Grouped action settings
Logic: leverage action setting options
A group of objects cannot have an Action Setting but a
grouped object CAN!
Above is two autoshapes that are grouped. Right click on
the group and Action Settings is greyed out. But now, we take advantage
of some of the hidden power of PowerPoint!
Select one shape again so it is selected within
Right click on the individually selected shape and you
get an active Action Setting.
I selected Hyperlink to next slide on Mouse Click. Now,
we do this for the second autoshape. If you select it within the
group, you can add the same (or different) Action Setting. That
is, you can add an Action Setting to click to go to the next slide, a
different slide, or even End Show.
With this technique, you can add Action Settings to
grouped objects that are the same or different. And, they are still
locked to the object and not the group. So, hitting either object in a
group will trigger the same or different action (PowerPoint 2003, at
This also works for images that are grouped.