Controlling the Tab key on a slide

Hello all,

Quick question, I have a slide with 2 text entry fields (for entering a username and password), and just wondering if there's any way to control the tabbing key function i.e. after I've entered the username then hit the tab button on the keyboard, it will then jump to the password field?

At the moment, when I press Tab after entering the username, it jumps to an image also on the slide, and then I press it again, and then it jumps to the field - hope all this makes sense?

Many thanks indeed,


9 Replies
Matthew Graham

I actually ran across this earlier today making a slide that had about 20 text entries in a scrolling panel.

You can't disable it all together, but it looks like hitting tab goes to the next object on the screen and that's why it highlights random objects.  If you right-click the non-text entry objects, select size and position, go the the alt text tab, and uncheck "Object is visible to accessibility tools," it won't be selected when you hit tab during the presentation.

megan jonas

Hi everyone,

I am using screencasts with step-by-step mode to build a software simulation for a client who wants tab order functionality. This uncheck "object is visible to accessibility tools" seems like the right solution.

However, I cannot select the screencast on stage or in the timeline in order to right click and uncheck that toggle. The result is each step/screen requires hitting tab twice before the desired button is selected. It appears to be selecting the entire screen and then the screencast before cycling through other objects on screen.

Has anyone found a workaround for this? Is there a way to customize the color of the selected object highlight? It's yellow and I need to match it to the course design.


Christine Hendrickson

Hi Megan,

When you insert a step-by-step recording, instead of a single video, the recording becomes the background for your slide. It's no longer editable at that point. Because of this, it's not possible to select it as an object and modify its accessibility options. 

If this is an absolute must in your project, you could take a screenshot of the slide, insert that as an image and past the objects/captions from your recording onto a new slide. You should then be able to modify the properties for the image of the recording. 

As for the highlight, I don't believe it's possible to modify this color.

If you'd like to see some additional options for accessibility and screen recordings, I'd recommend sharing a suggestion with our product development team. Please be sure to be as detailed as possible - the more information, the better!


Leslie McKerchie

Hi Kimble!

I'm not sure, but hopefully someone in the community will be able to chime in and assist. I know that I've seen a similar conversation where a user utilized a multiple response question type. Not sure if that may assist. 

Another thread here as well, but I'm not sure that any of these are utilizing 'Tab' and that seems to be the focus of your question.

Again, hopefully someone will pop in and assist with your design.