Insert Interactions and Manage in PowerPoint using Adobe Presenter
Explore how to insert an Interaction in PowerPoint using Adobe Presenter.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Adobe Presenter enables you to add interactions. So what are interactions? Essentially, these are static widgets in the form of SWF files. These widgets help you quickly set up standard user interactions, for example, interactions using accordions or tabs. Once you add an interaction on a slide within PowerPoint, you can customize it further. Follow these steps to learn how to insert an interaction:
- Within PowerPoint, access the Adobe Presenter tab of the
click the top area of Interaction button (highlighted in red
within Figure 1). Make sure to save the presentation once before adding an interaction.
Figure 1: Interaction button
- This opens the Insert Interaction dialog box, as you can see in
Figure 2: Insert Interaction dialog box
Options within the Insert Interaction dialog box are explained below, as marked in Figure 2, above.
- Categories: Here you'll find a sidebar with various types of interactions. Choose
any one option.
- Previews: Here you'll see a preview of the selected interaction and you can also
make some basic edits.
- Categories: Here you'll find a sidebar with various types of interactions. Choose any one option.
- Once you choose an interaction, you can do more. For example we chose the Accordion
option -- note the preview area which now shows more options to make some basic edits to change the look of
the interaction, as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Options to edit the look of the selected interaction
All the options within the preview area are explained below, as marked in Figure 3, above.
- Themes: Here you can choose a different Theme for your selected interaction and
change its look instantly. Note that this Theme has nothing to do with the Theme of your container
- Preview / Edit Button Text: Shows the interaction after changes are applied. Although you can preview your interaction here, you can also make edits within this area. To edit,
double-click the button text and the button content area to type your text. In addition within the button
content area, you can also insert pictures (option highlighted in blue
within Figure 4) and audio files (option highlighted in
red within Figure 4).
Figure 4: Editing button text
- Custom: Click this tab to bring up the Custom options, as shown in
Figure 5. There are three options within the Custom tab: Buttons,
Content, and Header -- with the help of these options, you can choose the font type
for text, text color, background color, or hide the header altogether.
Figure 5: Custom options
For the Buttons, you can set colors for the three states: Up, Over, and Active, as shown in Figure 6.
Up is the state when users have not clicked the button.
Over is the state when users hover their mouse over the buttons.
Active is the state when users click the button.
Figure 6: Button options
- Full Screen: Click this button to hide the Themes and
Custom tabs. To unhide the tabs back click the button which says
Reduce Size, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 7, below.
Figure 7: Reduce Size restores the tabs
Figure 8: Removing existing button
The example shown in this tutorial works with the Accordion interaction we selected. Other interactions any have different edit options.
- Themes: Here you can choose a different Theme for your selected interaction and change its look instantly. Note that this Theme has nothing to do with the Theme of your container PowerPoint presentation.
- Click the OK button to insert the interaction on the slide.
- To preview the interaction, play your presentation by clicking the Preview button
within the Adobe Presenter tab. To learn more about the Preview options, refer to our
Preview Options in Adobe
- Make sure to save your presentation often.
There are some more options related to interactions. To explore them, click the down-arrow in
Interaction button, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 9: Interaction button down-arrow
This opens a drop-down menu, as shown in Figure 10.
Figure 10: Interaction drop-down menu
There are three options within the Interaction drop-down list, which are explained below:
- Insert Interaction: This option brings up the Insert Interaction
dialog box, as shown in Figure 2 earlier on this page.
- Manage Interactions: When selected it brings up the
Manage Interactions dialog box, as shown in Figure 11. Here you can see
the list of interactions added within your presentation - whichever interaction you want to edit just
select it and click the Edit button, as shown highlighted in
red within Figure 11.
Figure 11: Manage Interactions dialog box
- Insert Scenario Interaction: With this option you can create scenario-based training
with easily customizable scenario interactions. Each scenario template contains the complete question vs
answer flow. Learn more in our
Interaction using Adobe Presenter tutorial.