Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007 and 2010. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Linking to Slides in PowerPoint.

Linking to Slides in PowerPoint

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated January 4, 2022)
This tip applies to Word 2007 and 2010


The programs provided as part of the Office suite do a pretty good job of working together. Of course, trying to get them to work together well can be a challenge at times, but once you know the little tricks, life is much easier.

For instance, let's say you wanted to insert a hyperlink in a Word document and have that hyperlink reference a slide in a PowerPoint presentation. You can do this by following these steps:

  1. Highlight the text to which you want to attach the hyperlink.
  2. Press Ctrl+K. Word displays the Insert Hyperlink dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Insert Hyperlink dialog box.

  4. Click on the Existing File or Web Page button at the left side of the dialog box.
  5. In the Look In area, make sure Current Folder is chosen.
  6. Navigate through the folders, just as you would if you were using the Windows Explorer. You want to locate and select the PowerPoint presentation file.
  7. When the PowerPoint file is selected, the full path to the file appears at the bottom of the dialog box, in the Address box. At the end of the address, type a pound sign (#) followed by the slide number you want to use from the presentation. For instance, if you want to use the forty-second slide, your full entry might be C:\My Documents\Presentations\sample.ppt#42.
  8. Click on OK.

If you don't know the slide number that PowerPoint is using for a particular slide, you can use this method to insert the hyperlink:

  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Select the slide that will be the target of your hyperlink in Word.
  3. Press Ctrl+C to copy the slide.
  4. Switch to Word.
  5. Position the insertion point where you want your hyperlink located.
  6. Using the controls available under the Paste tool (on the Home tab of the ribbon), choose to paste the slide as a hyperlink.
  7. Edit the new hyperlink, as desired.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (10439) applies to Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Linking to Slides in PowerPoint.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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2017-08-14 04:09:39


It worked, regardless word version 2016/2010/etc..
The command is the same


2 steps to get to your desired slide :
1. When u click this link it will open the power point slide 1, (this is the initiation phase to get the power point up)
2. When u again click this link it will bring you to the corresponding slide.


2016-10-25 08:26:33

Kristian Holm

I believe this only works with pps or ppsx files. Not with ppt or pptx/pptm.

2015-05-18 13:54:55


This helped a ton! Thanks so much for the help! I will make sure to keep visiting this site for more tech help! Thanks!

2014-06-05 11:43:39



Mine is also only opening to the first slide in the presentation - and then only in "Normal" view, with the Slides column appearing on the left, with the first slide selected.

Win7 Pro using Office 2010.

2014-06-05 09:28:55

John Summers

Make sure that there are no spaces between the file extension, the # sign and the page number.

2012-10-13 08:37:12


Hi Allen

I have the same problem as Nancy. The Powerpoint file opened at the first slide instead of the one identified in the hyperlink. I also tried a similar hyperlink to Excel as described in another tip, with the same problem. The workbook opened onto the worksheet visible when the workbook was last saved instead of the sheet specified in the hyperlink.

Thanks for any help in resolving this.

Jim Byrne (

2012-06-12 12:23:03


I forgot to add, I'm on Win7 and using Office 2007.

2012-06-12 12:20:36


Hi Allen,

I tried this and it didn't work. The link only opened to the first slide not the one I designated.

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