49 responses

  1. amar
    April 4, 2012

    Thanks and good technique to create the document with good flow when the data is scattered across various documents.

  2. Pras
    June 14, 2012

    In an MS Outlook email (html format) or in a MS Word document, can I create a hyperlink to a specific slide in a specific powerpoint file. I tried pasting manually # 2. Title. But, it gives the following error: “General failure: The URL was: “file:///C:\temp\…. The system cannot find the path specified.”
    Is there any way to make this work?

    • Ellen
      June 14, 2012

      It won’t work in an email because when the recipient opens it, the link is no longer valid. The PowerPoint presentation isn’t on the recipient’s computer; it’s on yours.
      To link from Word to PowerPoint try this:
      Save the PowerPoint file as a PowerPoint Show (.pps or .ppsx)
      In Word, link to the show, using the # trick. It seems to only work when there is a slide title, by the way.
      This worked for me.
      I strongly suggest that you have the PowerPoint and Word files in the same folder.

  3. Pras
    June 15, 2012

    Thanks Ellen.
    I tried MS Word it works!! However, when I tried to open the link from my own draft email, it gives the same “General failure…” error. Is it because the email draft is still saved on a server which is not same location as the saved .ppsx file on my PC? In turn, I was planning to use a SharePoint teamsite to save the ppsx file so that the path is valid to all email receipients. Not sure whether it will be possible. Any suggestions?

  4. Ellen Finkelstein
    June 15, 2012

    I’d be interested in your results with posting the presentation online and linking to it. I haven’t tried that. Let us know how it goes!

  5. Yuri
    June 16, 2012

    I tried Hyperlink from PowerPoint to a specific location in another file as shown above and it works. But when I re-open those files again, it did not work. Yes, the hyperlink is still there and can be opened but only opening the doc file not directly go to the specific page on the doc file.
    I looked into the hyperlink dialog box and found the pound sign (#)at the end gone..but the doc file is still there.
    Any suggestions please?

    • Ellen
      June 16, 2012

      I just tried again.. It’s a couple of days since I opened the Excel and PowerPoint files that I used for testing. The link still works and the # is still there. But there was a delay. What happened is that I had another presentation open. When the hyperlink is clicked, it opens a dialog box warning you about hyperlinks. Did you get that? Here’s an article about that message: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925757

  6. Yuri
    July 2, 2012

    Hi Ellen,
    Sorry for belated infor. Thank you very much.

  7. Andrei
    August 7, 2012

    Hi everybody.
    (I’m planning to create some kind of overview. In the first place I thought of a offline website, but years passed since I’ve created a website. But it will be huge. )

    Is there a way to close previous presentation each time you click on a hyperlink? I’m thinking that the system might crash if I create a presentation with connection to +-35 ppt’s, so after a while googling through the ppt they will all be open. And that’s not a good idea…

  8. anna
    September 19, 2012

    i added an hyperlink to a slide in a other presentation, but it won’t open in a slideshow. It keeps saying i dont have the add-in. do you know what i have to change?

    • Ellen
      September 23, 2012

      I don’t know why you would get a message about an add-in. Add-ins can sometimes interferes with things working properly. Try saving the PowerPoint file as a PowerPoint Show (.pps or .ppsx) and see if you get the result you want.

  9. J
    September 25, 2012

    Hi All–I created a button in powerpoint to go to a specific slide in my presentation. I published the file in Adobe Presenter. The action button does not work. It’s actually a shape to which I applied beveled and shadow effects. Do you know of a work around or how to fix this issue?

    • Ellen
      September 26, 2012

      I don’t have Adobe Presenter, so I can’t help you. Maybe another reader will have the answer.

  10. Rosie
    October 10, 2012

    I have all three files on the flash drive and have created all the hyperlinks. They work fine on my workstation, however, as the drive letter changes when i use the flash drive on another workstation the hyperlinks no longer work. Any suggestions. The files need to be on a flash drive as i giving a presentation offsite and will be using their hardward. thanks.

    • Ellen
      October 12, 2012

      Was the other presentation in the same folder when you hyperlinked it?

  11. Mike
    November 20, 2012

    I am attempting to link to a specific .ppt slide from a SharePoint 2010 image mapped .jpg.

    I have added the url in my html along with the # and subsequent info. I have tried with and without %20 for spaces after the #.

    In either case, when I click the image, it links to the correct file, but upon opening, I get this error.

    PowerPoint can’t open the type of file represented by http://path/filname

    I can open the file without the bookmark information and have the needed permissions. If I include the bookmark in my anchor tag, I get the error. I’ve looked online briefly to no avail.

    Ideas? Thanks!

    • Ellen
      November 20, 2012

      I don’t know what a “SharePoint 2010 image mapped .jpg” means. Is it like a website? PowerPoint might realize that the link is coming from a webpage and block it. Or not understand it. Does it work from one PowerPoint file to another?

  12. Mike
    November 27, 2012

    That means the .jpg file is image-mapped (clickable with HTML anchors, ie, click on Kansas on the .jpg to go to the Kansas page). The .jpg is in a Content Editor Web Part in SP 2010.

    I can copy out the URL with the anchor and try to paste it into the browser and get the same error. I’ll continue to work on it. Thanks!

  13. Leslie
    December 13, 2012

    I have a .htm file which contains a long list (more than can be comfortably shown on a slide). Certain list items hyperlink to specific slides in different PowerPoint shows (.ppsx), or different slides in the same show and the links work.
    What I want to do now is use Shyam Pillai’s Live Web add-in to show the .htm file on one slide and still have the hyperlinks work – at present they crash Powerpoint.
    Any ideas of an alternative way of achieving the same action?

    • Ellen
      December 13, 2012

      Why does it work as an HTM file? Because you can scroll? If you could put a scrollable text box on a slide, would that help?

  14. Leslie
    December 14, 2012

    because I am still getting to grips with all the goodies and didn’t know about the scrollable text box :-(
    tried it but could hyperlink text inside the box – but at least I have a new ” toy” to experiment with.

    thanks for the pointer

  15. Jeff
    April 11, 2013

    Hi Ellen – I hyperlinked some pics to a specific slide in another presentation but it takes me to slide #1 each time i click (while on presentation view) and when it opens, it doesn’t open in presentation style. Please help. Thank you in advance. Jeff

    • Ellen Finkelstein
      April 11, 2013

      Do you mean that the other presentation opens in Normal view? I’ve never seen that happen. Try again with another presentation, perhaps.
      Which method did you use to hyperlink to a specific slide? In the post, I mention using the Bookmark dialog box and also using the # symbol.

  16. Pete Beard
    May 5, 2013

    Brilliant – I’ve looked through many help files and this is the best. Quick and easy instructions to follow and works well in my training material Thanks

  17. Julie
    May 13, 2013


    I have multiple PowerPoints created and saved on my USB drive. Each PowerPoint has a blank slide at the end with a hyperlink to the next PowerPoint file. It works fine on my computer, but when I try to use the USB on a different computer, the hyperlink won’t work. Ideas?

    • Ellen Finkelstein
      May 13, 2013

      My guess is that the URL isn’t valid on he new URL. Were all presentations in the same folder when you created the hyperlinks? If not, you would have to perfectly reproduce the folder structure on the new computer.

  18. Julie
    May 13, 2013

    Yes, all the presentations were in the same folder on the USB before I created the hyperlinks. I want to run the presentations from the USB, not download them to the new computer. What do I need to do to the hyperlink to make it work properly?

  19. Ellen Finkelstein
    May 13, 2013

    Hyperlinks often break when you move the presentation. Try FixLinks Pro: http://www.pptools.com/fixlinks/index.html

  20. falak
    June 14, 2013

    I just want to know that after creating a link it does work but I want to refer back to the root ppt from where I had created this link …..
    need help immediately plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • Ellen Finkelstein
      June 14, 2013

      I’m not sure what you mean by “refer back to the root ppt” but if you close the 2nd presentation, you’ll be back on the slide of the original presentation where you started.

  21. Gene
    October 14, 2013

    I heve created an action to open a slide in the same presentation. It doesn’t work with Click or Mouse Over. The only way I can open the link is to right click and then use open hyperlink. I can’t figure out why it doesn’t work as it should. Any suggestions?

    I also tried to link to a specific page in a PDF or another Powerpoint presentation. With either the PDF or PPT the link opens only to the first page or the first slide depending on the file. Again, I add the #after the file name and the slide/page number and slide name as you indicated but it still only opens to the first page/slide of the linked doc. I can’t figure out what’s going on. Any help would be appreciated. I am using PPT 2013.

  22. Faye
    April 22, 2014

    When I created a link to another slide in a different presentation and then sent the presentation to 2 of my colleagues they could not open the link. Is that because they do not have a copy of my folder containing both presentations. Or is it because I did not save both presentations in the same folder.
    How would I go about sending them the final presentation that will contain hyperlinks to slides in other presentations?

  23. Faye
    April 22, 2014

    To Gene- Dated 10-14-2013:
    If you click on the ‘Slide Show’ tab at the top of the ribbon; then, choose ‘From Beginning’ (top left of your screen). Then once the slide show begins, you should see the links (the hand) and they should immediately take you to other slides.

  24. Ceri
    April 30, 2014

    Thanks for this tip, it was just what I was looking for.

    I set up all of the hyperlinks between various presentations using the bookmark dialogue box but now I have a problem.

    All files are saved in the same folder on a memory stick and all of the hyperlinks are in tact and correct to the specified place in the additional presentations but when I open the initial PowerPoint on my laptop it automatically opens in presentation mode so when I click the link to a different PowerPoint file it has reverted to going to the first slide and not the third slide that the hyperlink says.

    If however I open PowerPoint first then open the initial file it opens in normal mode where I can edit if I should wish and if I go straight to slide show then the hyperlinks go to the specified bookmark in the next presentation.

    Why is it doing this?!

    I will be giving the memory stick to my boss and I need to know that it is going to link to the correct places otherwise it will make no sense!

  25. Muddasir
    May 10, 2014

    Just brilliant. It explains exactly what I was looking for in simplest possible way.


  26. Max
    May 27, 2014

    Hi Ellen,
    I am trying to link specific slide from presentation number 1 to the text on a slide from presentation number 2. But when I click the link associated with the text from presentation number 2, every time the first slide from presentation number 1 is opened instead of specific slide.
    Why it is that every time first slide opens and not any other specific slide?
    Pl help.

    • Ellen Finkelstein
      May 27, 2014

      Did you use a bookmark as explained in the blog post?

  27. Jojo
    June 4, 2014

    Hyperlink from PowerPoint to a specific location in another file word documents, but when i restart my laptop or desktop and open the slides and try to click the link disappeared or the link open but not in specific location, when i check my link the bookmark # (the pound sign)plus code name gone…. please help us… thank you

  28. Zeanab
    June 17, 2014

    Hi Ellen

    My powerpoint presentation is not opening my linked word documents. My linked web pages are opening though. Please help

    • Ellen Finkelstein
      June 17, 2014

      Hard to know what the problem is with that information. Have you tried with a new presentation just to troubleshoot? Was the Word document moved? Try saving a Word document in the same folder as the presentation and see if you can link to it.

  29. Carlos Luis Brito
    November 8, 2014

    Question: Can I make a link to a PPS and/or a PPSX that will allow other people see the PPS when I email then the link? In other words, will they be able to see it by just clicking a link?
    Please, let me know if it is possible and what should I do to learn to do it
    Thank You
    Carlos Luis

  30. Eric
    January 28, 2015

    Seems like this doesn’t work for slide pages >=10. If I link to slide 11 it just goes to slide 1.

  31. Brian
    January 30, 2015

    Hi I applied a hyperlink within an excel folder but when I click it an error comes up saying “This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator.” the trouble is I don’t know of any restrictions. Please can somebody help.
    Regards Brian

  32. Sumit
    February 11, 2015

    I am trying to link a specific page of a PDF to a PPT presentation? Tried the pound sign trick, but its not working. It lands me to the index page (first page) of the destination document, but does not go into the target page.

    Any guidance will be highly appreciated.

    • Ellen Finkelstein
      February 11, 2015

      I’ve never tried that, but if it doesn’t work, it’s because PowerPoint doesn’t have access to the required information. Remember that PDF is an Adobe format, not a Microsoft one. I’d suggest isolating that page in a PDF of its own and linking to that.

  33. Steven
    February 25, 2015

    Hello. Thank you for the tutorial. I’d love to get it working. My problem is the same one described by Jeff, Gene, Ceri, Max, and Sumit above. I do not see any responses to their posts which address this issue. I have created two new ppt files and when I link to a specific slide, as instructed in your tutorial, the link opens the second power point file always to the first slide and not to the file specified in the bookmarked link. I am also using Power Point 2013. Any solutions yet?

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