The hyperlink — linking from a point in a slide to another destination — is a great way to add interactivity to your presentations and can be a complete alternative to using the navigation controls within the Articulate player.
You can add links to most objects and text on each slide and can send your user to any other slide, an external site, attachment, or external file.
Articulate does respect most of the hyperlinking that you do within PowerPoint, although there are a few notable exceptions. Relative hyperlinks can cause problems (when you don’t link to an absolute position like http://articulate.com/support but rather to just a file or folder like support/help.doc), but there are ways to add relative hyperlinks, as we will see.
I put together this presentation to show a few things you can do with hyperlinks.
Ladybirds on Branches
If you looked at the presentation above, you will have seen that there were no navigation controls available to the viewer other than the hyperlinks I placed in the slides. If you want to have all of your navigation in your course via hyperlinks and not allow your user to navigate as they would want, then you have to make sure that you hide the controls in the player. To do this, you need to go to the Layout tab in the Player Template Builder and uncheck “Display forward/back/pause controller” and “Display seekbar:”
You’ll also want to choose the “No sideview” mode to view your presentation, which ensures your navigation panel is not visible to the left and also that the toggle button to the right does not show:
Alternatively, you can choose the “Slide Only” view and then manually remove the toggle button from the published files, according to the instructions in the How to Customize the “Slide Only” View of Articulate Presenter article I wrote.
Finally, make sure that your Slide Properties Manager does not show any changes of view on any of the slides. The best thing is to just leave the column clear like here:
Tom Kuhlmann wrote an excellent article on branching called Yes, Rapid Elearning Can Do Branching. Also be sure to check out his Rapid eLearning Blog for other articles on the merits of branching and active and passive engagement.