How to Make an Interactive PowerPoint

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How to Make an Interactive PowerPoint
Attach a click event to a PowerPoint chart and animate your data. (graph bars image by Tomislav from

Ordinary PowerPoint presentations display a sequence of static slides that contain text, images or video. Interactive presentations engage and sometimes surprise audiences by causing an interesting event to occur when a user clicks a slide show object. Microsoft included "trigger" functionality with PowerPoint that allows users to attach trigger events to slide show objects. For example, a teacher can create an interactive quiz that displays animated trophies when students click correct answers. Use your imagination and creativity to add interactive triggers to your next PowerPoint presentation and surprise your audience.

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  1. 1

    Open PowerPoint. Press "CTRL+M" to add a new slide.

  2. 2

    Click the "Insert" tab at the top of the screen and click "Shapes." PowerPoint will display a list of shapes.

  3. 3

    Click the rectangle shape. Your mouse cursor will change to a crosshair. Hold down left mouse button and draw a small rectangle near the right side of the slide.

  4. 4

    Right-click the rectangle and select "Edit Text." Type "Show Picture" in the rectangle.

  5. 5

    Double-click "Picture" at the top of the screen. The "Insert Picture" window will open and display folders and files on your hard drive. Navigate to an image file and double-click it. PowerPoint will open the image and display it on the slide.

  6. 6

    Click the "Animations" tab at the top of the screen and then double-click "Add Animation." You will see a list of animation effects. Click the "Float In" effect.

  7. 7

    Click "Trigger" in the "Advanced Animation" section. A menu of options will appear. Select the "On Click Of" option and then select "Rectangle." PowerPoint will make the rectangle a trigger that causes the image to float into view when you click the rectangle.

  8. 8

    Press F5 to preview the slide show. Click the rectangle. The image will appear.

Tips and warnings

  • You also can use charts, text boxes, word art and other PowerPoint objects as triggers. For instance, to make text fade in when you click an object, put the text in a text box and apply a "Fade In" animation effect.

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