Create a Dynamic Menu Slide in Adobe Captivate

PLEASE NOTE: This information was originally posted on my website back in 2014. The method explained in the videos linked below has now been greatly simplified in more recent editions of Adobe Captivate. Instead of hiding and showing lots of grouped objects it is now possible to achieve very similar results using Object States.

Have you ever wanted to add more interactivity to your e-learning course by including a Dynamic Menu Slide with links to sections of your content? You would not normally use this type of navigation for strictly linear e-learning modules.  But if the course module has several content sections and they can be done in any order, a menu slide makes good sense.  

Well in these two video tutorials I show you how to do just that with several progressively more complex examples, starting from a bare bones simple example, up to menu slides that include visual feedback to indicate which items a user has interacted with, and finally to a very complex menu slide.

Start with simple examples first!

The first video below explains how to create very simple menu slides that require only interactive objects. Then it moves on to two more complex examples that require custom User Variables and Conditional Advanced Actions. Don’t worry if yiou are unfamiliar with these concepts as I explain how everything works from the ground up.  

Watch the first YouTube video below to see how all of this is done!

Taking things to the next level

The Infosemantics template for Adobe Captivate has a built-in Dynamic Menu slide that is far more complex than the simple examples explained in the video above. The next video below builds on the concepts explained above and showcases how to use the dynamic slide from the Infosemantics project template.