How do you create a line break if you have a long title?

I stumped the panel at the DevLearn conference with this one, so maybe someone else has run into this issue?

I work with very long course titles, so perhaps others haven't come across this yet. But there appears to be no 'natural' way to get a course title to wrap to a second line. Does anyone know the secret?

I found a way to do it, but it requires some tricks that I still don't completely understand why or how it works. I did get one course title to wrap as i wanted, but i don't know how. But since then, the only way I can do it is to copy that title (from the Publish menu where the title is) and paste it into the course I want, then type over the text in a certain way.

I can go into more detail later, but for now, I'm wondering if anyone has found the "easy" way to do this?

TIA

14 Replies
Gerry Wasiluk

Well, for one, wherever possible, I try to avoid long course titles.  The shorter the better, but sometimes that's not possible, especially for things like compliance training on some regulation or standard, or where the client really wants them.

One option is to put the course title on the slide itself (just don't have it on the top menu bar)--then you can do what you want there on the slide.  Then just publish the course with no title.

That will create a folder with the content called "output."  You can always rename that it needed or the zip if you choose that option.

I do this all the time for my client 3M.  They have a pretty strict corporate branding standard that we need to follow so I publish the course with no title on the top menu bar with the course title on the slides themselves.

Chris Perez

Thanks, Gerry, but unfortunately, those aren't options for me. We have strict product naming and branding, as well, and also use other menu items in that top header, so it would look a bit naked without a title all of a sudden. We put out a lot of courses, so changing how we do it all of a sudden would probably not be well accepted. And I also prefer to use the screen space for the content and don't always have room for lines of text.

It also doesn't really resolve the baseline problem. It's POSSIBLE to create multiple lines, but it's not built-in to the software. It takes a trick to do it.

Gerry Wasiluk

Chris Perez said:

Thanks, Gerry, but unfortunately, those aren't options for me. We have strict product naming and branding, as well, and also use other menu items in that top header, so it would look a bit naked without a title all of a sudden. We put out a lot of courses, so changing how we do it all of a sudden would probably not be well accepted. And I also prefer to use the screen space for the content and don't always have room for lines of text.

It also doesn't really resolve the baseline problem. It's POSSIBLE to create multiple lines, but it's not built-in to the software. It takes a trick to do it.


Got you. 

One trick for putting things on a second line is to add a top menu item, make sure it is on the left side and and give it a trigger that'll do nothing should the text be clicked or something.

Of course, the second line as "pseudo" menu item will be in a slightly smaller font.  Might that work?

Steve Flowers

Hey, Chris - 

Looks like linebreaks can be pasted into the title. One way to replicate this is to create a text box on any slide. Type your first line then hit Shift-Enter to create a linebreak. Then type your second line and select then copy the text to the clipboard. Now you can paste into the title field and your break will transfer into the title.

Gerry Wasiluk

Steve Flowers said:

Hey, Chris - 

Looks like linebreaks can be pasted into the title. One way to replicate this is to create a text box on any slide. Type your first line then hit Shift-Enter to create a linebreak. Then type your second line and select then copy the text to the clipboard. Now you can paste into the title field and your break will transfer into the title.

Good one, Steve!   I tried entering a line break directly in the title field and got nowhere.
Chris Perez

I remember at DevLearn we tried /n and br/, etc.  It still remains a mystery what 'character' that line break is in the title. If you run the cursor over the title with the line breaks in it, it stops at that spot, so there is something there creating that line break. No one can seem to figure out what it is, though.