I recently built an interactive timeline file for Storyline based on a request from a community member. This week, I want to recreate a similar download file in PowerPoint to give our Studio and PowerPoint users equal opportunity.

To keep my interaction aligned as closely as possible to my Storyline file, I used the “mouse-over” actions available in PowerPoint. I picked colored rectangles for the columns in the timeline, then used a light gray rectangle containing a simple title and instructions for the header. For the hover-over effect, I created a duplicate slide of the timeline with one column highlighted for each of the columns on the timeline. This way, when learners hover over a column, it displays the corresponding slide with the highlighted column and additional information.

I've put the download the files here so you can see exactly how I put it all together. I also created this video tutorial to break it down a bit and explain at a high level how I created it.

 Do you have any tips and tricks of your own for using any of the PowerPoint actions? Have you used PowerPoint actions such as mouse-overs before? If so, please leave a comment below; we love to hear your feedback!

You can always sign up for a fully functional, free trial of Articulate software. And don’t forget to post your questions and comments in the forums! We’re here to help. For more e-learning tips, examples, and downloads, follow us on Twitter.

Nicole Legault