Create a Pop-Up Effect When You Mouse Over an Object in PowerPoint

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated March 16, 2021

Applies to: Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2013, 2016, 2019 and 365 (Windows)

You can create a pop-up effect in PowerPoint when you hover over or mouse over text, pictures or other objects. When you hover over an object during a slide show, you can have PowerPoint jump to another slide to make it appear that an object is a pop-up. To create this type of effect, you’ll need to use Action Settings and animations. The pop-up effect will occur when you hover over specific objects during a slide show.

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Creating a hover over pop-up effect by linking to another slide

You can create a hover over pop-up effect by creating a slide, duplicating it and then linking the two slides. The idea is that when you hover over an object during a slide show, the object that pops up is actually on another slide.

To create a hover over effect using two slides:

  1. In Normal View, display the slide with the object you want to hover over.
  2. Duplicate the slide (you can right-click the slide in the thumbnails and press Ctrl + D to duplicate it). The pop-up shape would be inserted on the duplicate. The shape may be a text box or a callout shape to resemble a pop-up.
  3. Add the shape you want to appear as a pop-up on the second slide.
  4. Go to the first slide and select the shape or other object that you want to hover over.
  5. Click the Insert tab in the Ribbon.
  6. In the Links group, select Action or Action Settings.
  7. In the Action Settings dialog box, click the Mouse Over tab.
  8. Select Slide … from the drop-down list under Hyperlink to. A dialog box appears.
  9. Select the second slide.
  10. Click OK twice.
  11. Go to the second slide and select the shape that you want to hover over.
  12. Click the Insert tab in the Ribbon.
  13. In the Links group, select Action or Action Settings.
  14. In the Action Settings dialog box, click the Mouse Over tab.
  15. Select Last Slide Viewed from the drop-down list under Hyperlink to. This would return to the previous slide.

The Action Settings dialog box includes several options on the Mouse Over tab:

Action Settings dialog box in PowerPoint to create mouse over or hover over effect.

Adding animation to create a pop-up effect

To create a hover over pop-up effect, you’ll need to add an animation to the object on the second slide:

  1. Go to the second slide and select the shape you added.
  2. Click the Animations tab in the Ribbon.
  3. In the Animations group, click the More down arrow on the bottom right of the Animations gallery.
  4. Select More Entrance Effects from the drop-down menu. A dialog box appears.
  5. Click Peek In in the Basic group.
  6. Click OK.
  7. On the Animations tab, click Effect Options in the Animations group. A drop-down menu appears.
  8. Select From Bottom (so that the object pops up).
  9. On the Animations tab, in the Timing group, select With Previous from the Start drop-down menu.

Peek In appears in the More Entrance Effects dialog box:

Peek in animation in the More Entrance Animations dialog box in PowerPoint.

Previewing the effect in a slide show

The final step is to run the slide show to test the pop-up. Click the Slide Show button on the bottom right of the screen. Hover over the object on the first slide and then hover over the object on the second slide to test the effect.

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You can create a pop-up effect in PowerPoint when you hover over or mouse over text, pictures or other objects. When you hover over an object during a slide show, you can have PowerPoint jump to another slide to make it appear that an object is a pop-up. To create this type of effect, you’ll need to use Action Settings and animations.
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