Prevent mouse pointer changing to hand


I hope this isn't as daft a post as my last one!.

In a simulation, I have screens where, to add authenticity, I have placed a series of rectangles each covering a menu option and each with a normal (100% transparent) and hover  (75% transparent) state.  The states are changed as the user moves the mouse over the options highlighting the hovered over option (as it does in the actual application).  One rectangle also has click event to move the story onto the next slide.  Becasue there is an action event, the cursor changes from a pointer to a hand.  How can I prevent this?

I have tried hot spots with the 'show hand cursor in hover' option switched off (no states), placing a hotspot over the rectangle stops the' mouse over' working and vice versa stops the click event from working.

Any ideas please?


24 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Michael,

This thread is a bit older, so I'm not certain John is still subscribed - but there is a tutorial here on working with hotspots and how to disable the hand appearing when hovered over a hotspot. If you've set it up as a button the hand will still appear to let the user know that they can click there. 

Michael Hardin

Thanks Ashley; actually I figured it out. I am using the "User clicks outside" trigger with conditions. 

For example - If I want they have to select an object called "Type.png", I set the following triggers

"Show layer Step 5 When the user clicks outside "Lenght.png" If "Type.png"'s state is equal to Hover"  

This way, if they didn't click any single wrong object and the right object state is hover, then they must have clicked the correct object.  And, I don't get the hand pointer because there is no click trigger or selection or visited states. 

Then I set - "Show layer Incorrect When the user clicks outside "Type.png".  So they get the incorrect feedback when they click any wrong areas.

Edward Hoke

This is OLD, but there does not seem to be the same choice anymore re: "...But what if you don’t want the mouse to change to a hand cursor? No problem. Simply right-click the hotspot, and uncheck the option to Show hand cursor on hover."

The selection shown here, which should appear under "Button Set" and "Drag and Drop" is not there.

In my case, I do not want to give away the answer of where the user should click to "pick the correct answer". As currently authored, the software always changes from a cursor to a hand.

Help Ashley! :)

Thank you, Ed

Leslie McKerchie

Hi Ed,

Thanks for reaching out and sharing what you are experiencing in your course.

The instructions you are referencing are a bit dated, but if you're using a regular hotspot, you should still see the option a little lower:

I also made a quick recording displaying how a couple of options look to your learner as well. Check it out here.

Edward Hoke

Hi Leslie: Thanks for the time to do the little video. Your team is so good! SO, I knew that workflow - in this case, there the target total space is just so small that there may not be room for "wrong answers". But I'll see how I can adjust. So I am clear moving forward, WHAT types of Hot Spot quiz questions do NOT employ the "Show Hand Cursor on Hover" option? Any other types of questions? 

Leslie McKerchie

Hey Ed,

I think the actual confusion here may be that we do not consider this question type a hotspot.

You'd want the user to know when interaction is required and which items are able to be moved or clicked on.

I put together a demo file with some sample questions that we have built in so you could take a quick look.

It looks like the option may only exist on the Hotspot ones specifically, which keeps the list shorter.

Katie Riggio

Thanks for sharing your file with us for a closer look, Jillian!

Your settings look great, so I published the course to Review 360 using Storyline 360, Update 32. I'm having some trouble reproducing any issues in Chrome. Have no fear, though; we'll get to the bottom of this together!

Do you see the hand on the second slide when testing my Review 360 URL? If so, what browser(s) are you using to view the content? Also, what Storyline 360 update are you using? 

Lauren Connelly

Hi Jillian!

It seems like the layout of the slide is causing this because even clicking the video on Slide 2 pauses the media. This scenario doesn't occur on Slide 1.

I've added a rectangle with 100% transparency on Slide 2. The new shape created a barrier between the video and other objects on the slide, so the hand doesn't appear. I've attached the .story file in this reply. You can view the Review link here. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.