Recall that you can use an image as a link. An image map is an image that is divided into sections, so that the same image serves as the location for several links. A hotspot is an area on the image that, when clicked, will display the target page or Web site.
- Creating a Hotspot:
- In Design view, drag the image that will be the source of the image map to the desired place in the Editing window. Insert alternate text for the image, and then click the OK button.
- Click View on the menu bar, point to Toolbars, and click Pictures to display the Pictures toolbar.
- Click the image.
- On the Pictures toolbar, click either the Rectangular Hotspot button, the Circular Hotspot button, or the Polygonal Hotspot button.
- On the image map - (1) To draw a rectangle, click in the upper-left corner and drag the pointer to create the hotspot; (2) To draw a circle, click in the center of the circle and drag the pointer down to expand the circle to create the hotspot; (3) To draw a polygon, click to create each vertex of the polygon shape. To complete the shape, click the first vertex you created or double-click the mouse.
- In the Insert Hyperlink dialog box, locate the file to which you want to link. Click the filename.
- Click the OK button.
The image used as the image map can be any image - it doesn't have to be an image of a map, although it commonly is. You create the image map by using the Pictures toolbar.