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Adding web links in Prezi is surprisingly simple, but it's somewhat limited. Any text that starts with http or https, Prezi will automatically activate as a link. This is great, but adding web links to other text or to images isn't possible in the editor as of this recording. Not so great. There's a work around for this that I'll get to in a minute. But first, let's go ahead and add a text link to our sample Prezi. I'll scroll in to where I want it to be using our scroll wheel on my mouse.
Just kind of clicking in this area and scrolling in. And the first thing I'll do is click where I want the link to appear. This gives me a text box. I'll type the full URL that I want to link to. And I'll change the default color to something we can read. There we go http://. And remember, this URL needs to start with http or https to be recognized as the link. When I deselect the text box by clicking it anywhere else on the canvas, you can see then align appeared under the URL, indicating that it's now a link.
So here in Edit mode if I click on it, it just lets me edit the text. But if I go into Present mode and click on it here, It seems like nothing happened. If I jump out of full screen mode, clicking the x, so we can see that the page opened in another window on top of our Prezi window. We just couldn't see it because we were in full screen. And I clicked it twice so it did open twice. So this is a little bit awkward since you don't really get any indication that the link has been opened when you're in full screen mode.
So if people are interacting with your Prezi when it's embedded in a webpage, your link will work as expected. But keep in mind, if they're watching in full screen, they may not see your link until they exit full screen mode. I'll close these windows and hop back to our editor. Zoom back out here. So I've shown you the simple and easy way to add links to your Prezi, but as we scroll back in here, you can see that this link is kind of long and ugly. What if you want to add a link to regular text or to an image? Right now that's not supported in the Prezi editor. There is a hack for this though. You can create a PDF with a link embedded in it and then place that PDF into your Prezi and the link will work.
While creating a link in a PDF is out of scope of this course, there are a couple of courses in the lynda.com library that show you how to do this. InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents and Acrobat X Essential Training, both cover it. I have created a PDF with our link embedded in it to demonstrate how it works. This file is included in the free exercise files for this course if you like to follow along. So to load that PDF, we can use the keyboard shortcut L. Or go up to the Insert menu, and this brings up our dialogue box and we can choose a PDF.
And its NOIcom.pdf. I'll click on it and click to open, and it takes a moment to process it, and here it is. Now I can place it where I want it to go, somewhere in here About like that. I'll nudge it over with my keyboard, and now I can click on this link. I'm going to click off onto the canvass. And if I click on this link it works. It links right to my website. And if I close this, we're back in the Prezi editor.
Editing these is a little awkward though. Say I just wanted to resize this image. If I click on it to select it, the link is going to open up. So the best way to select this so I can get to that Context menu, is hold down Cmd+Shift, or Ctrl+Shift on a PC, come out here and drag a Marquee over the thing that I want to select. Now I have the Transformation menu here and I can make changes. So I'll make it a little bit smaller, and a little bigger, there.
Or I can delete it. I can also move it around and get it just right. Now this PDF hack may not be required in future versions, since adding links to text and images is a highly requested feature. Well, that gives you an overview of adding web links to your Prezis, adding even more interactivity to your presentations.
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