Non-linear Presentations

PowerPoint enables you to create project based activities with your students participating in games, interactive activities and quizzes. Projects that you can create using PowerPoint include quizzes, reviews, interactive maps, clickable menus, games, and even graded tests.





Most people use the default settings in PowerPoint which creates linear presentations. However, sometimes you may want to create a presentation that gives the user menu options to navigate through a set of slide

Hyperlinking


  1. Select the text you want to hyperlink. Be sure to select the text itself, not just the box around the text.
  2. Right click, and select “Hyperlink…” from the menu.
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  1. In the “Insert Hyperlink” dialog box, choose “Place in This Document” from the left menu.
  2. Click on the screen you want the hyperlink to lead to. Click OK.
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Action Buttons

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You can use premade buttons or design on yourself. See the tutorial on this site: http://www.internet4classrooms.com/format_pp_buttons.htm

Making Action Buttons

advanc_ssllide.JPGPowerPoint enables you to create project based activities with your students participating in games, interactive activites and quizzes. Projects that you can create using PowerPoint include quizzes, reviews, interactive maps, clickable menus, games, and even graded tests.

Most people use the default settings in PowerPoint which creates linear presentations. However, sometimes you may want to create a presentation that gives the user menu options to navigate through a set of slides. In a normal slide show, whenever a use clicks anywhere on the slide, they are taken to the next slide. When you are using action settings to made text or images clickable, you will probably want the user to click on your hyperlinks. To keep the user from being able to click on other parts of the slide, do the following:

from the Slide Show menu, select "Slide Transition". In this dialog, uncheck the box under Advance Slide --> On Mouse Click. This will make the slide so that the ONLY thing it responds to is clicking on the buttons.


Triggers


  1. When creating a PowerPoint trigger, the option to hide the music file icon is unavailable, so we will hide the music icons manually.
  2. Drag the music file icon to a blank area of the slide. Alternatively, you may hide the sound or music icon behind the clip art image.
Note - The next steps may be a little tricky. The clip art images you inserted earlier may not be identified clearly (such as Picture 5, Picture 8 etc.) so you may have to try this step more than once to select the right graphic object.
  1. Click on the sound icon on the slide to select it.
  2. Click on the Animations tab of the ribbon if it is not already selected.
  3. Click Trigger > On Click of > Picture 8 (or whatever the correct picture may be that corresponds to the music file).
Test the PowerPoint Trigger
  1. Press the F5 key on the keyboard to start up the slide show.
  2. Hover your mouse over Picture 8 and your mouse cursor should change to the familiar "hand" icon, indicating a link. (If the hand icon does not appear, you have chosen the wrong picture)
  3. Click on Picture 8 and the music should play.
  4. Press the Esc key on the keyboard to return to the working view of the presentation.


Creating a Drop Down Menu

  1. Insert an AutoShape/Shape. Add some appropriate text, such as Main Menu.
  2. Then create your submenu items on AutoShapes/Shapes, just below the Main Menu button. Add text for the topics that you want to cover.
  3. Select all of the submenu buttons and group them, by choosing Draw on the Drawing toolbar>Group. (In 2007, press Ctrl+G to group the selected buttons.) You do this so that all of the buttons drop down at the same time.
  4. Choose Slide Show>Custom Animation. (In 2007, choose Animations tab>Animations group>Custom Animation.)
  5. Select the grouped submenu buttons, and choose Add Effect> Entrance> Wipe. Set the Direction to From Top. Set the Speed to Very Fast.
  6. You want the menu to wipe down when you click the Main Menu. In the Custom Animation task pane, click the submenu's drop-down arrow and choose Timing.
  7. Click Triggers, then choose Start Effect on Click Of. From the drop-down list, choose the Main Menu object. Click OK.
  8. It's nice if the submenu buttons disappear so that the next time you display the menu slide, you again have to click the Main Menu button to drop them down. This takes some finagling. (If you don't want the submenu buttons to disappear the next time you display the menu slide, skip to Step 11 and hyperlink to your Main Menu slide.) Select the grouped submenu buttons, and choose Add Effect> Exit> Disappear in the Custom Animation task pane. The new animation should appear above the trigger; if not, drag it up. Change the Start to With Previous.

Note: If you now create links on the other slides to go back to this slide, you'll find that the submenu doesn't disappear. It may disappear once, but try again, and the Disappear animation won't work any more! That's because PowerPoint disables certain features when a slide is displayed more than once.

  1. To make sure that the submenu disappears each time, click the Main Menu Slide in the left Slides pane and press Ctrl+D to duplicate that slide. Then select the first of the two identical slides. On that first slide, delete the submenu so that only the Main Menu button remains.
  2. With that first slide still selected, choose Slide Show> Slide Transition. (In 2007, choose the Animations tab.) Uncheck the On Mouse Click check box and check the Automatically After check box, which should say 00:00.
  3. Select the topmost of the submenu AutoShapes. Because the submenus are grouped, this selects all of them. Now click the edge of the top submenu. Choose Insert> Hyperlink. (In 2007, choose Insert tab> Links group> Hyperlink.) In the Hyperlink dialog box, choose Place in this Document, and choose the slide that the topmost submenu should link to. Do the same for the other submenu AutoShapes.
  4. Display the first slide that your first submenu button links to. Add an AutoShape and choose Insert> Hyperlink. (In 2007, choose Insert tab> Links group> Hyperlink.) In the Hyperlink dialog box, choose Place in this Document, and choose the first of the two duplicate slides. This will ensure that the Disappear animation always works. No one will notice that you're going to a "dummy" first slide because the slide timing moves you immediately to the next slide -- which is your real menu slide. (If you don't want the submenu to disappear, just link to the menu slide.)
  5. Copy your hyperlinked button onto the other slides that you're linking to. These buttons get you back to the Main Menu.