Hot Spot in Powerpoint

Sorry, if this has already been dealt with, but is there any useful tips,web sites or tutorials for creating hot-spot in Powerpoint without using Quizmaker? Because of the flexibility of navigation issue, I have to create this thing in Powerpoint. I usually do some research before I post a question. But I did not do it this time because I was in a hurry. Apologies in advance.

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Jeanette Brooks

Hi Sami! The effect Kayla mentioned should work for you - the only thing is, learners will be able to detect which area of the slide is the correct hotspot when they hover over it, since their mouse arrow will turn into a hand. So if you'd rather that not happen, I would suggest also drawing an additional transparent rectangle shape to cover the entire slide, and place it right behind the correct hotspot area. Hyperlink the rectangle to a feedback slide that indicates they clicked the wrong area. And of course you'd also hyperlink the correct hotspot shape to a slide that tells them they are correct.

This way, the entire slide ends up being clickable, so the learner doesn't get any extra clues as to which spot is the correct one.

Kayla Burtch

Haha... I totally misunderstood and though he wanted to do a labelled graphic in powerpoint. (I always get the names of those two mixed up in my head for some reason)

That's a good tip Jeanette, I did the same thing when I wanted to do a "hotspot" that was timed (so that the user got different feedback for under 5 sec, 5-10, and over 10) I used one large hyperlink to the "wrong" feedback, and three different hyperlinks A, B, C that disappeared at the 5sec and 10sec marks which went to A, B, C feedback.

Kayla Burtch

I wanted to... unfortunately screenr does not seem to like my computer (or vice versa)

No matter what I do it makes everything move snail slow, and impossible to demonstrate anything. Tech support said it might be my firewall/server but I'm on a company computer and can't disable that:( When I convince my boss to get me a license for my home computer I will make a bunch of the screenrs I've been wanting to do...

Isa Antepara

I am working on a pop quiz in a course. I have a question, and 3 answer choices. I am trying to use the hot spot. I created the slide with the question and the answers and hyperlinks to subsequent slides with feedback for correct and incorrect answers. I also went to slide properties to lock, branch, and hide the slides that needed it.

To check my work, I published to cd and all the color settings from my player template are gone! The company logo and the presenter's information are still there.  When I published, I made sure to have the correct player template selected in the arrow-down list. What caused this? How can I keep it from happening? I have another 5 sections to do for this course and don't want to make the same mistake.

How do I restore my colors?

Jeanette Brooks

Hi Isa - are you referring to the colors on your Presenter player? If so, open your presentation in PowerPoint, and on the Articulate menu, select Player Templates > Colors. Are your colors appearing in the preview pane? If not, select a custom color scheme from the dropdown list, click Close, and then make sure to save the changes to your player template when you're prompted. When you publish, make sure your newly saved player template is selected on the publish window.

Holly MacDonald

You could invest in snag-it, http://www.techsmith.com/snagit.html which is a nifty product for pretty darned cheap ($50) and then you can use Patti Bryant's (//www.screenr.com/user/Think_eLearning) great tip on creating a hotspot to include in your ppt, which might work? https://player.vimeo.com/video/149037777

Natalia Mueller

Kayla Burtch said:

That's a good tip Jeanette, I did the same thing when I wanted to do a "hotspot" that was timed (so that the user got different feedback for under 5 sec, 5-10, and over 10) I used one large hyperlink to the "wrong" feedback, and three different hyperlinks A, B, C that disappeared at the 5sec and 10sec marks which went to A, B, C feedback.


 Dang, Kayla

Nice one! I use the layered hyperlink effect a ton to simulate software. I don't know when I could work in that timed effect but I'm definitely going to file it away.

Also, I had all kinds of trouble with screenr until I installed Google Chrome on my work machine. Then it worked fine. Maybe it would solve your screenr issues too.

Jeanette Brooks

Isa, are you able to find the color scheme on your hard drive? This knowledgebase article lists where they are stored, depending on your operating system. If your color scheme is not there, is it possible that you might have moved your project files from one computer to another? If so, the player template might be stored "in project", meaning that the customizations you've made are actually being kept within the PPTA file. You can save an "in project" player template to your hard drive by using the steps Brian shows here: https://player.vimeo.com/video/136774316