Changing States of a button linked to layers

I am sure that the answer to this question will be a simple one, in fact it is probably just staring me in the face... I just can't see it!

Attached below is a screen shot of my slide, the 5 shapes on the left are each linked to a layer of the slide.  The layers only contain information on the right side, giving the user the ability to click on another of the shapes to view a different layer.

I have set the state of each shape to change colour when it is selected (to draw attention to the one you are looking at).  When the user moves to view a different layer I want the colour to revert back to the original.

Can anyone tell me how to get the colour of the slide to change back when any of the other 4 shapes are selected?

Many thanks in advance.

7 Replies
Daniel Brigham

Hi, Helen: Is it the color of the shape or slide you want to revert? I'm guessing it's the color of the shape.

First, I realize you may not want to go this way, but the tab interactions (a free Articulate Storyline download) has a lot of this stuff built in. (Maybe that's just something to file away for future projects.)

I imagine there are a few ways to do this, but you might start fiddling around with triggers. For instance, on your 1943 button, you could insert a trigger that "changes the state" of object 1943 button when user clicks 1952 button.

Helen Tarbox

Many thanks for your suggestions.  My client wanted the shapes rather than buttons, so that is something that is set and I can't change.

However the way in which the 'Tabs Interaction' works is the way in which I wanted this slide to work.  The year shape would change colour when selected and when viewed would change back to the original colour.  

I have even used the Format Painter to copy the formatting from a 'Tabs Interaction' button (set to change colour when selected & when visited) and pasted it onto one of my shapes.  When I previewed this the shape did change colour when selected but did not change to the 'visited' colour.  

Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Hi Helen,

Signing off, but saw this and thought perhaps I could add to the mix. So, based on what you said at the top:

I have set the state of each shape to change colour when it is selected (to draw attention to the one you are looking at).  When the user moves to view a different layer I want the colour to revert back to the original.

and adding on to what Blake said about Button sets, please refer to the very rough attachment.

1. As you suggest, I've used shapes for the "buttons", similar to the ones you show in the screenshot.

2. Each shape has a selected state that shows an orange outline.

3. A trigger has been added to each shape so that, when selected, that layer is "jumped to."

4. I selected all 3 shapes, right-clicked, and chose Button Set 1.

The reason Blake suggested you do this is when buttons are part of a set, only 1 can be selected at a time. So this achieves your goal, at least as I understand it, of having the shape selected and the layer "jumped to" (I of course added the triggers for this) when the Learner clicks. And, when Learner clicks a different shape, THAT one is selected, that layer is "jumped to", and the previously selected one becomes deselected.

'night!