Mouse cursors let you simulate mouse movements in your Articulate Storyline courses. They're great for software training and simulations.
Choose from a gallery of cursor styles. Add sounds and visual effects. Control the path, timing, and speed of mouse movements. You're in command.
- Adding Mouse Cursors
- Changing Cursor Styles
- Adding Mouse-Clicking Sounds
- Adding Visual Click Effects
- Changing the Path of Mouse Movements
- Changing the Timing and Speed of Mouse Movements
There are two ways to add mouse cursors to a project.
- Storyline automatically adds mouse cursors to screen recordings when you insert them as step-by-step slides. You can adjust mouse cursor styles, effects, paths, timings, and speeds. (See the following sections for details.)
- You can also add mouse cursors manually, just where you need them.
To add a mouse cursor manually, go to the Insert tab on the ribbon, click Mouse, and choose a cursor style. It'll automatically appear on your slide.
Tip: Only one mouse cursor can be added to each slide, and it must be added to the base layer of the slide. Mouse cursors aren't supported on layers or slide masters.
To change the style of a cursor, select the mouse object on the slide, go to the Format tab on the ribbon, and choose a different style from the Cursors gallery.
Want to use your own cursor image? Just click Browse for Cursors at the bottom of the Cursors gallery, then select a file on your computer with a *.cur or *.ani extension.
When the mouse reaches the end of its path, it can play a single-click or double-click sound, or you can omit the clicking sound altogether.
Select the mouse object on the slide, go to the Format tab on the ribbon, and click None, Single, or Double.
To show an animated click effect at the end of a mouse movement, go to the Format tab on the ribbon and mark the box to Show Click Effects. Uncheck it if you don't want to simulate a mouse click.
Choose the direction of the mouse movement and whether its path is curved or straight.
- Select the mouse object on the slide. When a mouse object is selected, you'll see its path represented by a black line.
- Go to the Format tab on the ribbon and mark the Straight Pointer Path box to make the mouse move in a straight line. Uncheck it to move the mouse in a curved line.
- To set the direction of a mouse cursor's motion, use the Enter From selector to choose an entrance point.
Tip: If the Enter From selector is grayed-out, it's because the direction of the mouse movement is already determined by the previous slide. When you have consecutive slides with mouse cursors, the end point of the first will be the beginning point of the next.
A mouse cursor is visible for the entire duration of a slide. However, you can change when its movement starts and ends. You can also make it slow down before the end of its path.
- Select the mouse object in the timeline.
- Drag its left edge along the timeline to adjust when its movement begins. Drag its right edge along the timeline to adjust when its movement ends.
- Unlike other Storyline objects, the beginning and ending of a cursor's movement is controlled by the timeline, not the appearance and disappearance of the cursor itself.
- By adjusting the timing of a cursor's movement, you're also controlling its speed. A shorter duration results in a faster motion, and a longer duration results in a slower motion.
- If you want the mouse movement to slow down just before the end of its path, go to the Format tab on the ribbon and mark the box to Reduce Speed Before Click.