Using Button Sets to Create Interactive Objects in Storyline 360

Toggle Effects with Button Sets in Storyline 360 #372: Challenge | Recap

What are Button Sets?

Button sets work like radio buttons; they allow you to create a set of objects where only one can be active at a time.

Say you have two shapes and each has a “Selected” state, but you only want the learners to be able to select one shape at a time. Add a button set to your two shapes and—voila!—only one can be selected at a time. Button sets are a huge time-saver as compared to triggers.

What are Button Sets?

Using Button Sets with Characters

Button sets don’t apply to buttons only. You can apply a button set to almost any object on your slide: text boxes, shapes, images, characters, captions, and such. When you include an object in a button set, you’ll see that a Selected state is created automatically for that object. The Selected state shows learners visually which option is selected out of the button set. You can leave the default Selected state, or modify its look any way you want.

Using Button Sets with Characters

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Using Button Sets to Simulate Multiple Quiz Questions

You probably know that inserting multiple graded quiz questions on a single slide isn't possible. However, that's okay because Storyline's flexible enough that we can simulate the effect using built-in features like button sets freeform questions. Check out the following example from Diana Myers who first shared this example six years ago in our infographics challenge.

Using Button Sets to Simulate Multiple Quiz Questions

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Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to share an example that uses button sets. 

New to Storyline or using Rise 360 or another authoring tool? No problem! You’re welcome to mock up some ideas using PowerPoint or your preferred graphics program. 


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Last Week’s Challenge:

Before you dive into this week’s challenge, check out the creative ways course designers use interactive markers to create labeled graphics interactions in e-learning:

34 Examples Show How Labeled Graphics Interactions are Used in E-Learning #371

Labeled Graphics in E-Learning RECAP #371: Challenge | Recap

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The weekly e-learning challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.

Learn more about the challenges in this Q&A post and why and how to participate in this helpful article

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