(Last Updated: October 19, 2018)

Mouse clicks are interaction objects placed at areas in a slide where users must click to trigger the next action. They are often used in software simulations to teach the use of applications. For example, place a mouse click object on buttons or menus where users must click to perform a certain task in the application. When you record software simulations, ActivePresenter inserts mouse clicks automatically wherever and whenever you make a click.

Mouse clicks use click events to trigger actions, just like buttons, but they are designed to assess user knowledge of the target application. Mouse clicks validate mouse actions as correct and incorrect and can give users points for correct actions.

Inserting Mouse Clicks

To insert a mouse click, click the Interactions tab > Mouse Click. Alternatively, click the Home tab > Interactions  > Mouse Click.

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By default, a mouse click consists of three separate elements: (1) a target area, (2) a Correct message, and (3) an Incorrect message.

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When the interactive presentation is played, the mouse click displays only the target area and waits for users to click anywhere on the slide. If the user action is correct, the Correct message appears, otherwise the Incorrect message appears. You can prompt users to click on a specific area by inserting a shape with some guidance.

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You can make the target area invisible so that users cannot see the correct click area. Do either of the following:

  • Set the line of the target area to No Line (Properties pane > Style & Effects > Line).
  • The more flexible and useful way is to use the Show In Mode property of objects. You can show the click area in some modes (for example, Demonstration and Tutorial) but hide it in other modes (for example, Practice and Test).

Setting Correct Values

Mouse click objects accept three types of mouse clicks with or without modifier keys (SHIFT, CTRL, and ALT):

  • Left-click
  • Right-click
  • Left double-click

To define a correct action, do the following:

Step 1: Select the target area element.

Step 2: Click the Properties pane > Interactivity > General > List of Correct Values > Add Value (4).

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Step 3: Place the cursor over the Correct Value box and click the mouse button with or without the modifier keys to define a value.

If you don’t want a value anymore, click the Remove button (5) next to that value to remove it.

Besides, it’s great to let users know there is a clickable area on screen. For this reason, change the cursor for the target area to a hand cursor (6). That way, the mouse pointer will turn to a hand cursor when it’s over the correct area in the output.

Setting Score and Reporting

To set score and reporting for mouse clicks, see Question Score & Reporting.

Make the Mouse Click Work

To set up events and actions for the mouse click, access the Events – Actions section in the Properties pane.

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By default, mouse clicks have four events, namely On Click, On Correct, On Incorrect, and On Timeout. You can add two other events, namely On Rollover and On Rollout. These events are helpful when you want to create the hover effect for the mouse click.

For more details, see Working with Events – Actions.

Adding and Removing Feedback Messages

Besides the Correct and Incorrect messages, you can optionally add the Timeout and Hint ones. Select the target area and click the Interactions tab > Message > choose the message you want. Of course, you can remove any unnecessary messages.

For more details, see Working with Feedback Messages.

That’s all about mouse click objects in ActivePresenter. Feel free to contact us if you need any help.