How to Find References to External Pictures in PowerPoint

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How to Find References to External Pictures in PowerPoint
PowerPoint software is used to design presentations. (projector ready for presentation image by Dmitry Goygel-Sokol from

Microsoft PowerPoint is software that you can use to add an element of style and interaction to any business meeting, lecture or speech. You can add images to PowerPoint in two ways: embed an image into the slide or link to an external file. If you have an external picture in your slide show and you move the PowerPoint or picture file, a broken link symbol will show in your slide rather than an actual picture. You can find out where the external picture file is located by looking at the hyperlink information.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Locate the picture in the slide show.

  2. 2

    Right-click on the picture.

  3. 3

    Click "Edit hyperlinks." A window will open up, and the address of the hyperlink will be displayed in the address box at the bottom of the window.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also find the hyperlink in slide show mode. Click "Slideshow" and then click "From current slide." Mouse over the picture and the link will show in a text box.

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