How to Create a Simple Tabs Interaction in PowerPoint Posted Friday, April 25, 2014 at 8:25 PM

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I had a question about how to create this tabs interaction in PowerPoint. The original was built in Storyline. However, there’s no reason why you couldn’t build the same elearning interaction in PowerPoint and publish with Articulate Presenter.


Here’s an example of the published tabs interaction.

Click here to view the elearning example.


How to Create the E-learning Interaction

The steps are basic for this type of interaction. You can also download the free PowerPoint template here.


  • Create a blank slide for each screen. In this case a main screen and one for each tab. So you need five slides to start.
  • Build the tabs and content box on the master slide.
  • Add links for each tab to the appropriate slide.
  • Close the master slide and then add the tab-specific content to each slide.
  • In slide properties you need to determine how the slides advance and if you want to have navigation buttons. You may also need to fix the branching on the player controls if you have other slides in your module.

View the E-learning Tutorial

Here’s a video tutorial that walks you through the basic steps.






4 comments so far

Sandy Alton

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Posted Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 9:33 AM

How to do I post a question to this blog?  I want to know if content is created using Articulate '13 & PPT 2013, can the content then be edited using Articulate '13 & PPT 2010?  Sorry, I am new to this community!

Sandy Alton

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Posted Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Pelase disregard... I added my question to the support forum

Robert Mangano

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Posted Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Ok Im far from being a design engineer so I need a few steps between step 1 and 2. How to I link the tabs? I downloaded the sample but when i fill in my info on each slide. But when i look at it in presentaion format the first slide doesnt have all the tabs filled in?  Obviuosly Im missing something here..

Daniel Adeboye

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Posted Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Hello Tom, Thanks for the help and particularly the video tutorial. I followed until I saw Articulate as a tab in your PowerPoint where you added the posing did you achieve that?