Creating a menu icon?

Hello all,

I am relatively new to Articulate and am wondering if anyone can advise me on how to create a menu icon that appears on selected slides?  

I've inherited someone else's work to update.  On the first few slides there is a really useful navigation type icon with a condensed menu that appears.  I'd like to create something like this for my own work but cannot figure out how to do it (!)  Have been searching help guides etc. not sure what I'm missing?

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Jane Pickard

Hi Christophe,

The project file is there but I cannot select the icon object on the master view slide.  I don't have access to my files today as working off site but will try to describe first:

The icon, which just looks like a box with horizontal lines across, seems to be embedded in the master view slide - when I preview however on the first couple of intro slides if you click on it you have access to a condensed menu (really useful feature).

Would be grateful if anyone can shed any light on this!


Kind regards,


Christophe Jacobs

Hi Jane,

Bit unfortunate that you are not able to share your project. However I made an example that should put what you describe into practice. You can find the example in attachment. 

What I think you are looking for is a way to CUSTOM create a menu in your project whereby you can jump to specific slides in your project. Here is what I did in the example.

1. Create the slides in my project

If you want this menu to work you first need some slides you want to JUMP to. That is why I created 5 slides in my project.


Your custom menu is something you want to include on several slides. A possible way to do this is by adding this onto that specific slide. However that could be quite a lot of work that can be avoided by creating this menu on the PARENT of your SLIDE MASTERS. This will ensure that all of the slides will contain that menu. If you however want more control on which slides have the menu you should create the menu on a LAYOUT and not on the PARENT.

First make sure that you use the tab VIEW to click on SLIDE MASTER.

To create the menu I added a picture () on the BASE LAYER that is often used as a menu icon.

This will be the button to press to open the menu. If you have done this correctly you will see that the icon is now also visibile on all the LAYOUTS that 'listen' to the PARENT.

To create the menu itself I first make sure to add a LAYER that I call 'MENU'. On this layer I add five shapes that the user will be able to click on to JUMP to a specific slide. 

To finish it off I also add a shape on top of the menu icon that users can use to close the menu again. This is the end result of the menu I created on the LAYER. Don't forget to do this on the LAYER and not the BASE LAYER.

3. Create your triggers

Now that all the objects are in place it is time to add the interactivity. Remember to add these triggers in the SLIDE MASTER VIEW.

  • On the BASE LAYER you add a trigger that opens the layer containing the menu.

  • On the LAYER you add a trigger to jump to the specific slides & a trigger to close the menu.


An important remark is that everything you create on the SLIDE MASTER will be placed behind what is made in your actual slides. So if you create a menu using my method make sure that every slide that uses this menu has available screen real-estate to display this menu.


I hope this is more or less the way it was developed in the first place and you can continue with your project.

Kind regards,