Linking a Text Box to a Cell in PowerPoint

By Kathryn Hatashita-Lee

A hyperlink destination can open a chart or other support data.
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Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 allows you to link a slide’s text box or placeholder to another slide in your presentation. Select a hyperlink destination to display more resources or support data for your audience. For example, clicking a link can open a combination chart to help your clients understand your company’s impressive sales revenue. Before you insert the hyperlink, edit your slides so all the content displays in its final form.

Insert the Hyperlink

Click and drag to highlight the text in the text box or placeholder in Normal view.

Click the “Insert” tab on the command ribbon and click “Hyperlink” in the Links group to open the Edit Hyperlink dialog box.

Click “Place in This Document” in the Link To section. Your slide list appears in the preview window.

Click the slide that will be the hyperlink destination. For example, click “Slide 2” in the preview window.

Click “OK” to close the dialog box.

Test the Link

Click the “Slide Show” tab on the ribbon and then click the “From Beginning” button in the Start Slide Show group.

Right-click any slide, click “Go to Slide” and then click the slide with the link.

Click the link to test if it opens the correct slide.


If the command ribbon does not display, click the "Normal" button on the status bar to bring up the ribbon and slide list.


Information in this article applies to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.