I have an image with a url link on a master slide in PowerPoint. The link works in slide master view, but in normal view, the link does not work. Is there a way to get an image with a link in a master slide layout to be clickable when that layout is applied to a slide?

thanks, - Mike

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My approach would be:

Insert a shape (as a button) add text to it and insert a hyperlink using the right-click. (Of course, you can stylize it so it does not look like a button)

The hyperlink will not work as you are editing the presentation, but will work when viewing it.

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I think if you only paste the hyperlink on an element like the slide footer, the hyperlink is there but no object showing it.

  • Thanks for responding Rafael. I think I can have what appears to be the clickable object be on the master slide, but on the regular slide, put a transparent box with a link over the element sitting on the master slide. This transparent box creates a hot spot. I'm trying to avoid doing this though. I'd rather have the link functional from within the master slide.
    – itsmikem
    May 18, 2020 at 12:39
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    The example I made is on the master slide. And it is functional.
    – Rafael
    May 18, 2020 at 15:00

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