In Presenter ‘09, you have a lot of control over the view modes that are available to your users. You can display your presentation in Standard View, No Sidebar View, or Slide Only View:

If your player includes that little button in the lower-right corner, known as the view mode toggle button, then your users can switch back and forth to different views anytime while they’re viewing your presentation:

Removing the Toggle Button

For some courses, you might prefer that users not have the option of switching view modes. It’s easy to remove the toggle button from your player. Here’s how:

  1. Open your presentation in PowerPoint and click Player Templates on the Articulate menu.
  2. Select the Player Controls tab from the left edge of the window.
  3. Unmark the Change view mode button.
  4. Click Close and save your changes.

Next time you publish, the toggle button will no longer appear in your player.

Choosing the View Modes That Learners See When They Click the Toggle Button

If you want to keep the toggle button on your player, but you just want to control which view modes users see when they click it, you can do that instead. For example, suppose you don’t mind if your learners toggle to Slide Only view or No Sidebar view, but you really don't want them to see your presentation in Standard View. Just one little change to your template, and you'll be all set. Here’s how to choose the view modes available to your learners:

  1. Click Player Templates on the Articulate menu.
  2. Select the Layout tab from the left edge of the window.
  3. Under View Modes, unmark any view mode that you don't want users to be able to toggle to when they click the toggle button. For example, if you don’t want them to see your presentation in Standard View, you would unmark Standard view but leave a checkmark next to the two other view modes:
  4. Click Close and save your changes.

Keep in mind that if you only click one view mode here, the toggle button won't appear in your published output, even if you've enabled it on your template—because if you're only allowing one view mode, there's nothing to toggle to.

Also, if you previously disabled the toggle button on your template, you'll need to enable it again so that it appears in your player interface. See the steps at the beginning of this tutorial for help with that. Then just republish, using the player template you’ve customized, and your changes will appear in your published presentation.

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