Presenter ‘09 gives you a lot of control over how much freedom your learners have when they navigate your course. We all like to give learners a flexible learning experience, but let’s face it—there might be times when you need to make sure all learners are exposed to all the content in your course. A common example is if you’re building compliance training and your client wants to minimize the possibility of learners just clicking through to the end of the course.

In this tutorial we’ll take a look at how to lock or restrict navigation. Keep in mind, though, that locking or restricting your course's navigation will mean that learners will need to view each slide all the way through, before moving forward. If that's a little too rigid, you could instead opt to use the slide locking feature and automatic slide advance on just the do-or-die slides.

If you do opt to lock or restrict the navigation in your entire course, here's how to do it:

Step 1: Change the Navigation Setting

  1. On the Articulate menu, click Player Templates.
  2. Select the Navigation tab.
  3. In the User navigation dropdown, choose one of the following:
    • Locked—This prevents users from navigating away from the slide they're viewing, until the slide is finished. When the slide does finish, the user will only be able to move forward, not jump back to a previous slide.
    • Restricted—This prevents users from navigating to any slide ahead of one they're currently viewing. They can, however, jump back to a previous slide.
  4. Click Close and, when prompted, save the changes you made to your player template.

Step 2: Take Control of the Seekbar

If your player includes a seekbar, you might also want to prevent users from clicking on the seekbar to fast-forward to the end of whichever slide they're viewing. Here's how to do that:

  1. On the Articulate menu, click Player Templates.
  2. Select the tab called Player Controls.
  3. Unmark the box next to Allow user to seek within seekbar.
  4. Click Close and, when prompted, save the changes you made to your player template.

How to Change the Text of the Pop-Ups Your Learners See

If you apply restricted or locked navigation to your course, users will see a pop-up message like the one below if they attempt to navigate away from your slide:

You can customize the pop-up messages if you like. Here's how:

  1. On the Articulate menu, click Player Templates.
  2. Select the Text Labels tab.
  3. Scroll down to items 24 through 27. The text in the Custom text column is what your users will see in the pop-ups. You can modify the text to say whatever you like.
  4. Click Close and, when prompted, save the changes you made to your player template.