(Last Updated On: February 27, 2023)

When you have a long list of content to show in menus, consider using dropdowns. Now, this type of object is offered in the latest version of ActivePresenter. Let’s experience new things that the feature brings to us in ActivePresenter 9. 

A dropdown is helpful in both appearance and interaction. It can conserve screen space, which makes the projects look well-arranged. You can interact with the dropdown conveniently. Initially, it shows a value or item. With a click, it will display all values. Then, you can choose one or more from the list to meet your needs. Depending on your purpose, it can be form-filling, navigation menus, attribute selections, and so on. 

From version 9.0, ActivePresenter allows you to insert and work with dropdowns for more enhanced projects. This tutorial will show you how to:

Before going to the detailed tutorial, don’t hesitate to download, install, and experience the features with a few clicks.

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Insert Dropdowns

There are two ways to insert a dropdown to your project.

  • In the Home tab > Interactions > Dropdown
  • Open the Insert tab > Dropdown
insert dropdown

As soon as you select the feature, the cursor turns into a crosshair. Click anywhere on the Canvas to insert it, or drag the mouse to draw one. 

dropdown on canvas

A default inserted dropdown is a single-select list box that has 2 parts: textbox (1) and drop-down arrow button (2). The container box has the text “–Select–” by default. It is also the hint item. You can add items to the list, make it work, and format it.

Add Item List to Dropdown

To add items to the list, in the Properties pane > Interactivity tab > Dropdown section. 

Here you can see Hint Item (3), Item List (4), and Variable (5). Let’s learn how to work with them.

Dropdown section

Add Item List

To add new items to the list:

Step 1: Click to add a new item to the list.  

Step 2: Type a text or value in the Item column.

Add item

You can add as many items as you want. Then, feel free to edit, delete or rearrange them using commands above the item list.

Set Correct Values 

To set any item as a correct value in the dropdown, in the item list created earlier, you simply tick the corresponding checkbox.

default and correct

If you want to remove any correct value, simply untick its checkbox. 

Change the Hint Item

Hint Item (3) is a suggested item that allows you to click on it to reveal a dropdown list. Its default text is “–Select–”. To change the Hint Item, select a checkbox in the Default column of the Item List.

Alternatively, uncheck the checkbox and type a new text in the Hint Item text box. 

add new hint item

Add Variables to the Dropdown

Variable (5) can be used sometimes when one item refers to a specific object. To add a variable to the dropdown:

Step 1: Click next to the variable list. 

Step 2: Type a name for the variable. For example, “Planets”.

Step 3: Click OK.

New Variable

The type of the variable is TEXT.

To remove the variable that you have created, navigate to the Home tab > Variables > select the variable you want to remove > click .

Set Score and Reporting

After setting the correct values, you can easily set the score and report to evaluate learners. To do that, select the dropdown > Properties pane > Interactivity tab > Score & Reporting section.

Dropdown Score and reporting

This section provides you with many options:

  • Mode (6) offers you 2 choices: Graded and Survey. While the first one measures learners’ performance, the latter collects their feedback or information.
  • Report ID (7) is to track learners’ results.
  • Points (8) sets points for correct answers. If the point is Partial, the Points column appears in the Item List. Double-click the column to edit the point for each answer. Then, set the point by entering a new value or clicking the arrow drop up or down. 
add point to correct item
  • Attempts (9) sets the maximum times that learners can interact with the question.
  • Timeout (10) can limit the time a learner has to respond to a question.
  • Submit (11) offers the way you want learners to submit the answers automatically (select Auto) or manually (select Manual).

Work with Dropdown States

The states of a dropdown show how it looks when it works. To view and work with the states, open the View tab > Object States

In general, it has two states: Normal (Default) and Disabled

dropdown states
  • Normal (Default): This is the neutral state of a dropdown. This is how it looks after being inserted into the slide.
  • Disable: This is the state when the time is out, no more attempts, or cannot response to any user action. 

Add Events – Actions 

To make a dropdown work, you need to add events and actions to it. To do that, navigate to the Properties pane > Interactivity tab > Events – Actions section. A dropdown has six default events: On Change, On Correct, On Incorrect, On Timeout, On Rollover, and On Rollout. Add actions as many as you wish. 

dropdown events and actions
  • On Change: Occur when selecting an item in the list. 
  • On Correct: Occur when selecting the correct values.
  • On Incorrect: Occur when selecting the incorrect values.
  • On Timeout: Occur when users don’t respond within the specified time.
  • On Rollover: Occur when the mouse enters the boundary of the dropdown.
  • On Rollout: Occur when the mouse exits the boundary of the dropdown.

Style Dropdowns

Like many other interaction objects, dropdowns can be styled with ease in the Format tab.

dropdown style

With the tools, you can:

  • Choose a style for the dropdown in the Dropdown Styles gallery. 
  • Change the color of the textbox & arrow background, arrow, and border of the dropdown in Dropdown Tools
  • Choose a style in the Quick Style list or use tools in Style Tools to style the container box of the dropdown. Alternatively, navigate to its Properties pane > Style & Effects tab > Fill/Line/Shadow/Opacity section.

That’s how to work with dropdowns in ActivePresenter 9. More information can be found on our Tutorials page and our YouTube channel. 

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