How to Remove Underlined Hyperlinks in PowerPoint

By Tricia Goss

Links are beneficial, but they don't need to be obvious.
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Adding a hyperlink to a website, another file or even a different slide in the current PowerPoint presentation is simple, but the underlined text may detract from your slide show's appearance. Learn how you can maintain important links while removing unattractive lines under text so that they do not distract employees, clients or others who will benefit from focusing on your presentation.

Right-click the hyperlinked text and select "Remove Hyperlink." Select the text of the link and press "Ctrl-C" to copy it. Click the "Insert" tab and click "Shapes" in the Illustrations group. Choose a rectangle and draw the shape over the text you want to hyperlink so that the text is completely behind the shape.

Right-click the rectangle and choose "Format Shape." Select "Fill" in the left pane and choose "Slide Background Fill." Select "Line Color" in the left pane and choose "No Line." Click "Close."

Right-click the rectangle again and choose "Edit Text." Press "Ctrl-V" to paste the text you copied in step 1. Click the "Home" tab, click the "Font Color" button and choose the correct font color.

Click on the border of the rectangle to select the shape rather than the text. Click the "Insert" tab and choose "Hyperlink" in the Links group.

Choose the type of location you want to link to, such as "Existing File or Web Page" or "Place in This Document." Select or enter the specific hyperlink location and click "OK."


Preview the slide show to test your link. Click the "Slide Show" tab and click "From Current Slide" in the Start Slide Show group. Click anywhere on the rectangle to which you added a hyperlink.