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Tab-style interactions are probably the most common type of elearning interactions and for good reason. They’re easy to build and add a bit of interactivity to what would normally be linear content.

They’re also a great way to deal with an issue that plagues many elearning courses—locked navigation. People should have as much freedom as possible when navigating their online training because it’s part of their learning experience. But we know that’s not always going to happen. Many course designers (or customers) want to force linear navigation.

Tab interactions allow the controlled navigation that the client prefers and still gives the learners some freedom to explore the content and navigate as they wish.

To help speed things up I pulled together some tab interactions for you to use. These free PowerPoint templates are available in the elearning community.

Free Vertical and Horizontal Tab Templates

Vertical and horizontal tabs typically consist of a navigation bar that contains the tabs; and the tabs are persistent across the screens with quick access to the other tabs. The examples below generally fit that description. I also included an accordion style interaction that meets the same qualifications. It just looks different.

Blue Tabs Interaction

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Color Tabs Interaction

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Accordion Tabs Interactions 

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Six Tabs Interactions

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Circle Gray Tabs Interaction

Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - example of a tabs interaction and free PowerPoint template for online training

Free Main Menu Tabs Templates

Main menu tabs are common as starting points in an online training course. They usually aren’t persistent once you leave the main menu. However, you’ll notice with a few of the templates below I added a persistent tab link at the bottom that matches the main tab screen.

Colored Bars Tabs Interaction

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Black & Gray Spoke Interaction

Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - example of a tabs interaction and free PowerPoint template for online training

Spectrum Tabs Interaction

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Glassy Blue Tabs Interaction

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Green Bulb Interaction

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Blue Green Interaction

Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - example of a tabs interaction and free PowerPoint template for online training

Business Time Interaction

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Blue White Box Interaction

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Image-Based Menu Interaction

Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - example of a tabs interaction and free PowerPoint template for online training

Free Notebook Tab Templates

Interactive tabbed notebooks are pretty common. The templates below are more proof of concept as I was showing how to create the tabbed interactions in PowerPoint. Looking at them today, I think they’re due for a makeover (coming soon).

Multi-colored Notebook Tabs

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Five & 3-tabs Interactive Notebook

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Hope you enjoy the free PowerPoint templates and that you can find uses for them in your online training programs. And if you need any help figuring out how to customize, be sure to ask.

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19 responses to “Speed Up Your Interactive E-Learning with These Free PowerPoint Templates”

nice templates

Thank you, love it 🙂

Nice clean templates. The navigation tabs will be very useful for my course development.

Great attractive templates. Thanks for sharing.

Very nice. Thanks!

Thanks for sharing all of these templates.

The tabs are great. I agree they are a bit dated but once you learn to build one it’s easy to make your own.

I filled the shapes with textures and they look great.

Are there Storyline templates for these?

@Connie: a few of them have Storyline templates. When I get some time I’ll convert a few…unless of course someone in the community wants to. 🙂

Go Hawks.

Nice templates! Very Useful. I hope we you could have templates with greater number tabs. Anyways, you are a heaven sent!

I love that hit! Will you be at the home opener?

I used to have season tix and gave them up a season early. 🙁 I’ll be watching from home.

Thank you for this. Very useful and helpful.

I LOVE the hamster video in the Business Time Interaction elearning example!

I do too. It’s funny and I’m sure that the company doesn’t mind the free ads.

This is fantastic! I am a teacher-librarian and this is going to be so helpful when preparing presentations and instructions! Thank you for sharing!!!

September 26th, 2013

Nice informative post.Thanks for this great sharing.