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Create a PowerPoint quiz

Updated on November 23, 2010

The features of PowerPoint make it easy to create a simple multiple choice quiz. The quiz can incorporate pictures, video and sound to make it more fun.

This hub explains the steps needed to create an enjoyable quiz that you can send to your friends or students to test their knowledge.

Linking the Slides

The quiz will require question slides and each question slide will need a slide for the correct answer and a slide for the wrong answer. Each question therefore is made up of 3 slides.

These slides will be linked together using Action Buttons. When the user clicks the correct option they will see the correct answer slide for that question, with another button allowing them to proceed. If they click the wrong option, they will see the wrong answer slide with options to return to the question or end the show.

To create an Action Button;

  1. Click the Shapes button on either the Home or Insert tabs of the Ribbon
  2. At the bottom of the menu there is a selection of action buttons to choose from. Each one has a different default action. Select the Custom button
  3. Draw the button onto the slide
  4. On releasing the mouse button the Action Settings dialogue box appears. Click the Hyperlink to: option and from the drop list select the required option. For example, select Slide to link to another slide, or End Show to quit the quiz
  5. The action for the button is set; we now need to label it. With the button selected type the text you wish to appear on the button
  6. You will need to create many buttons as it will become the only way for your quiz taker to navigate the quiz. You can save time by copying existing buttons by pressing Ctrl + D.
  7. To change a buttons action, right mouse click the button and select Edit Hyperlink

Setting the hyperlink for an Action Button
Setting the hyperlink for an Action Button

Arranging Objects on the Slides

After inserting the various objects required on your slides such as pictures, video, buttons and text boxes, you will need to arrange them neatly on the slide.

  1. Select the object/s you want to arrange
  2. Click the Arrange button on the Home tab of the Ribbon
  3. Select Align
  4. Ensure the correct option from Align to Slide or Align Selected Objects is selected
  5. Click the required alignment option

An alternative way of arranging the objects on your slides is to use the Grid or Drawing Guides. To turn these on;

  1. Click the Arrange button on the Home tab of the Ribbon
  2. Select Align
  3. Click Grid Settings
  4. Click either Display grid on screen or Display drawing guides on screen
  5. Click Ok

Remove the Slide Show navigation

A presentation ordinarily will be navigated by using the keyboards cursor arrows or a left click of the mouse. However we would like to remove this functionality as our quiz takers will use the buttons for navigation. For this we will hide the presentation slides.

  1. Select all the slide of the presentation except the first slide
  2. Click the Slide Show tab
  3. Click the Hide Slide Button

Hidden slides in a presentation
Hidden slides in a presentation

Save as a PowerPoint Show

The finished quiz will then be saved as a PowerPoint Show. This will ensure the quiz will run on opening, rather than open in PowerPoint. It also ensures that nobody can edit the quiz.

  1. Click the Office Button and click Save As
  2. Locate the drive or folder you wish to save the show to
  3. Enter a filename for the show
  4. Click the drop list arrow for the Save as type: box at the bottom of the Save As dialogue box
  5. Select PowerPoint Show from the list
  6. Click Save

Related Links

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      morik 7 years ago

      ...nice tutorial.

      i had the same problem to create a quiz ... but i found the quiz-generator .. it's in german and only a demo-version but if only 7 question than it works fine ...

      set your question in the xls-sheet and set the answers and the macro to do ...

      cheers ...

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      Alan Murray 7 years ago from Ipswich, United Kingdom

      Thanks Shalini

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Very informative, thank you - bookmarked!