Hyperlinked text on slide master does not adhere to color scheme when published

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If you add a hyperlink to text on a slide master in PowerPoint, you may find that the color of the hyperlinked text does not adhere to the color scheme you applied in PowerPoint.  For example, the hyperlinked text may appear black when published, even if your color scheme designates that hyperlinks should be blue.

This is a known issue.  You can workaround this behavior in the following manner:

  1. Remove the hyperlink from the text.
  2. Apply the appropriate font color to the text (the color that represents hyperlinks in your presentation), and also apply underline formatting to the text.  This will give your text the appearance that it is hyperlinked.
  3. Add a rectangle shape to the slide master, and place it on top of the text that you want to hyperlink.
  4. Add the hyperlink to the rectangle.
  5. Remove the fill color and line color from the rectangle, which will make the rectangle invisible.