I’m not a big fan of animations and transitions in PowerPoint. That being said, I do like interactivity! So I thought I would post a quick tip on adding Mouse Hover Over Events / Actions in PowerPoint. You can download a finished version here
Step 1: Create your content
Note: I’m using an older template Green Theme, which I uploaded a while back. You can use any template you wish!
Let’s imagine that you want to create 4 interactions. This means 4 objects on one slide that you want the user to interact with. I’ve created four hexagons, but you can use text fields as well. Don’t forget to add some text explaining how the user should interact with the slides
Then create one slide each for each of your user interactions. Add a back button onto slide 2: Insert > Shapes > Action Buttons > Back
Once you’ve got your presentation ready, it’s time to add the interaction
Step 2: Remove the navigation
Go back to your first slide. Click on Transitions on the ribbon and deselect both options to advance the slide. Repeat for slides 2 – 5
Then in normal view, select slides 2 – 4 and hide them. This will ensure that the user cannot accidentally use the navigation
Step 3: Add the interaction on slide 1
Click on the first shape you wish to add the interaction to. As mentioned earlier, I have used the four hexagons on slide 1
With the shape selected (note, you cannot do this to groups!), click on Insert >Action
In the menu box that appears, click on the “Mouse Over” tab. Select “Hyperlink to:”
Click on the drop down menu box, and choose “Slide” and then in the menu pop-up menu that appears choose the slide you wish to navigate to. Then press the OK button on both menu boxes
Repeat this for each interaction
Step 4: Add the return interaction
Go to slide 2 and click on the Action button you added. Insert an action as before, only this time make sure that “Mouse Click” is chosen rather than “Mouse Over”. Again, choose slide and this time pick the first slide. To save time, you can then copy and paste this button onto slides 3 – 5
Put your presentation into slideshow mode and test!
And that’s it! Hope you find it useful!