Hotspots (Internal and external links)

Why & what of hotspots?


  • Hotspots allow you to create links to another slides in the presentation or to an external URL anywhere in the web.
  • Hotspots can be also used to create protocols to the page. See Uses for external links and how to create one.
  • Hotspots are a separate "layer" on top of the page and clicking from the spot where hotspot is will take you to the destination.
  • Important notes:
    • If you have internal hotspots on a page and the target slide is removed, the hotspot will not work, but will remain in place creating an hotspot error message if the hotspot is pressed.
    • If you copy presentation with hotspots or page from another presentation using the slide bank hotspots will come along (note again that if they are internal hotspots and the target slide is missing they wont work). However, if the slide is copied from slide bank, but from smart slide bank, no hotspots will be copied along.
    • All hotspots are presentation specific. You can have the same page either as normal copy or as smart slide and set the hotspots to be same or different on all presentations.


Hotspot editor & creating hotspots


  • Edit hotspots by selecting "Slide hotspots" -tab from left toolbar when in editing or play mode (picture 1.). You can also enter the hotspot editor from presentation editor by hovering a mouse on top of a slide thumbnail and pressing three dots and clicking "Edit hotspot" (picture 2.).
  • In hotspot editor you can see every created hotspot, a.k.a link, as an orange box. Clicking the box allows you to see where the link is leading.
  • To create new hotspots click "Selection tool" or "Area hotspot tool" from left toolbar (picture 2.)
    • Selection tool allows you to click any element that is on the page; i.e. image, shape or text box.
      • If there is multiple hotspots overlapping each other the one on top is the functional from the overlapping areas.
      • If you remove the element where the hotspot is linked, the hotspot will turn inactive and has to be added to other elements later or create area hotspot.
    • Area hotspot tool allows you to select any free area from the page and can be freely moved around. 
      • If there is multiple hotspots overlapping each other the one on top is the functional from the overlapping areas.
  • Then choose between "Go to slide" (for internal links) or "External link" for external links going out of your presentation. 


Uses for internal links and how to create one

  • Internal links are a great way to make the navigation in the presentation smoother. It is an easy way to skip pages that are not relevant for that meeting etc. 
  • Create a page where you have multiple top categories listed creating a menu for products, services, etc. (picture 5.)

  • Start by selecting all the elements or areas you want to link ("Selection tool" or "Area Hotspot tool")
  • Internal hotspot is selected as default (Go to slide). Press the button below "Select slide".

  • Select the desired target slide from the window (picture 4.).

  • Save page.

  • You can test your hotspots in play mode.


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Uses for external hotspots and how to create one

  • External linking is great way to channel traffic to your website, social media page or a specific page providing additional information; i.e. contact information, survey, product order page.
  • Make it easier for the viewer of the presentation to contact the presenter later. You can create different protocols to your hotspots (see picture 7. & 8.). 

  • Start by selecting all the elements or areas you want to link ("Selection tool" or "Area Hotspot tool")
  • For external links choose from the drop-down menu "External link".

  • Add the URL (picture 6.) or the protocol to the box below.

  • Press enter or click around the hotspot area.

  • Save page.

  • You can test your hotspots in play mode.


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Copying hotspots from one page to another


  • You can copy one or multiple hotspots from any page on any presentation and paste them to another presentation.
  • Go to the page where you want to copy the hotspots from. 


  • Select all ready hotspots with selection tool (hold CTRL/cmd or drag area).
  • Copy them by pressing CTRL/cmd + C
  • Go to the page where you wish to paste the hotspots and press CTRL/cmd + V
  • All hotspots will be pasted as free area hotspots so they are not linked to any specific element on the page.
  • Note again that if you have any internal hotspots, but the target slide is missing, the hotspots will not work.


Removing a hotspot


  • Remove existing Hotspot by selecting the hotspot with selection tool (left toolbar).
  • Press the trash can icon (picture 9.) or press backspace on your keyboard.
  • Save page if you want the changes to take effect.


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