duplicated buttons. Afterwards click on the then available Format menu – Merge Shapes – Subtract (the duplicated buttons will now be removed from the rectangle)
Creating mouse-over effect
- Click in the context menu of the slide overview to duplicate the slide (we want to create 4 duplicates for 4 buttons)
- Change the first button on the SECOND slide to its appearance after the mouse-over (we changed it to b/w)
- Repeat steps 7-10 for all other duplicated slides, while always altering the NEXT button to its mouse-over appearance (in our case to an image in b/w)
- Select the rectangle on the SECOND slide, then click on “Insert” and then on the “Action” button.
- In the new window change to “Action on mouse over”
- Select “Hyperlink to” – “Slide…” and select the FIRST slide (in our case the one with the 4 colored buttons) and confirm with “OK”
- Repeat steps 1-6 for all other duplicated slides
Linking the navigation overview with actual content slides
- Insert the other slides you wish to link to later into the presentation (we have inserted product brochures)
- Select the “Slide Show” tab – “Custom slide show” – “Custom shows…”
- In the appearing window, click on “New”
- Select the desired slides for this custom show to add them – confirm with “OK”
- Select the element that is to perform the action
- In the “Insert” tab click on “Action”
- In these settings you can now select the desired action – in our case we want “Hyperlink to: “Custom Show…” and select the required presentation
- Finally, you will need to hide all slides that aren’t to be seen in the Slide Show by selecting the slides in the slide overview and selecting “Hide Slide”