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Hyperlink Activates When I Click on an Area in a Slide That Does Not Contain a Hyperlink

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I have a PowerPoint slide show with multiple hyperlinks on each slide. The hyperlinks are associated with dots added to the top of pictures on the slides. When you click on a dot, it open another slide. This function works. However, if I accidently click on an area of the picture that does not contain a dot or hyperlink, a hyperlink somehow activates. Any suggestions for correcting this problem?
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Question by:David Broaden
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by:Jamie Garroch
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When clicking on a non-dot area, does the cursor change to the hand icon to indicate a hyperlink? If yes, then there must be a hyperlink on an object at that point of the slide. In edit mode, press Alt+F10 to show the selection Pane and then press Ctrl+A to select all objects to see if there is an invisible object with an unwanted hyperlink.

If the cursor didn't change, you may just be advancing to the next slide. You can prevent this by setting the slide show to run in kiosk mode in View / Slide Show Settings.

If none of the above applies, could you state the version of PowerPoint and upload an example file for checking?
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by:David Broaden
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Thanks for your feedback Jamie. I checked the non-dot areas of the slides and no hand icon appeared. The slide show (.pps file) only contains a cover page that links to a table of contents. The table of contents links to one of ten PowerPoint presentations (.ppt files). Each presentation slide contains dots with hyperlinks to the next slide if the correct dot is clicked on or to an error slide if an incorrect dot is clicked on. Their is also a dot at the bottom of the page that enable you to return to the table of contents from any slide.  Also, I am using PowerPoint 2010.

The attached files are exerts from the program. As I was not able to attached a PowerPoint slideshow file (.pps), I provided the cover page and table of contents in a .ppt file.
Airplanes-Dots.ppt
Cover-and-TOC-Page--Rev.-13.ppt
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So, I opened your Airplanes file and started the slide show. I can see slide 1 is not hidden and slides 2 to 12 are. If I click the first dot (5) then the associated hyperlink takes me to slide 2 as expected. If however I restart the slide show and click anywhere else, PowerPoint takes that input as "next slide" not hyperlink and the show ends (since all other slides are hidden). The strange thing is that if I restart the slide show and click the first dot, PowerPoint 2010 (and 2016 which I also tested) then seems to 'forget' that all other slides are hidden so clicking anything but a dot advances the show to the next slide (which it shouldn't because it's hidden).

Anyway, I believe the control you are looking for is kiosk mode as I mentioned above. This modes prevents all built in PowerPoint navigation from working e.g. space, enter, click, up, down, left, right etc. and forces you to build all navigation, which you've already done.

Open your dot-enabled file and click the Slide Show tab in PowerPoint. Then click Set Up Slide Show and in the dialogue that appears, change the Show type from Presenter by a speaker to Browsed at a kiosk. Now ONLY your navigation will be operable so clicking outside of hyperlinked dots will not advance the show. This mode also has the advantage that you cannot get the blank black screen at the end of a slide show and the user MUST click your green dot to go back to the ToC.

That will give you what you need I believe.
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by:David Broaden
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Thank you for the feedback Jamie. After setting the my slide show (.pps file) and presentations (.ppt files) to Browsed at kiosk, my issue has been resolved. Note, when I initially only set the presentations to Browsed at kiosk, I still experienced a problem. Thank you for sharing your expertise with me.
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That's good to hear David. Yes, the kiosk mode is presentation dependant and saved with each file rather than being a system setting. If you're happy with my response, could you mark it as the answer in order to close the question please?
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Thank you again Jamie for sharing your expertise with me. Your suggestion resolved my issue.
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