Drop-down menus are a great way to hide information or links that don't always need to be displayed. Community members frequently wonder how to insert a drop-down menu into an Articulate Storyline project. Currently, there is no pre-built drop-down menu available in Storyline... but that didn't prevent our ingenios community members from coming up with a way to build one using layers and triggers–and I’m delighted to share their secret with you. 

If you have a lot of information to present to your learners, but don’t want to clutter the screen, consider building a drop-down menu.

First, create the drop-down menu options on their own individual layer. Then, add a trigger that shows the drop-down menu layer when you mouse over the menu option. And last, add a transparent rectangle behind your menu with a trigger to hide the drop-down menu layer when learners mouse over it.

Here's a video I've created that walks you through the step-by-step process:

You can also check out the original forum discussion. This thread originally sparked my interest and inspired me to develop a screencast to demonstrate the process. Good luck building your own drop-down menu and don't forget to post your creations, tips, and tricks in the forums. Get more e-learning tips by following us on Twitter.

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