Mar 14, 2009

How to add hyperlink to Smart Art?

SmartArt is a great feature in PowerPoint 2007. It has enhanced the visual appeal & ease with which we present information (I will share more on using SmartArt later). But there is a small problem with SmartArt. You cannot create a hyperlink with SmartArt. At least I am yet to figure that out :)

But there is a way you can bypass the problem. Do you know it already? If not, then can you guess?

Let us take a simple example to understand how to add hyperlink to SmartArt. We have a slide on the 4 P's of marketing. You need hyperlinks so that when in slideshow mode, you click on 'Product' you land on the slide which talks about product. Suppose you want to go to Slide No. 8.
Here are the simple steps we will use to create the hyperlink:
Step 1: On the 4P's slide, insert another shape. A rounded rectangle (matching the shape of the Product box). Place the new shape over the existing one (need not match it perfectly).

Step 2: Format the newly placed shape -> White fill -> Set transparency to 100% -> Remove lines. You now have a completely transparent shape over your 'Product' SmartArt box.

Step 3: We will now create a hyperlink on this transparent shape. Right click -> Hyperlink -> Choose the slide 8. Choose it from 'Place in this document' because your slide is in the same PPT file.

Your hyperlink is now ready!
If you know of any other easier way of adding hyperlinks to SmartArt do leave a comment.