Clicking anywhere on the screen advances to the next slide.

Aug 03, 2015

I am using hyperlinks to create branching, but on some of the slides the user clicks randomly anywhere on the slide and it advances to the next slide. How can I fix this?

6 Replies
Evi White

Hello there - What I have is a Navigation Menu Bar on the left side of the master slide to which I added transparent hyperlink rectangles over each option. There are some fly-out menus that have hyperlinks as well. I did not cover a slide with a large rectangle. The fly-out menu hyperlinks are set to go to the next slide because the options are in order after the navigation menu bar option. Do you think I should change them to hyperlink to the actual slide instead of just the next slide? There are 100+ slides in my deck so I am trying to avoid a huge change.

Thanks for any advice!

Evi White

So, I've been playing with it.

When I move the mouse around on the screen, I can see where it changes to the icon that allows me to click, but the lines of this area are illogical and not based on any specific object. Sometimes it appears over text, an image, or where there is nothing at all.  

I've checked all the objects on each slide to make sure I didn't accidentally hyperlink them. I did not.

I deleted the hyperlinks to see if it would still advance. It did not.

I made new hyperlinks and the problem is gone.

*sigh* Well, I guess I know what I'm doing today. I am going to have to delete and recreate all the fly-out menu hyperlinks for all the slides. Perhaps the file became corrupted somehow?

Leslie McKerchie

Hi Evi! I'm not sure that I've heard of this issue before, but glad you were able to narrow it down. 

You could perhaps try this approach first to see if it saves you a bit of time:

You may be able to resolve PowerPoint file corruption in this manner:

  1. Open a new, blank presentation in PowerPoint.
  2. Go to the Home tab, click the drop-down arrow beside New Slide, and choose Reuse Slides.
  3. In the Reuse Slides panel, click the Browse button and choose Browse File.
  4. Browse to your original PowerPoint file and click Open.
  5. At the bottom of the Reuse Slides panel, mark the box to Keep source formatting.
  6. Right-click the first slide in the Reuse Slides panel and select Insert All Slides.
  7. Save the new presentation and republish.

Note: Articulate resources, such as audio and video, will need to be inserted again into the new presentation. You may need to export the narration from your original presentation, then import it into the new presentation.

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