Hyperlink on an animated text box is active before the text box is dislayed

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You may find that a hyperlink that is applied to a text box is active before the text box actually appears on the slide if all the following criteria are true:

  • A hyperlink is applied to a text box.
  • An entrance animation is applied to the same text box.
  • The entrance animation is delayed so that the text box does not display immediately when the slide appears.

This is a known issue.  You can work around it using one of the following methods:

Replace the text box with an image

  1. Right-click the text box, and select Save as Picture.
  2. Save the text box as a PNG or EMF image.
  3. Delete the text box.
  4. Insert the PNG or EMF image in its place.
  5. Add the appropriate entrance animation and hyperlink to the image.

Use a shape rather than a text box

  1. Delete the text box.
  2. Insert a PowerPoint shape (such as a rectangle).
  3. Add your text to the PowerPoint shape.
  4. Set the Fill for the shape to No Fill.
  5. Set the Line Color for the shape to No Line.
  6. Add the appropriate entrance animation and hyperlink to the shape.

Group the text box with another text box

  1. Add another text box to the slide that includes only a space (essentially, an "invisible" text box).
  2. Select both text boxes (SHIFT+Click).
  3. Press CTRL+G to group both text boxes together.
  4. Apply the appropriate entrance animation to the grouped object.