MacMost Now 560: Hyperlinks in iWork Keynote

Learn how you can add hyperlinks to text and graphics in Keynote. Links can jump to web pages or other slides in a presentation. You can also link to other presentations or create a link to send an email.

Comments: 24 Responses to “MacMost Now 560: Hyperlinks in iWork Keynote”

    Lorne Chapman
    9 years ago

    Just wanted to say thanks. I need to organize a complex Keynote presentation and a few minutes watching your video gave me all I needed. Your site has become the “Go To” site for many “How To” questions I have personally and get asked by others. Saves a lot of time in old style manuals. Great job.

    Flora C
    8 years ago

    Hi Gary! Your video was very helpful. We are wondering if there is a way to keep links linked to their prospective slides even if you add and shuffle them around? Is there an easy way to relink everything? Or do you have to manually do it like in ppnt, which is a HUGE pain in the patootie? We are developing a complex presentation with many hyperlinks, and now we found out a member of our team wants flexibility to add slides if need be. This may screw everything up, right? Help! I need some solutions quick or all our hard work till now will go out the window. They are ready to just make us redo it in ppnt.

      8 years ago

      I believe the link should remain intact even if you move the slides. That makes the most sense. Have you tried it? Try a simple presentation with a few slides and see.

        Flora C
        8 years ago

        Thank you, we will! Will let you know. Don’t know if others have had similar issues or concerns. Nice site BTW!

    Thana
    8 years ago

    Hi,

    why when I use the hyperlink I loose the keynote presentation?? I tried it many times and each I use the hyperlink to a webpage I loss the keynote presentation and have to open it again from my computer? Any suggestion to what to do to avoid that??
    Thank you

      8 years ago

      So it switches to your browser and then you have to switch back to Keynote to continue with the presentation. Sounds like that is the natural way it should work.

    Thana
    8 years ago

    how do you switch back to keynote? the back button is disabled! so I can’t go back unless close the window and open the keynote presentation from the beginning.
    Thank you for your help

      8 years ago

      The back button in your browser would only go back to the previous web page (which there isn’t one). You can use your Dock, or Command+Tab or a variety of other methods to go back to Keynote. Or just Command+H to hide Safari and reveal Keynote under it, etc.

    Thana
    8 years ago

    I tried command+tab and command +H didn’t work but the dock worked! thank you so much for your help

      tonya t
      7 years ago

      Thanks for your answer Gary…you saved me at 2:19 AM. You rock.

    Robert L. Poland
    8 years ago

    Gary,
    I’m trying to create a link that includes a # symbol. Keynote changes it to %23 and fails to connect. Is there a cure?
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/mac/#timemachinebasics
    OS 10.7.4

    Gary
    7 years ago

    Can I link to a different presentation in keynote on my ipad – don’t appear to have that option….

      7 years ago

      No, I’m pretty sure that isn’t an option on the iPad.

        Gary
        7 years ago

        Thanks Gary, that’s too bad…

    tj
    7 years ago

    Gary, is there a way in Keynote to click on a hyperlink in your presentation, and when you go back to the menu slide, could that hyperlink change colors or disappear?

    Dustin
    7 years ago

    Hi Gary, I wonder if you could help. I’ve created a Keynote Presentation tow work with only hyperlinks..however the animations that are activated by clicking are no longer responsive, so don’t work. Is there some way to make this work?

      7 years ago

      Hard to say what could be wrong without investigating it first-hand. If they worked at one point, and now no longer work, think of what you did in between and start there. Or, try to re-create those slides and see at what point the animation stops working.

    Rich Pomerantz
    7 years ago

    Hi Gary – When I try to insert a hyperlink in the inspector url area (with my text highlighted in the slide and with webpage selected in the menu in the inspector) I can’t. A url appears there “livepage.apple.com” which I cannot delete to insert my chosen url. Any ideas?

    Thanks!

      7 years ago

      Hard to say. Try some things: Try it again. Try it with some other text. Try re-creating the text field. Try restarting Keynote.

        Rich Pomerantz
        7 years ago

        Hi Gary – Thanks for the quick reply. I had tried all three of those ideas before I contacted you. None of them make any difference. I also created a new keynote show & tried it in that with the same result. It is programmed to have “livepage.apple.com” in the url field when the webpage is chosen as the link location in navigator. I need to get rid of that. Have you ever seen or heard of that before? I am in keynote ’09.

          7 years ago

          I’ve heard of that field being finicky, but never experienced it myself. Maybe get someone else to take a first-hand look.

    Rich Pomerantz
    7 years ago

    I’m taking it to an apple store Monday; maybe someone there will know what it is. Thanks.

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