Tabbed Interaction with Restricted Navigation

I apologize if this is already in the Forums, but I can’t seem to find it…  I have a course with restricted navigation.  For the Engage tabbed interactions, I do want to “force” the learner to view all tabs before continuing to the next slide.  However, I want to get rid of the “Next Slide” button that appears when they have done so, and I want the pause/play button to start flashing, so they can use that to advance to the next slide.  (in initial testing, several users found it confusing to suddenly not be able to use that button to advance, since that’s what they use in the rest of the course.)

Any ideas?


8 Replies
Janet Bernhards


I have a related concern and didn't see a reply to Sheila's question.

My navigation is not restricted. Users have been advancing using the pause/play button which flashes. It's larger and it catches their attention. Yet....when they get to the first Engage slide (about 17 slides in), all of a sudden that button does not work. It's not a question of controlling the flashing, it's having the button be functional. Does it just stop working because of Engage??? (If so, I say boooooooo and wonder why, as it seems counter-intuitive after being rewarded by clicking the flashing button.)

I'm going to activate the "Next Slide" button at the top, but I don't like that because I think it encourages users to click it instead of doing the interaction (which is optional in my case--I need maximum flexibility).

I also thought about trying to trick the play/pause button, by adding a 30 second silent audio file--thinking that might activate the button, but I don't see any way to have audio on an Engage slide.

Any other ideas or workarounds, unless the answer is staring me in the face and I missed it??


Janet B.

Sheila Bulthuis

Janet, that was a long time ago and my memory is hazy, but I seem to recall that the pause/play button never did work on the slide with the Engage interaction.  I was going to check the course to see, but I can’t even remember which project that was for…  Not very helpful, I’m afraid.  Hopefully someone else will jump in give you a more definitive answer.

Janet Bernhards


So I saw this in another post, and after reading it, I see that the audio doesn't appear until you edit a tab. Going to give this method below a try. I'll report back.


Does your Engage interaction contain audio?  You may find that an Engage '09 interaction in a Presenter '09 presentation does not fully complete if the last step of the interaction contains audio.  If this occurs, you may notice that the Play button on the Presenter player does not flash to indicate that the viewer is able to proceed, or you may not be able to proceed to the next slide if the navigation in your player template is set to Restricted.

You can correct this issue.  Here's how:

  • Open your presentation in PowerPoint.
  • Navigate to the interaction slide, and click the Edit in Engage button.
  • When Engage launches, select the last step of your interaction.
  • Click the Edit Audio button.
  • When the Audio Editor launches, either delete a small portion of silence at the end of the audio waveform, or insert 1 second of silence at the end of the audio waveform.  Essentially, you want to slightly change the duration of this last step in the interaction.
  • Click the Save & Close button.
  • Click the Save and Return to Presenter button.
  • Republish your presentation.
Janet Bernhards

So........ I still need help.

I was able to add the audio file. It's in a tabbed interaction. (I also have a labelled diagram I need to do.) I added a 1.45 second file. I reduced it to 1.3 seconds, saved, closed, etc. Navigation is by user.

The player button still does not flash, and it's inactive. Is it because it's not a "step?" (process). I don't think so. Let me know if I should attach the engage file. It's pretty short.