In Presenter ‘09, one of the really great features you can bake into your player interface is a sidebar navigation panel. This is a hardworking tool that can wear all kinds of hats, depending on what you want to make available to your users:  clickable menu, course outline, search tool, transcript/notes viewer—or a combination of all these things. You can customize your own navigation panel in two quick steps, and we'll cover them here.

When you include a navigation panel in your player, it appears on the left edge of your player's sidebar. If your sidebar also includes a logo panel or a presenter panel, the navigation panel appears below them.

Step 1: Choose the Tabs for Your Navigation Panel

You can include any or all of the following tabs in your navigation panel. If you include more than one, they'll be layered on top of one another in your player, like the examples below. Users can switch to a different tab in the panel by clicking the tab name:

  • Outline Tab—Lists your slides by title.  You can control which slides are listed and how they appear by adjusting the Slide Properties in Presenter. Users can click on a title to jump to a specific slide.
  • Thumbnails Tab—Shows a thumbnail of each slide. Users can click on a thumbnail to jump to a specific slide.
  • Notes Tab—Shows notes or a transcript of the slide the user's currently viewing. The text here is whatever you previously entered or pasted into PowerPoint's slide notes pane.  
  • Search Tab—Shows a search window so users can find specific text within your slide text or slide notes.

Here's how to specify which of the four tabs you want to include in your navigation panel:

  1. From the Articulate menu, select Player Templates.
  2. Click Navigation.
  3. Mark the box next to any of the Navigation Tabs.
  4. Use the arrow buttons to change the order in which you want the tabs to be arranged in your player sidebar.
  5. To specify which tab appears on top when users first launch the presentation, highlight a tab and click Set As Starting Tab. Users can always change which tab they're viewing by clicking on a different one.

Step 2: Turn on the Navigation Panel in Your Template

Now you just need to set your player template to display the navigation panel in your sidebar:

  1. While still in the Player Templates window, click Layout.
  2. In the Sidebar section, mark the Navigation panel box.
  3. Click Close and , when prompted, save the changes to your player template.

That's all there is to it! When you publish, the navigation panel in your sidebar will include the tabs you chose.

Want the Navigation Panel to Appear Only for Certain Slides?

The navigation panel is part of your player's sidebar, so it'll appear anytime users view your presentation in Standard View (this is the view mode that shows the sidebar). If you don't want the sidebar to appear for certain slides, you can specify a different view mode for those slides. Learn more about view modes and how to choose them here.

Want to Change the Names of the Navigation Tabs?

Not crazy about the names that Presenter uses for the four tabs in the navigation panel? No problem. It's easy to change them. Here's how:

  1. From the Articulate menu, select Player Templates.
  2. Click the Text Labels tab.
  3. Items 4 through 11 are the text labels used in the navigation tabs. To change them, enter whatever you like in the Custom text column.
  4. Click Close and, when prompted, save the changes to your player template.