The Labeled Panel interaction lets learners identify the key elements of an image. Use the Labeled Panel interaction to:

  • Highlight details of an image.
  • Call out relevant parts of a graphic.
  • Explain features of a software screenshot.

Exploring the Editor

The Labeled Panel editor has three columns with the following panels:

  • Steps: Located on the left side of the screen, this panel is used to manage labels for your interaction.
  • Preview: Located at the top of the middle section, this panel is used to arrange markers on the image.
  • Text: Located at the bottom of the middle section, this panel is used to add text to each label.
  • Audio: Located in the upper right corner of the editor, this panel is used to add and edit audio.
  • Media: Located in the lower right corner, this panel is used to add pictures, characters, videos, and Flash files.

Here are some tips for working with the editor:

  • Change the width of a column by dragging its boundary with your mouse.
  • Expand the text panel by dragging its top boundary upward if you need more room to work with text.
  • Click the triangle in the upper right corner of the Audio panel to collapse it if you need more room to work with the Media panel. Click it again to reopen the panel.

Labels and Markers

A Labeled Panel interaction is an image with one or more circular markers highlighting important areas of the image. When learners click a marker, a label with additional content displays on the opposite side of the screen. Labels can contain text, audio, pictures, characters, videos, and Flash files.

Switching to a Different Image

To change the image for your interaction, do the following:

  1. Go to the Labeled Panel tab on the ribbon, and click Change Image.
  2. Browse to the image you want to use, and click Open.

Changing the Size and Position of the Image

To change where the image appears in your interaction, do the following:

  1. Go to the Labeled Panel tab on the ribbon, and click Position.
  2. Select Left, Right, Top, or Bottom.

To choose how much room the image occupies on the screen, go to Interaction Properties, and enter a percentage between 30 and 75. The image will scale down if you choose a percentage that makes it smaller than its original dimensions; however, it won't scale up if you choose a percentage that would make it larger than its original dimensions. (Note that you can also change the position of the image in Interaction Properties.)

Tip: The content for each label in your interaction will appear on the opposite side of the screen from the image.

Adding Labels

Each step in a Labeled Panel interaction is called a label. To add a label, do any of the following:

  • Press Ctrl+M.
  • Go to the Labeled Panel tab on the ribbon, and click Add Label.
  • Click the Create a new step button in the lower left corner of the Steps panel.
  • Click the Duplicate button at the bottom of the Steps panel to copy the currently selected label(s).

New labels get added just below the label that's currently selected in the Steps panel—unless the summary is selected, in which case new labels get added above it.

Tip: A Labeled Panel interaction can have up to 100 labels (not counting the introduction and summary).

Renaming Labels

To rename a label, do either of the following:

  • Double-click the label in the Steps panel to open it for editing. Enter the new name, and press the Enter key.
  • Select the label in the Steps panel, and type the new name in the title field at the top of the text panel.

Tip: You can rename the introduction or summary in the same way.

Rearranging Labels and Markers

There are two aspects to arranging labels and markers: sequential order and spatial layout. Sequential order refers to the order of labels in the Steps panel, which is the same order in which they'll appear in the published output. Spatial layout refers to how labels are distributed across the image.

Sequential order:

To change the order of your labels, select one or more of them in the Steps panel, and do any of the following:

  • Drag them to a new location. An orange line will move with your mouse to indicate where the labels will be when your mouse is released.
  • Go to the Guided Image tab on the ribbon, click Move Label, and select either Up or Down.
  • Use the Up and Down arrows at the bottom of the Steps panel.

Spatial layout:

Spatial layout is easy to control. Simply drag the markers to a new location on your image in the preview panel.

Tip: Use the arrow keys on your keyboard for more precise placement. Hold down the Ctrl key while pressing the arrows keys for even tighter control.

Changing the Color and Style of Markers

To change the color or style of a marker, select it on the image in the preview panel (or select the corresponding label in the Steps panel). Then use the following formatting options on the ribbon:

  • Marker Color: Choose one of the predefined colors, or click More Colors at the bottom of the drop-down and specify a custom color. To use the same color for all markers, click the Apply to All button to the right of the Marker Color drop-down.
  • Marker Style: This changes the icon that appears on the marker. Choose from over 200 icons. To use the same icon for all markers, click the Apply to All button to the right of the Marker Style drop-down.

Changing the Marker Animation Style

By default, markers use a swirl animation, but you can change this behavior. Here's how:

  1. Go to the Labeled Panel tab on the ribbon, and click Interaction Properties.
  2. Select the Labeled Panel tab on the left side of the window.
  3. Use the Markers animation drop-down to choose Swirl, Pulse, or None.
  4. Click OK.

Note: All markers in the same interaction use the same marker animation.

Deleting Labels

To delete a label, select it in the Steps panel or on the board, and do any of the following:

  • Press the Delete key on your keyboard.
  • Go to the Labeled Panel tab on the ribbon, and click Delete Label.
  • Click the Delete button at the bottom of the Steps panel.

Tip: You can't delete the introduction or summary, but you can hide them.

Adding Content to Labels

To add text, audio, and media to each label, see the following tutorials:

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