The Beginner’s Guide to Presenter ’09

Written by Tom Kuhlmann — Posted in Articulate 101, Articulate Presenter

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The following guest blog entry was written by Articulate VP of Community Tom Kuhlmann.

A lot of people are brand-new to rapid e-learning and aren’t quite sure where to start. So I sat down and recorded some quick informal sessions as if I were sitting next to you at your computer and explaining how to get started in Presenter ’09.

The tutorials walk you through the features and how to use them. So if you’re just getting started and not sure how to begin, check out the links below.


Let’s start with a quick orientation of what you have in Presenter ’09 (4:31). For a closer look at specific features, check out the tutorials below — they’re organized by the features in the toolbar. The tutorials were recorded in order, but you can jump in and out of them at your leisure.

Narration Features

Insert Multimedia

Tools & Course Customization

Preview & Publish

Now What?

So you want to learn Presenter and build good courses? Here’s how to get started:

  • Create a simple PowerPoint file to practice what you learn in the tutorials above. Don’t worry about messing up.
  • Join the user community. It’s free and it’s a great place to get help, quick answers, and learn from other users. Personally, I think the Articulate user community is the best out there.
  • Follow the community tutorials. There are a few new ones added each week.
  • Sign up for the Rapid E-Learning Blog, where you’ll get practical tips & tricks, and sometimes free assets like templates and fonts.
  • Patti Shank and Jennifer Bircher have written a very in-depth book that covers the Essential Articulate Studio ‘09, if you want a great reference and resource at your fingertips.

12 responses to “The Beginner’s Guide to Presenter ’09”


Perfect timing! Facilitating a quick one-hour “get your feet wet” presentation to a group of students in the Instructional Design & Technologies graduate program this week at University of Memphis.

Kevin Thorn // Posted at 2:19 pm on March 1st, 2010

A great set of tutorials to start with. Thank you.

djsetzer // Posted at 12:34 pm on July 6th, 2010

This is really great information. I now realize I need to polish up my PowerPoint skills. Any suggestions? I’m scheduled for a class in 2020. Perhaps I exagerate.

Jeri Oswalt // Posted at 8:02 pm on July 12th, 2010

There is so much good info online at Articulate home, on blogs and in the forums – I feel like I’m in a blender! It’s all good info, but I need some very basic starting steps.

Lissa // Posted at 12:52 pm on July 20th, 2010


This very blog post is a great place to the basic starting steps. Community tutorials and Tom’s Rapid eLearning Blog are a wealth of info. Yes, it can be overwhelming spinning inside that blender 🙂 but just take baby steps. You’ll be amazed how simple and easy it is.

Kevin // Posted at 2:56 pm on July 20th, 2010

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I am still evaluating Presenter 09 — have been through all of the tutorials, developed my test PowerPoint, practiced everything — several glitches, but I’m sure I’ll figure them out. BUT I published to the web (saved on my desktop). When I went to play it, everything came through just fine except for the original design of the PowerPoint presentation. It just came through with a plain white background. Can you help, or can you tell me where to get questions like this?

Judi Grutter // Posted at 5:19 pm on February 3rd, 2011

Hi Judi- have you selected the slide master? Learn more here:

Also, you can ask additional questions by submitting a support case:

gabe // Posted at 1:16 pm on February 4th, 2011

Hi, do I have to save each quiz in the unpublished form so I can edit it later or can I open a published quiz and still edit it.
Also when I import a quiz into Powerpoint does it have to be published first. I have looked at the tutorials but it is not discussed on how to save files.


Tim // Posted at 7:31 pm on April 17th, 2011

Hello Tim – yes, to edit a quiz, you’ll need the Quizmaker ’09 file (which ends with a .quiz extension). You won’t be able to make edits to your quiz if you only have the published version. And regarding your other question about adding your quiz to a presentation: you can either publish your quiz from Quizmaker to Presenter, or you can add the quiz by from within PowerPoint/Presenter.

jeanette // Posted at 8:15 am on April 18th, 2011

This is just what I needed to start. Thank you

Lila // Posted at 5:27 am on September 7th, 2011

This has been a great follow-on to the Building Better Courses tutorial ( After gaining foundation knowledge there, I came here and built a small sample course, adding to it as I gained knowledge from each video. Thanks so much!

Becky // Posted at 11:29 am on February 9th, 2012

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