How to Find References to External Pictures in PowerPoint

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

Locate the picture in the slide show.

Right-click on the picture.

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.


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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Stephanie Ellen teaches mathematics and statistics at the university and college level. She coauthored a statistics textbook published by Houghton-Mifflin. She has been writing professionally since 2008. Ellen holds a Bachelor of Science in health science from State University New York, a master's degree in math education from Jacksonville University and a Master of Arts in creative writing from National University.