Engage | Spotlight on Tabs Interaction

Written by Gabe Anderson — Posted in Articulate Engage, E-Learning Industry

This is Part 4 of an 11-part series on Engage Interaction Types – More Than Meets the Eye.

Got content? Want to organize it into an intuitive and polished Flash-based format before you deliver it to your learners?

Enter the Engage Tabs interaction: It provides the framework for organizing your related items, and you provide the content — be it text, audio, images, .SWF or .FLV video, or links to external sources.

Engage | Spotlight on Tabs Interaction


From the most simple use — such as outlining the various offerings your organization provides to its customers — to a more complex use — a video introduction from your sales VP followed by an overview of your new products — the Tabs interaction can be leveraged to convey just about any similar grouping of content to your users.

I created this sample Tabs interaction in about 20 minutes or so by pulling together content on a single topic: Implementing David Allen’s Getting Things Done:


To get the creative juices flowing, here are some other ideas about the types of content you can group together with Tabs:

  • Comparison among several products within a product line
  • Members of an executive team with bios and photos
  • Features of a product or service
  • Definition of an acronym with each tab being a letter
  • Software applications you’ll use in your job (Word, Outlook, etc.)
  • Symptoms of an illness
  • Cities included in your team’s new sales territory
  • Outline of material to review as a supplement to your e-learning course (books with links to purchase, PDFs to download, software to install, etc.)
  • Internal points of contact for escalation work flow
  • Steps in a process

An 11-Part Series: Engage Interaction Types – More Than Meets the Eye

  1. Engage Interaction Types – More Than Meets the Eye
  2. Engage | Spotlight on Process Interaction
  3. Engage | Spotlight on Labeled Graphic
  4. Engage | Spotlight on Tabs Interaction
  5. Engage | Spotlight on Circle Interaction
  6. Engage | Spotlight on Timeline Interaction
  7. Engage | Spotlight on Media Tour
  8. Engage | Spotlight on FAQ Interaction
  9. Engage | Spotlight on Pyramid Interaction
  10. Engage | Spotlight on Guided Image
  11. Engage | Spotlight on Glossary

2 responses to “Engage | Spotlight on Tabs Interaction”


How can I edit the size of the tabs and the size of the flash player?

Matt // Posted at 1:00 pm on October 31st, 2007

Hi Matt-

You can change the width of the tabs by going to Interaction Properties -> Tabs and specifying a percentage of the interaction width. You can learn more here.

Here’s how to change the size of your published interaction.

gabe // Posted at 10:54 am on November 1st, 2007

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