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How To Display Pop-Up Text In PowerPoint By Hovering Your Mouse Over an Object
In this Microsoft PowerPoint Tutorial, you will learn how to use the screen tip functionality of hyperlinks in PowerPoint, to display text onscreen during your presentation when you hover your mouse over an object. Although there are a number of things you can do with hyperlinks to add navigational features to your PowerPoint presentations, you can also just use them to display what is known as "rollover or mouseover text" onscreen during a PowerPoint presentation. And this is especially a neat trick when combined with hide and appear animations within your layouts.
This PowerPoint trick works in all versions of Microsoft PowerPoint including PowerPoint 2007, PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2013 and PowerPoint 2016.
A couple of quick notes to remember when using hyperlinks to display rollover text onscreen in PowerPoint:
#1: You are limited to 256 characters (including spaces), which is approximately 48 words
#2: You can only view the rollover text in the presentation mode of your PowerPoint deck (it will not display in the normal view of your deck)
#3: You want to link the hyperlink to the slide on which you want to display the rollover text so that if you click the link, you remain on the same slide (unless you want to hyperlink somewhere else within your document)
Shortcuts covered in this PowerPoint tutorial:
-- CTRL + K - with either text or an object selected, opens the insert hyperlink dialog box
-- SHIFT + F5 - starts your presentation mode from the current slide you are on
This PowerPoint tricks works in PowerPoint 2007, PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2013 and PowerPoint 2016.
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im doing all the steps and yet in slideshow when the mouse rolls over the object, no pop up appears. however, upon clicking i stay on the same slide (only achievement i guess. :/ can u help?
PS: im using Power point 2010
That's weird (it definitely works in PPT 2010). Can you send me an example of a slide that you have set that doesn't work? I will take a look and see if I can figure out what you are missing. [email protected]
I've looked at a few of your videos/tutorials today and am amazed at your knowledge and ability to explain these different features.
I have a question about returning back to a particular screen or slide after a hyperlink takes the user to another slide in the deck. I am building an iPDF (interactive PDF), I am inserting an ICON for users to click on and want to have an acronyms page at the end of the deck that links to every page. I have set up the link to the icon on my master slide in PPT, however if the slide deck is 50 pages long and a person clicks on the acronyms icon at page 3 I want them to get back to page three after they're done reviewing the acronyms list. Is that possible - to install a back to previous page option. OR, it is possible to make the acronyms page a mere pop-up window for each slide?
I attempted to hyperlink the acronym icon and then mouse over to return to the previous page, but when converted to PDF it isn't functional (either that or I did something incorrectly). Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
Great question. For a standard hyperlink, you cannot force someone to move back to the original slide. If you go the hyperlink route, what you can do is create a back button (either with a shape or with text) to jump back to a specific slide. That's one way. The other way is if you have Office 365, you can now create ZOOMS which is basically the same thing as a hyperlink with the option to return to the original slide automatically. Shoot me an email at taylor (at) nutsandboltsspeedtraining.com and I"ll screen capture what I mean if that is helpful for you. That said, the zoom will not carry into a PDF format, so you will have to distribute your slides in PowerPoint (like a picture presentation) as I demo here: https://youtu.be/kPjcr9aEjkg
Hi Taylor, Thank you for writing back. I did forward the email again. Probably there was a type in the email address and hence it bounced back. I look forward to receiving the email sent again, and hope that you can solve my problem. Thanks again!
No...is there a shortcut that you know of that immediately takes you to those features? I know you can hit CTRL+K for the hyperlink and then ALT+P for the screen tip...but not anything that immediately drills you into it. If you know of one, please share :)
Great question. There is not a way to change the text size for the pop up text effect. If you need bigger text, you'll need to use appear and disappear animations to bring the text on and off screen. Check out my other video on how to do that https://youtu.be/XZ8pehMyXDY.
I've been using the self-referencing link for hover over text for quite a while and I have several powerpoints with this added.
-- However, recently I have shared those powerpoints with several other people.
--Still works for everyone using PC, but the hover-over effect doesn't work on MAC. Is there a quick fix? Thanks!
Great question. Unfortunately, no. Macs have little quirks like that which is why I always recommend working on PCs for PowerPoint. The two are very similar but still very different. The PC versions also have ALL 4 types of PowerPoint shortcuts (CTRL, Hybrid, QAT and Ribbon)...Mac versions still only have one of those. Another reason to stick with the PC.
Are you trying to make the entire chart appear and disappear...or are you trying to get a specific series of data within the chart to appear and disappear? The effect should work for the entire chart, but not the specific series. If you want to do specific series you need to break your charts apart, and then animate them. See how to break a chart below. If you still can't get it to work send it to me and i'll take a look: taylor (at) nutsandboltsspeedtraining.com
This was working for me last week, but when I returned to finish this project today I am getting the Action Settings box popping up after CTRL K instead of the insert hyperlink box I was getting last week and cannot correct it.
My guess is the object in question has an Action Setting like a sound, hover over effect or something else associated with it. If you add an Action Setting other than a hyperlink to an object (the command next to the hyperlink command in the Insert Tab), hitting CTRL+K will open the Action Setting dialog box (which has a hyperlink option) rather than the hyperlink dialog box. On your computer, see what happens if you insert a new shape, select it and hit CTRL+K. My guess is it will open up the hyperlink dialog box again for you. Advise if that solves your issue.
Nice tutorial. I made step by step, but no text came... I do use PP2010, able to programing VBA but want to use simplest way. I found the trick usefull but after I created the hyperlink to present slide and the text tip, there is no interaction (pop-up) during presentation :(
Interesting. First off, double check that your hyperlink is set to a slide. I.e. you do have to have a real live hyperlink to something (just point it at the same slide) to get the pop-up text effect to work. If that doesn't work, send me your slide and I'll take a look at see what the issue is. You can email me at taylor (at) nutsandboltsspeedtraning.com
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Hi this is a really nice feature but what I think makes it even more effective is the way you have created and saved the information in a normal view. Believe it or not I can't do it the same way you did, which I really wanted for a training purpose
+Angela Lucas Thanks for the note. Two quick questions. #1: Are you using a PC or Mac? #2: Which part isn't working? Inserting the hyperlinks and the screen tips or getting them to pop-up on screen? Let me know and I'll see if i can get you sorted out.
My portion of an upcoming presentation is 10x better than it was due to this video. I've got definitions for users to scroll over when looking at different organisms under microscopy; instead of just seeing what they're pointing to is called, they can now read more about it too.
+Nueronymous Nice job! Glad to hear the video helped. If you end up building the presentation out further, you can also use the actual hyperlink to jump to a more detailed slide of the different organisms (maybe you already did that). So if you hover over the object or picture you get the pop-up text but then if you click it you jump to a slide with a detailed breakout. Thanks again for the kind comment and good luck with your presentation! Cheers!
I've noticed that PowerPoint has 2 main ways of triggering actions for objects, that's with mouse click or mouse over. is it possible to trigger actions with letters on your keyboard, For example if i press "A' I trigger an action on a certain object. The reason i'm asking is because i want to trigger actions simultaneously. for example pressing "A" and "B" at the same time to trigger two or more actions at the same time.
I understand what you're saying. Ive done all these things in power point to the point of making mini games with it lol. PowerPoint is an amazing software and im glad each update of Office makes it even better. But I do agree that VBA would be the better option. Thank you for your response. .
+Jerrold Lynch Unless you get into VBA, there is no way that I know of to set animation to your keystrokes. That said, you can trigger two animations at the same time. in the animation pane, just set the second (third or forth, etc.) animation to fire with or after previous...that way when one animation goes, they all go...
I think that is what you are trying to accomplish. Shoot me back a note if that doesn't make any sense.
+Cassandra McCrory Hi Cass...just saw your comment here on YT (it got spammed for some reason) but I think you are now all squared away now. Thanks again for reaching out and good luck with your presentations!
+Jose Avalos Thanks for the note. All of the text, up to 255 characters should show...that said, if you are trying to get a bunch of text to pop-up you will want to move to an appear and disappear animation technique with triggers. It sounds complicated but is pretty straight forward. Check out my other video for how to pull it off.
Hi Leonardo, glad you enjoyed the post, thanks for the kind comment.
If you want to see how to hook up the animations I used in the video, you can also check out our hide and appear animations tutorial: http://youtu.be/XZ8pehMyXDY
+Emily Guerin Hi Emily, good
question…below are two options (easiest to hardest)
#1: The least
sophisticated way is to setup an object with an appear and disappear animation
to bring your text box (no text limit) shape or picture on and off screen…it's a
little different than the mouseover effect, but it still works.
Check out our latest
video to see how to pull this off (you can then adapt for your own situation): @XZ8pehMyXDY
#2: the more
technically sophisticated way is with Visual Basic (VBA). You can check out the
below link for some VBA code for a custom pop-up box from pptalchemy...the site
is run by John Wilson, of the PowerPoint MVPs who is known as one of the go-to guys for
PowerPoint VBA related issues:
Let me know what you
end up going with and how it works out in your presentation.
This is a great hyperlink trick for showing additional information onscreen during a presentation. You are limited to 256 characters of text, but it can be extremely effective when combined with appear and disappear animations for an onscreen graphic.
You can download the the USA vector map in PowerPoint for free at the site below:
The way you create the colors is to overlay the map on top of itself, with the states that you want colored as specific groups. You can then use hide and appear animations like I did in the tutorial.
Hope that helps!
I'll try to put a tutorial together of how I did it at some point in the future.
Child marriages are common:
On a recent day, eight community elders sat in a [refugee] camp, some chewing khat, the narcotic leaf favored by most Yemeni men. Seven have married off their girls this year.
Even Salim, the elder who worked at the charity, is preparing to marry off his two daughters, ages 13 and 14. "I want to feel secure of their futures, if only for economic reasons," he said.
Mohammad Ali al-Ansi married off his two girls, ages 13 and 14, in April. "My heart is bleeding inside, but I was forced to do this," he said. "I have no job. Its difficult for me to feed my 10 children." He received $1,600 in dowry for each of his girls, he said. But after paying for their weddings and meeting other debts, the money has nearly run out. "If things get worse, theres no doubt Ill marry off my 12-year-old daughter," Ansi said.
More on Ansis 14-year-old daughter Fatma, married to 21-year-old Zaid:
Fatma spent her day cooking and washing clothes for her in-laws. When asked the name of her husbands family, Fatma didnt know it. She remembers her father telling her and her sister, Amal, that the family needed money. She remembers that Amal was in tears because her new husband was taking her to another region. The two sisters have not seen each other since their weddings.
"I am too young to be married," Fatma said. "I want to study. I want to learn how to write. I have sacrificed for my family," she continued, her voice dropping to a whisper.
Minutes later, her husband arrived at the tent, and Fatma went silent. He said Fatma was "at a good age to marry." When asked if she could attend school, he shook his head no. "Shes a little too old for school," he said.
Female sexual freedom among the Tuareg : Flora Drury has written up the sex habits of the Saharas Muslim Tuareg people based on the work by Henrietta Butler. Some excerpts:
Their men became known as the blue men of the Sahara because the dye from their distinctive indigo scarves rub off onto their faces giving them a mysterious air. The Tuareg evoke images of a long forgotten and romantic age.