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Create a fake screentip (text that appears when you mouse over a shape)


You'd like to have some sort of helpful text appear when a user mouses over a shape in your presentation.


PowerPoint has no direct way of doing this.

Using VBA would be one way to accomplish the goal, but what if the presentation cannot contain VBA (ie, if you're going to show it in the free Viewer or distribute it to users whose security settings may not permit VBA to run)?

There's another way that requires a bit more work but no VBA at all. Just a nod of thanks to Bill Dilworth, who showed me this trick.

Now here's what'll happen during a slide show when the user moves the mouse over the "magic" shape on the first slide you worked with:

Have a look at this example file. It's a highly simplified example that contains the bare miniumum needed to demonstrate the effect.

You'll certainly want to expand on it a bit. You might want to make the "tip" slide (or slides ... there's no reason you can't have lots of them) hidden so users don't accidentally navigate there during a show.

You could even add another slide just before the hidden slide or slides. Make it as simple as you like but add a shape that covers the entire slide and give it an End Show Mouse Over action. As soon as the user reaches this slide and moves their mouse, the show ends before they can possibly get to the hidden "tip" slide(s).

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Create a fake screentip (text that appears when you mouse over a shape)
Last update 07 June, 2011