Often PowerPoint presentations are divided into several sections. This is a handy tip for producing online resources in which seperate sections or parts of PowerPoint presentations can be hyperlinked to via ‘tabs’. The image on the left shows an exmaple. This can be very effective when used with tools like Adobe Presenter. This is a technique I first saw this in my colleague Stuart Johnson’s Plagiarism Tutorial and have used in several resources since, and often get asked how it is done.
Here are the steps to create this.
1. Create a Slide Master template
2. Create tabs
Still in Slide Master view draw the tabs using the ’rounded corner’ shape and type ‘Part 1’ on it. The default for PowerPoint is to align the text in the centre of the shape. For the alignment of the tabs it is best to position the text at the top of the shape, this can be done via ‘Format Shape’.
3. Duplicate and align the tabs
First rotate the the shape 90 degrees and position it on the lefthand side of the silde. Then copy and paste the shape the required amount of tmes for the number of sections in your presentation. Copy and pasting it will ensure all the tabs are the same size.
Finally colour your your shapes to match the template.
4. Make your presentation
Having completed your Slide Master, write your presentation fully. This will enable you to identify where your sections start and end.
5. Insert Hyperlinks to sections
Having completed writing your presentation, return back to your Slide Master. To enable the tab to hyperlink to the start of a section, select the ‘part’ shape and and go to ‘Inert Hyperlink‘. In PowerPoint there is the option to link to a ‘Place in the Document’. For the Part tabs to work hyperlink the shape to the slide at which that setion/part starts.
6. Hight the section being viewed
You can leave it at stage 5 if you want, however it can make the presentation more attractive if you highlight being viewed. To do this copy and paste the Slide Master, so you have one template per section. Then change the colour of the ‘part’ shape for on each of the templates for the relevant part.
7. Assign layouts to slides
Exit the Slide Master and go back through the presentation assigning the appropriate layout to the slides in each section.