How to Create a Menu in Powerpoint

by Darla Ferrara

PowerPoint is a multimedia presentation software provided as part of Microsoft’s Office applications. It allows you to create a powerful group of “slides” that include video, sound and animation. When you set up a menu for your PowerPoint presentation, you are making it interactive. A menu allows for easy navigation between different arenas in your slides, especially if the production has sections or chapters. Creating the menu will probably be one of the easiest parts of designing your project.

1

Open PowerPoint on your computer and setup a new slide. Click “File” at the top of the screen and then “New Slide.” If you are adding the menu to an existing page, open that page instead.

2

Add a text box to your screen. Click on the “Drawing” tool icon at the top of the page, the icon looks like a box with an arrow. Draw the text box on the stage. This is going to serve as a link to another page so give it the appropriate shape, size and location. If you want a menu off to the left side, draw the box to the left.

3

Highlight the new box you just added. Click “Insert,” at the top of the page, and then “Hyperlink.”

4

Click “Place in this Document” from the options on the left side of the hyperlink dialog box.

5

Chose the page you wish to link to within your presentation. For instances, if this is your index page and you want a link to a page called Bio, you would select that page from the listing.

6

Add as many boxes and links as you need to complete your menu.

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Writing since 1999, Darla Ferrara is an award-winning author who specializes in health, diet, fitness and computer technology. She has been published in "Mezzo Magazine" and Diet Spotlight, as well as various online magazines. Ferrara studied biology and emergency medical technology at the University of Nebraska and Southeast Community College.

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