Overlapping hyperlinks on shapes in Presenter '09

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If you add hyperlinks to shapes in PowerPoint, please be aware that each hyperlink "hotspot", when published with Presenter '09, will fill the entire bounding box for the shape, not just the shape itself.

In PowerPoint, the bounding box is what allows you to select, resize, and move an object.  The bounding box for all shapes in PowerPoint is a rectangle, regardless of the actual shape it contains.

Therefore, the hyperlink "hotspot" will always be rectangular in your published presentation, even if the shape itself is an oval, a triangle, a trapezoid, etc.  Because the hyperlink "hotspot" may be larger than the shape it contains, placing two or more of these shapes next to each other may result in overlapping hyperlinks as shown by the orange highlighted areas in the image below.

You can avoid overlapping hyperlinks on objects that are closely placed, using one of the following methods:

Move or resize the objects

In PowerPoint, ensure that the bounding boxes for the objects do not overlap by resizing or moving them as necessary.

Use smaller, transparent objects to add hyperlinks

If the objects cannot be moved or resized, you can use transparent objects that are smaller than the original shapes to add hyperlinks that will not overlap.  Here's how:

  1. Remove the hyperlinks from the objects.
  2. Then add a smaller shape or text box on top of each object, ensuring that the bounding boxes for these new shapes do not overlap each other.
  3. Make the smaller shapes / text boxes transparent or invisible by removing the fill color and line color.
  4. Then add your hyperlinks to these smaller, invisible objects.