How to Do Mouseovers in Powerpoint

Written by chris hoke
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Microsoft PowerPoint is a presentation program typically used to create and show illustrated slides that complement the points in a presenter's speech. The effects available while creating slides in PowerPoint do not allow you to do mouseover animations, but you can trigger actions such as jumping to a new slide, playing a sound or highlighting the mouseover object. In this way you can make the presentation more interactive than a simple slideshow.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Launch the PowerPoint program and create a new, blank presentation.

  2. 2

    Click the "Insert" menu and choose "New Slide" to create a second slide.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Rectangle" tool and draw a rectangle on the first slide.

  4. 4

    Right-click on the rectangle on the first slide and choose "Action Settings." Click on the "Mouse Over" tab.

  5. 5

    Click on the radio button to select "Hyperlink to:" from the mouseover options. Choose "Next Slide" from the drop-down menu to make the rectangle direct the user to the second slide on mouseover. Check the "Play Sound" button, and then select a sound from the drop-down box to play a sound on mouseover. Check the "Highlight when mouse over" box to highlight the rectangle on mouseover. Click the "OK" button.

  6. 6

    Press the "F5" key on the keyboard to preview the current slideshow. Move the mouse cursor over the rectangle to change to the second slide and play a sound or highlight the rectangle as per the options selected in the "Action Settings" window for the rectangle.

Tips and warnings

  • The mouseover effect can also be applied to images by clicking the "Insert" menu, then clicking on "Picture" and inserting an image. Apply the mouseover action by right-clicking and selecting "Action Settings" in the same method used above.

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