Articulate Quizmaker's freeform hotspot question lets you design a question with one or more hotspots. It can be graded or ungraded.

Step 1: Insert a Freeform Hotspot Question

There are two ways to create a freeform hotspot question. If you've already designed a blank slide that you want to use in a hotspot scenario, you can convert it into a freeform question. (Click here to learn how.) Or, you can insert a freeform hotspot question as described below.

  1. First, do any of the following to open the Insert Questions window:
    • In Question List View, go to the Home tab, and click Freeform Question.
    • In Question List View, press Ctrl+Q.
    • In Slide View, go to the Insert tab, and click Freeform Question.
    • In Slide View, right-click anywhere in the left navigation pane, and choose New Question.
    • In Slide View, press Ctrl+Q.
    • In Form View, go to the Home tab, and click Freeform Question.
  2. When the Insert Questions window opens, select the Freeform tab in the upper left corner, and click the Hotspot thumbnail.
  3. Click Insert.

Step 2: Add an Image

When you insert a freeform hotspot question, it'll open in Form View, so you can add an image and define one or more hotspots. Here's how to add an image for the background of the hotspot question:

  1. Click Choose Image.
  2. Browse to the picture you want to use.
  3. Click Open.

The image will appear in the interactive preview area above the Choose Image button (and also in the preview thumbnail in the lower right corner of the screen). If you change your mind about the picture you selected, click Choose Image again to browse for a different picture.

Tip: You can also swap out the background image when you're in Slide View. Just right-click the image on the slide, and select Change Picture.

Step 3: Define Hotspots

Here's how to work with hotspots in Form View:

  • To add a hotspot, click Add Hotspot, and choose one of the shapes. Draw the hotspot on the interactive preview area above the Add Hotspot button.
  • To move a hotspot, simply drag it with your mouse in the interactive preview area.
  • To resize a hotspot, drag any of its sizing handles.
  • To delete a hotspot, click the red X below the preview area, or press the Delete key on your keyboard.

If your freeform hotspot question will be graded, mark the radio button in the Correct column that corresponds to the right answer.

If your question doesn't have correct and incorrect responses, go to the Home tab, and select None from the Score drop-down to make it ungraded. (The Correct column will disappear.)

Here's how to work with hotspots in Slide View:

  • To add a hotspot, go to the Insert tab, and click Hotspot. Select a shape for the hotspot, and draw it on the slide.
  • To move a hotspot, simply drag it with your mouse to a new location on the slide.
  • To resize a hotspot, drag any of its sizing handles.
  • To delete a hotspot, press the Delete key on your keyboard.

Note: To designate which hotspot is the correct answer for graded questions, you'll need to switch to Form View, and mark one of the radio buttons in the Correct column (see above).

Step 4: Customize Question Properties

After creating a freeform hotspot question, you can customize several of its attributes, including feedback, branching, score, number of attempts, and whether learners are required to answer or allowed to skip it. To learn how, see Working with the Question Editor.

Can I Convert a Freeform Question into a Non-Question Slide?

Yes, you can! Do either of the following:

  • In Slide View, go to the Insert tab, and click Remove Freeform. Click OK to confirm.
  • In Form View, go to the Home tab, and click Remove Freeform. Click OK to confirm.

When you remove freeform from a question, it becomes a standard content slide (known as a blank slide). Text and other objects remain intact. Only question-related properties, such as score and feedback, get removed. 

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