Presenter ‘09 provides a series of player controls that you can incorporate into your presentation player. What you include in the player controls area is up to you—you can enable or disable whichever controls you choose, to fit your audience’s needs. Here we'll take a look at how.

Choosing Your Player Controls

  1. From the Articulate menu, select Player Templates.
  2. Click the Player Controls tab at the left edge of the window.
  3. In the Player Controls area of the window, mark any controls you want to include on your player. Unmark any you want to exclude. Note: Of the choices listed, the elapsed and total presentation time is the only item that doesn't appear in the player control area of the player. Instead, this info appears in the upper-left of your published presentation, on the title bar of the player.
  4. Click Close and, when prompted, save the changes you made to your player template.

About Keyboard Shortcuts

If you decide to omit some of the player controls, keep in mind that your learners might still be able to navigate your course with keyboard shortcuts, if those are enabled in your player template. If you'd like to disable them, follow these steps:

  1. From the Articulate menu, choose Player Templates.
  2. Click the Player Controls tab.
  3. In the Miscellaneous area of the window, unmark the box labeled Enable keyboard shortcuts.
  4. Click Close and, when prompted, save the changes you made to your player template.

Want to Change the Text Labels on the Notes Tab or the Seekbar?

Another way you can customize your player controls is by changing the text labels on the Notes tab or the seekbar. Here's how:

  1. From the Articulate menu, choose Player Templates.
  2. Click the Text Labels tab.
  3. Scroll down to items 12 through 19 and enter whatever text you like in the Custom text column.
  4. Click Close and, when prompted, save the changes you made to your player template.

Some Things to Keep in Mind

The player controls you choose to include on your player will appear when learners view your presentation in Standard view or No Sidebar view. If your presentation is viewed in Slide Only view, only some of the controls will be available (the play/pause button, the slide notes button, and the view mode toggle). For more info, see the view modes tutorial.