How to create a tree structure by inserting links between slides and publications

  1. External link
  2. A link to another slide in your PPT
  3. Link to the last visited slide
  4. Link to another publication
  5. Link from PPT to a Story Composer publication (Expert function)

First things first. How do you insert a link in PowerPoint?
Select the element (image, shape) and go to 'Insert' - 'Hyperlink':


or right-click on the element and then choose 'Hyperlink...'

In the next step you can choose the type of link you want to create:

1. External link

To open a website in the in-app browser in the d!nk app (which will only work when the app has a connection to the internet)

Click 'Existing File or Web Page' > 'Current folder' > type in the URL.

2. A link to another slide in your PPT

Click 'Place in This Document' > choose the slide you want to link to.


  • Hyperlinks in grouped elements like smart-art object are not supported by our platform. In order to make this work, you need to convert the smart shape to separate elements.
  • For the top-level navigation structure, we recommend adding your links in your master slide to save time & effort. Learn about master slide here.

Link to the last visited slide

Sometimes, you have a slide that is linked from multiple pages (for instance a link to a disclaimer on each slide). Inserting a link will always bring you back to a fixed slide.

Go to 'Insert' > 'Actions' > choose the action "Last slide viewed".


4. Link to another publication

Jump to another publication or PDF without the need to go to the kiosk first. 

Select "Existing file or Web Page" and browse for another PowerPoint file on your computer. (Important that it is a .pptx file format.)

Tapping the link in the app will then open the other publication.

If you do not select a bookmark, the linked publication will open on the first slide. you can select another slide to open by clicking "Bookmark" and selecting another slide.

Make sure you've converted that pptx file as a .dink file with the d!nk plugin and uploaded the publication to the platform as well.

The Display name can be anything you want it to be. The name of the linked publication in the Portfolio Manager needs to be the exact same name as the original .pptx file (without the .pptx extension).

Note: You need the PowerPoint version 2013 to be compatible while using hasthags or pounds in the links. In earlier versions, the bookmarks are removed.

To link your PPT publication to an existing PDF file in your kiosk, type the following in the address bar: [Admin name of publication]#1. Example: Admin Name Of pdf#1

Important: "#1" is mandatory to be added.

5. Expert function: Link your PPT publication to an existing publication.

Repeat the info of type "1. External link"

But now in the address bar,type the following: [Admin name of publication]#[storynumber] 
You find the storynumber when clicking on the edition name of the publication. (Don't type in the 'S')

Tips & Tricks: 

  • When you create a shape on top of an image or text field to create a link with, make the shape transparent so that you can keep this shape on the foreground for easy handling afterwards. 
  • When creating a presentation for iPad, make sure not to create a link on top of your slide that is smaller than 20 px. The top bar on the device - containing date, hour, internet connection, battery status - can be invisible but will still lay above the publication, making it impossible to click on a link if it is not larger than this bar.

As a note: Check the relevant tutorials if you would like to insert a PDF or a video in PowerPoint.

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