Test mode simulations in Storyline 2

Hello everyone, I am struggling with a simulation which I want to use as a Learning Check.  The user should click a cell and then press a key to add text to the formula - my problem is that the text appears irrespective of whether the user presses the key or not.  I have tried using action fine tuning to stop the screen recording on a slide before the character appears and then changing the trigger on the hotspot to submit when the user presses the specific key, but it doesn't seem to be having much effect. Up to now I have been telling users to press the key and then press enter, but this is not true to what they will really do in the package.  Has anyone come across this before and if so, please could you advise?  

many thanks 

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Margaret Long

Hello Alyssa, that would be brilliant if you could. I have been using Storyline 2 for about a year now, but this is driving me insane!

 As a bit of background I am producing a self paced e learning module for Excel for our firm, concentrating on the things that lawyers need to do most often.  The idea is that people click a button on the main launch page and can then choose to see an overview of a topic, or an interactive step by step, or they can take a learning check (which is a test but we don’t use the “T” word!).

In the story file I am putting together the first topic, Basic calculations.  My issue is that when I record my screen the keystrokes just seem to appear in the recording without the user having to type anything.  I can get round this for the interactive bit but not for the test.  I have looked everywhere to try and find a setting which will help me but I am completely stumped! 

 The scene is 9 in the file.

Any advice will be very much appreciated.  Thank you so much for responding  

Alyssa Gomez

Hi Margaret,

In Scene 9, it looks like your learners need to insert parentheses in the correct location of the Excel formula, correct? 

That makes it tough, since they'll have to type text on top of text that's already in the field.

One idea is to make the text entry field transparent, so you can see the formula underneath. Then you'll want to move the left-edge of the text entry field to the exact place where the parentheses should go.

Not to worry, I already did all of that for you in your file. 😊

Simply import these slides into your original file, and you'll be good to go!