Slide Display Duration

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Interactive or automated? User-controlled or self-running slide show?

Articulate Presenter gives you the option of setting each of your slides to advance by user or to advance automatically.

If you’re giving your users control, then you’ll want to set any or all of your slides to advance by user (Articulate -> Slide Properties -> Slide Navigation).

If you want your presentation to advance each slide automatically, this will occur at the end of the narration for each slide. But what if you want your slides to advance automatically after a a specifed duration, and you’re not using any narration? There are a couple ways to handle this scenario.

First, note that the Articulate Presenter default is to display slides without audio or animation for 5 seconds:


You can get to this option here:

  1. In PowerPoint, select the Articulate menu.
  2. Select Options -> Other.
  3. Modify the number of seconds to any value you’d like.

Secondly, if your slides are set to advance automatically and you’d like to control how long each slide will display, you can do so by recording empty audio (note that this method will always supercede whatever value you have set in Articulate options):

  1. In PowerPoint, go to the slide in question.
  2. Go to Articulate -> Record Narration.
  3. Click Record and record for however long you’d like the slide to display (don’t worry about background noise or even having a mic attached).
  4. Go to Articulate -> Import Audio, then highlight the slide in question.
  5. Click Remove. This will leave empty space for the amount of time you recorded, but no trace of any audio, resulting in your slide displaying for the desired length of time.

8 responses to “Slide Display Duration”


I was hoping to find info on best practices about the total optimal length of any training. I would consider that about 20 minutes of e-learning at a time might be fine. Any more than that and we might lose concentration of users or their busy schedule might call them to something else. What do you suggest and based on what criteria?

Francois Rainville // Posted at 9:19 am on July 19th, 2007

It really depends on the content, context, and how you design the training. William Horton and Michael Allen both have some good stuff in their books.

Ruth Clark and Richard Mayer authored “E-learning and the Science of Instruction.” It deals with the science of learning and cognitive loads…

Tom // Posted at 11:46 am on July 19th, 2007

Is there any way to remove the slide duration from the Notes view?

Greg Gardner // Posted at 12:26 pm on February 18th, 2008

Is there a away to remove the slide timer/duration altogether? That is, just have a next or play button at the bottom?

Floyd // Posted at 10:11 am on August 6th, 2009

I’m also looking at the possibility to remove the slide timer/duration so that the user will be able to click the next button whenever he wants.

Any ideas of how to accomplish this?

Juliana // Posted at 1:56 pm on August 24th, 2009

Hi Juliana- as long as your navigation restriction is set to “Free” in your player template (see related help topic for Presenter ’09), your users can use the Articulate player controls to move back and forth within your course.

Also change the “Advance” setting to “By user” in Slide Properties.

gabe // Posted at 3:04 pm on August 24th, 2009

Thanks Gabe,

Yes, that’s right, but when the user is under the slide view only, the play button is only made available after the time has been completed or the audio recording is finalized.
This view does not have the forward/backward buttons.
I want the users to be able to move without any restrictions at any point in time.
Fyi, I’m using CE 8.

Juliana // Posted at 3:14 pm on August 24th, 2009

Hi Juliana- Ahh, I see… slide only view mode. Take a look at the “Floating Slide Only view” in this blog entry by Dave Moxon — he explains how to add the forward/back controls to slide only view.

Of course, you could also add your own navigation to the slide and then link it up using hyperlinking in PowerPoint to go forward/back.

gabe // Posted at 3:38 pm on August 24th, 2009

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