PPT2000: PowerPoint Hyperlinks Cannot Contain a Pound Sign (#)

ID: Q226779

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When you use the Save As Web Page command on the File menu to convert your presentation into a Web page, some or all of the hyperlinks may not be translated correctly.


PowerPoint does not preserve hyperlinks that include a reference to an anchor or bookmark within the same or another HyperText Markup Language (HTML)document. These types of hyperlinks include the Uniform Resource Locator (URL), followed by a number sign (#), followed by a unique identifier to designate the anchor or bookmark within the destination link, similar to the following:


Additionally, if a folder contains a number sign (#), (for example 'user#1') and the hyperlinked document is in that folder, or subfolder, the hyperlink will break when the presentation is saved as a Web page.


To work around this problem, use one of the following methods.

Method 1: Avoid References That Use Unique Identifiers

You may avoid this problem by not using references that use unique identifiers, such as anchors or bookmarks.

Method 2: Edit The Converted File and Correct The Hyperlink

Edit the HTML file using an HTML editor, such as Microsoft FrontPage, or a text editor, such as Notepad. At the end of the URL, add the number sign (#) and the unique identifier. For example, change this:

to this:

NOTE: The URL may be listed multiple times within your presentation. Use a search tool to locate and modify all references to the bookmark.

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Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft PowerPoint 2000.

Additional query words: PPT2K PPT2000 PPT POWERPNT 2000 PPT9 9.0 bookmark

Keywords          : kbdta kbweb kbhtml 
Version           : WINDOWS:2000
Platform          : WINDOWS 
Issue type        : kbbug 

Last Reviewed: June 28, 1999