With PowerPoint, you can add features quickly to your presentation that are unique to the Internet. Creating a home page, adding hyperlinks to Internet resources, and building action buttons to control the presentation are all tasks you need to learn to build an Internet-ready presentation.
Creating a Home Page
A home page is a Web page that acts as an introduction to your presentation. It serves as a type of table of contents for the presentation, providing hyperlinks to the important components . A home page should contain only the main items of interest, so try to keep the home page list of topics as short as possible. Four or five main topic items, at most, are best.
One way to create a home page quickly is to use the summary slide feature of PowerPoint. The summary slide feature enables you to select specific slides, and PowerPoint will create a new slide using each selected slide title as a bullet item on the new slide. Another term for this feature is agenda slide.
To create a summary slide to use for a home page for your Internet presentation, use the following steps:
After the summary slide has been generated, you should change the generic title Summary Slide to something that is more relevant to your presentation's subject. Simply double-click the summary slide in Slide Sorter view to change to Normal view. You can then edit the title as desired. After you have created a home page, you can format each bullet item with a hyperlink action setting to take your viewers to the appropriate slide, as discussed in the next section.
Hyperlinking to Presentation Resources
A hyperlink is a connection between two locations; your presentation viewers can use hyperlinks to guide them to other presentation slides, Internet pages, or even computer files. After you have created the home page for your presentation, you should format each bullet item as a hyperlink to the appropriate page.
Creating a hyperlink is very simple; just follow these steps:
PowerPoint enables you to create hyperlinks that point to many types of resources, including
A hyperlink can point to any existing presentation slide. In the Insert Hyperlink dialog box, you can select the self-explanatory First Slide, Last Slide, Next Slide, or Previous Slide. These options enable you to provide basic navigation for your viewers. Because most home pages are the first page and "table of contents" of a Web site, you might consider putting a link on each slide that will take your viewer back to the First Slide. Each of your slides should also contain a link to another slide, depending on the course you want your viewers to take while viewing your presentation.
The most common hyperlink destination added to Internet presentations is the URL hyperlink. A URL (uniform resource locator) is the unique address for an Internet resource. When possible, type the full path to the resource so that there are no name conflicts if the presentation is moved to another location. For example, http://www. sams .com/ is the full path that points to the main index document for the Sams Publishing home page.
To add an Internet resource, use the following steps:
Using and Adding Action Buttons or Navigation Controls
You can supply action buttons to help your viewers find useful features. When a user clicks an action button, PowerPoint performs a particular action. There are standard icon images that represent common functions or features, or you can create your own custom button image. Here's a list of some common action buttons, although there are several to choose from:
Navigation controls can be added to your slide to enable viewers in your audience to view every slide in your presentation without using the Slide Navigation pane. This is necessary, especially for those viewers who do not have browsers that support frames . If you find that you need to add navigation controls to your presentation, it is an easy and painless task. You simply insert a button on each slide that your audience can click to move on to the next slide. Although you need at least one button to go to the Next slide, you are not limited to the number of buttons you can put on your slides.
Use the following steps to add a navigation button to a slide: