Quizmaker '13: Adding Scrolling Panels

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Articulate Quizmaker's scrolling panel feature is a great way to display large images, lengthy text, or other objects that don’t fit well on a slide. A scrolling panel lets learners scroll a portion of the slide vertically to see the content you've placed inside it.

Scrolling panels can contain just about any Quizmaker object: text boxes, pictures, screenshots, shapes, captions, characters, videos, and web objects. The only thing you can't put in a scrolling panel is another scrolling panel.

You can have as many scrolling panels on a single slide as you like. You can even add scrolling panels to feedback layers and slide masters. (Note: If you use a scrolling panel on a slide master, you'll only be able to add items to it when you're editing the slide master itself, not individual slides that are based on the slide master.)

Tip: In mobile Safari, use two fingers to scroll through scrolling panel content.

Inserting a Scrolling Panel

  1. In Slide View, go to the Insert tab and click Scrolling Panel.
  2. Your cursor changes to a crosshair. Click and drag on your slide to draw the scrolling panel.

Tip: You may find it helpful to draw the scrolling panel especially large at first. It'll be easier to drop objects into it. Then drag the sizing handles on the scrolling panel to make it smaller. Keep in mind that no scroll bar will appear unless the scrolling panel is smaller (from top to bottom) than its contents.

Your scrolling panel will have a thin, dotted bounding box. You can drag items into the scrolling panel as well as resize, move, and format it.

Adding Objects to a Scrolling Panel

  1. First, insert the object onto your slide.
  2. Then drag the object over the scrolling panel. Make sure your cursor is over the scrolling panel.
  3. Release your mouse button to drop the object into the scrolling panel. If the object is taller or wider than the scrolling panel, its sides will be concealed by the boundary of the scrolling panel.

Resizing and Moving a Scrolling Panel

You can resize and move a scrolling panel before or after placing objects inside it. First, select the scrolling panel on your slide. (Tip: If you're having trouble selecting the scrolling panel without actually selecting an object inside it, select it in the timeline instead.) To resize it, drag any of its sizing handles. To move it, simply drag it on the slide. Any objects you've added to the scrolling panel will move with it.

Removing Objects from a Scrolling Panel

  1. Select an object within the scrolling panel that you want to remove. Tip: If you're having trouble seeing or selecting the object, it might be in a part of the scrolling panel that's out of view. In that case, do either of the following:
    • Use the scroll bar on the right edge of the panel to move up or down within the panel.
    • Or, open the timeline, and click the arrow next to the scrolling panel object to expand its contents. Then click the object you want to remove.
  2. After selecting the object you want to remove, either drag it out of the scrolling panel, or press the Delete key on your keyboard.

Applying Styles and Formatting

By default, scrolling panels are transparent. Anything that's part of your slide background, and other objects that are behind your scrolling panel, will show through. Sometimes this can make items in the scrolling panel difficult to see or read, but don't worry. You can easily format the scrolling panel background and outline to look however you want.

  1. Select the scrolling panel, and click the Format tab on the Quizmaker ribbon.
  2. Click any of the ready-made Shape Styles, or choose your own fill color and outline color using the options on the ribbon. For even more flexibility, click the small arrow in the lower right corner of the Shape Styles section of the ribbon to access the Format Shape window. For guidance on how to use the formatting tools, see this tutorial.