Managing Slide Properties

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You can view and manage the following elements with the Slide Properties dialog:

  • Slide thumbnail view
  • Navigation Title
  • Level
  • Change View
  • Branching
  • Lock
  • Presenter
  • Audio Playlist
  • Advance

To manage Slide Properties for your course:

  1. Select Articulate --> Slide Properties to launch the Slide Properties dialog.
  2. The presentation or e-learning course Title appears in the upper left-hand corner of the Slide Properties dialog; this title is generated from your file name. The total number of slides and the Total Duration of your presentation or e-learning course are displayed in the center of the Slide Properties dialog; these details are automatically calculated by Presenter ’09. The number in the first column of the Slide Properties dialog corresponds to the slide number in PowerPoint.
  3. Details on other elements of the Slide Properties dialog are outlined below:
    • Slide: The icon in the Slide column displays a thumbnail of your slide. Click the thumbnail once to expand to a larger view of the slide; click again to close the larger view.
    • Navigation Title: This is the title of your slide that will display in the outline tab in the player. It defaults to the title used in your slide. To edit this title, click on the field and type your desired navigation title. This field can be different from PowerPoint slide title and will be displayed in your navigation when you preview or publish your course.  [Video Tutorial]
    • Level: The hierarchical or nested level of the slide relative to others, where 1 is the base or default level. To edit the level, click in the field corresponding to a slide and select the desired level for the slide. Available levels will increase by 1 each time you add a new level. For example, when you first assign levels to a presentation or e-learning course, you will only have the option to assign a level of 1 or 2 (your first slide must be level 1). Once you’ve assigned a level of 2 to any slide, then you can assign subsequent slides to level 3, and so on. You can add as many slide levels as you’d like. Note that this feature is available only in the default Group by Slide number view.  [Video Tutorial]
    • Change View: Use this field to automatically change the view of your presentation or e-learning course on a per-slide basis.  [Video Tutorial]  Available options include the following:
      • [Blank]: By default, the view will not change from the previous slide. If it’s the first slide, it will display the view you’ve specified in the Player Template Builder for your selected template.
      • Standard: The selected slide will switch to the standard view.
      • No sidebar: The selected slide will switch to a view with no sidebar.
      • Slide only: The selected slide will switch to the slide only view.
    • Branching: Branching allows you to determine the user’s path through the content. To define the branching settings, click on the field and select from the drop-down menu your desired path for users to visit when clicking the forward / back controls in the Articulate Player when viewing the selected slide.  [Video Tutorial]
    • Lock: Click the cell in the lock column to lock the user on this slide. The lock icon will appear, which means that the user will not be able to use the sidebar navigation, seekbar, or forward / back controls in the Articulate Player to navigate away from this slide. The only way the user can exit the slide is by waiting for it to complete (if the slide is set to advance automatically) or by clicking on an object on the slide that hyperlinks to another slide (if the slide is set to advance by user). This feature is useful when building branching or decision-based courses.  [Video Tutorial]
    • Presenter: This is the presenter you would like associated with the selected slide. To choose from available presenters, click on the field and select from the drop-down menu your desired presenter’s name. Presenters can be managed in Presentation Options: Presenters.
    • Audio Playlist: This is the playlist you would like associated with the selected slide. To choose from available playlists, click on the field and select from the drop-down menu your desired playlist’s name. Playlists can be managed in Presentation Options: Playlists.
    • Advance: Use this setting to determine whether this slide should advance automatically to the next slide, or whether the user will need to click to advance. To edit your preference, click on the field and select from the drop-down menu your preferred method.  [Video Tutorial]
    • Group by: Use the Group By drop-down menu to select how to sort the Slide Properties view. Available options include the following:
      • Slide number (default): Lists slides in slide order.
      • Change View To: Groups slides according to Change View To setting.
      • Presenter: Groups slides according to presenter used.
      • Audio Playlist: Groups slides according to playlist used.
      • Move to Next Slide: Groups slides according to Move to Next Slide setting.
    • Hide in Navigation Panel: In the Slide number Group By view, you can choose to hide any slide in the Presenter ’09 navigation by right-clicking on any slide and selecting the option to Hide in Navigation Panel. The Display in Navigation As field will change to (Hidden) to indicate that the slide is hidden in navigation. Note that this will only hide the slide from navigation and not from the course or presentation itself. Users will still be able to navigate to the slide unless you’ve created your own link-based navigation in your slides and have disabled keyboard shortcuts.  [Video Tutorial]
    • When your Group By setting is set to Slide Number, you can select multiple slides by shift-clicking on one or more rows. Then you can right-click to adjust the property assignments for the selected slides. For example, you can change the Move to Next Slide setting for a selected group of slides to Automatically by using this method.
  4. Click OK to save any changes you’ve made, or Cancel to close Slide Properties without saving.