How to Hyperlink in Google Slides

Adding hyperlinks in Google slides is one of the easiest ways to make your presentations interactive. It’s more than just embedding a link; you can build a whole system between slides, multimedia resources, and external documents. In this article, I’ll take you from the basics of how to add a link in Google slides to advanced methods to make objects clickable and even change your hyperlink's default color. So, if you want truly engaging presentations, don’t miss out on today’s tutorial.

First, we must understand how to add a link in Google Slides. Luckily, there are a handful of ways to do so, and you can choose the one you feel more comfortable with when working on your slides. Let’s check them over real quick:

Method 1 - From the menu

Adding hyperlinks in Google Slides the traditional way is super easy.

Adding a hyperlink in Google Slides

1.- Select the object you want to add the hyperlink to and go to “Insert” in the main menu.

2.- Click on “Link,” and a blank bar will open next to the object selected.

3.- Enter the URL of the website or document you want to link to.

4.- Click on “Apply

Your hyperlink will now appear on the slide.

Method 2 - Using the right-click

You can also try a shortcut by following these steps:

Step-by-step tutorial: Hyperlinks in Google Slides

1.- Select the text or object where you want the link to go

2.- Right-click on it, select “Link,” and a blank bar will appear

3.- Type or paste the URL and click on “Apply

And there you go! A new hyperlink on your slides.

Method 3 - The shortcut key

If you’re a fan of keyboard shortcuts, you’ll be happy to learn that there’s a shortcut key for embedding a link in Google Slides.  

Hyperlink's Shortcut for Google Slides

1.- First, select the placeholder or object to which you want to add a link.

2.- Then, simply hold “Ctrl+K” (the shortcut key for hyperlinks)

3.- A blank bar will appear automatically

4.- All left is to enter the URL and click “Apply.

Method 4 - From the toolbar

Another place to find the “Link” option is in the toolbar.

Google Slides' link icon in the toolbar

1.- Select the element to add a link to.

2.- Go to the toolbar, and click on the “Insert Link” icon

3.- A blank bar will show up next to the element selected

4.- Insert your URL on the bar and click “Apply.

We’ve gone through four different methods to insert a link in Google Slides. To close the basics, there’s one more thing I need to show you.

Once you add a link to your Google slide, you can copy, edit, or remove it. To access these options, click on the placeholder where you inserted the hyperlink. A small tab showing three icons will open - like this:

How to edit a link in Google slides: Copy, Edit, Unlink

Here’s what you can do:

  • Click on the two overlapping rectangles to copy the hyperlink
  • Click on the pencil icon to edit the hyperlink
  • Click on the crossed-out link to remove the hyperlink

And that’s it. Up until this point, you know how to add a link to Google Slides and use the basic features. Now, let’s go to the fun part!

Google slides allow you to hyperlink not only to external sources like a website or video but also to other slides inside your deck. That’s what makes hyperlinks so useful for interactive presentations. And the best part is that it takes less than a minute to link your slides.

How to hyperlink to another slide in Google Slides

1.- First, select an object in your source slide. This is the element where you’ll add the link to your preferred slide. For example, a table of contents could be your source slide, and you’ll insert the links to each section.

2.- Go to Insert > Link (or use any of the four methods described above).

3.- A dialog box will open, and you should click on the option “Slides in this presentation.

4.- Finally, pick the slide you want the object to redirect to, and voilá!

Another pro of using Google slides is that you can easily link documents from your Google workspace into your presentation. For example, a Google sheet to expand your finances report, a Google Doc for more details about your marketing plan, etc. Just follow these steps:

1.- Select the element where you want the hyperlink to go.

2.- Use the shortcut Ctrl + K (or any method from the list above)

3.- Search for your document in the dialog box and click on it

In case you don’t find your document, here’s a little-known feature that Google Slides has recently implemented:

Replace URL in Google Slides

1.- Paste the document URL directly to the slide

2.- Press enter so it changes to a blue color

3.- Hover over the URL, and a preview window will show up

4.- Click on the option “Link” to replace the URL with the name of the document

And there you have it: Your document title as a hyperlink.

Currently, there’s no option to hyperlink a PDF in your Google slides. However, you can use a trick to create a link for your PDF document and add it to your presentation.

1.- First, you need to upload the PDF file to your Google Drive

2.- Then, right-click on it and go to the “Get link” option

3.- Adjust the file access as needed and click “Copy link.”

4.- In Google slides, paste that link directly (as we saw in the previous section). Alternatively, you can select an object and press Ctrl+K (or use any of the four methods from part 1)

5.- If you chose the keyboard shortcut option, search for the name of your PDF document in the blank bar and click on it to create the hyperlink.

Tutorial: how to link to a PDF in Google Slides

Instead of text hyperlinks, you can make your images or shapes clickable in your Google Slides presentation. It’s pretty easy to do and a nice way to surprise your audience with interactive elements. Let’s check the step-by-step:

1.- Place the image in your slide

2.- Select the image and press Ctrl+K or Insert > Link

3.- Type the URL in the blank bar and click “Apply.”

Now, if you want to make your images even more interesting, you can link only their sections using shapes. Let me show you how:

1.- Place the image in your slide

2.- Go to Insert > Shape, and select one that resembles the object you want to link in your image.

3.- Draw the shape on the object and make it fit perfectly.

4.- In the toolbar, click “Fill color” and select a similar color to the object tone.

5.- Then, go to custom and click on the “+” button. A box will pop up so you can adjust transparency.

6.- Add the hyperlink to your shape.

You can do the same to several elements in your image and make clickable buttons that add a “wow” effect to your Google slides.

You’ve already mastered adding hyperlinks in Google slides. Now, if you’re not a fan of the blue underlined text and want to customize the color of your links, here’s what you need to do:

1.- Go to Slide > Edit theme

2.- Select “Colors” from the toolbar, and a column will appear on the right

3.- Open the dropdown menu and click on “Link.

4.- In that section, you’ll be able to pick your preferred color for your hyperlinks.

Change link default color in Google Slides

As seen in the examples, you can use the power of hyperlinks to offer external resources, create fun quizzes, show an original table of contents, and much more.

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