embed pdf for download using PPT/ Presenter NOT STORYLINE

Nov 05, 2015

Hi there, 

Before I get started, I should note the whole reason I am going to these great lengths is because I need a SCORM project that will result in ZERO buttons on the player (essentially a course with no Player and all nav buttons within the PPT slide real estate space). So, the easiest, simplest solution below would be to simply add PDFs to the Resources tab - but I need a borderless player. And, I don't want to have to import the whole project into Storyline to do this, because formatting never works 1:1 between powerpoint and Storyline, so I would have to do a lot of 'house cleaning' when I import the project.

Basically I want an image to display on every slide of a ppt, so when clicked on, it will let them download a pdf document. 

As fas as I know, this is how you set it up: 

1. Click on the object

2. From the Insert tab, select "Action" then while on the "mouse click" tab select "hyperlink to" and then insert your file.*** 

When I do this, and SCORM wrap, this is what happens: 

You can click on the image. It opens up a new tab in the web browser. nothing displays. 

Now, this is because in step 2 above*** when I 'insert file' im actually browsing through the folders on my computer and finding the pdf and selecting it. I am not putting a hyperlink URL here. If I did, then I imagine I would be all set and wouldn't experience the issue I'm having. Problem solved!

Well guess what? I cant put the pdf online somewhere and link to it - there's no server for me to use. 


I'm wondering if anyone out there has found a solution for this.
Storyline allows you to do this (set up a button on slide, have it trigger to download the file), and when you SCORM from Storyline, it also includes the pdf file, so it has all the files/links it needs to point you to the source document. But for reasons I outlined above, it's simply a lot of boring work to do this if your original doc is a PPT. 

In Powerpoint, the SCORM does not include the pdf file (via this method, as far as I'm aware) so I'm not sure it's possible, but I want to ask all you experts out there! I may be doing all of this in the wrong place in PPT!

Thanks in advance

1 Reply
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Dan,

Hyperlinking to a file isn't officially supported in Presenter, but there is a method here for how you could look at setting this up. Additionally when you're testing the published output you'll want to make sure that you are testing it in the intended publish environment as described here - so if you're publishing for LMS and are not ready to upload it to your live environment you could look at uploading to SCORM Cloud which is an industry standard for testing LMS content. 

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