Table of contents (TOC)



You can generate a table of contents (TOC) automatically for your Adobe Captivate project. The hierarchy of slides in the project is preserved in the TOC. Grouped slides are displayed as subentries under the group name. The name of the slides and the group are automatically added as in the project.

If you have applied a design template or added a skin to your project, the TOC is displayed with the selected skin.

You can specify the position of the TOC with respect to the main slide during editing. At run time, clicking the various headings in the TOC displays the corresponding slides in the main panel.

You can configure the appearance of the TOC using the various available options. You can then save the TOC as a theme along with the other skin items like playback controls and borders.

The TOC entry corresponding to the slide displayed is highlighted in the TOC panel as the movie runs through the slides.

A check mark in the Status panel indicates the slides that the user has completed viewing. You can choose to configure the project for self-paced learners so that they can start viewing slides from where they left off earlier.

Create a table of contents (TOC)

  1. Select Project > Table Of Contents.

  2. Select Show TOC if you want to generate the TOC and display it in the project. The slide groups and slides are displayed in the same order as they appear in your project, along with their titles.

Organize a table of contents (TOC)

Grouped slides are classified according to their hierarchy in the project. The slides of a group appear under the group name in the TOC in the same order.

You can change the hierarchy and classification of the slides in the TOC. The reorganization affects only the TOC and not the order of the slides in the project. You can also choose to hide certain slide entries in the TOC. These entries are not displayed in the TOC when the project is played.

Depending on your preferences, you can reorganize the TOC using one or more of the following procedures:
  • To move a slide to the next sublevel in the hierarchy, click Move TOC Entry Right .

  • To move a slide to a previous level in the hierarchy, click Move TOC Entry Left .

  • To move the slide entries up and down, click Move TOC Entry Up  or Move TOC Entry Down .

    Note: You can also move the TOC entries by dragging them to another location.
  • To create a group within the TOC, click Create Folder . Rename the topic in the TOC, and organize slides under it. You can create up to five sublevels in the TOC menu.

    Note: Grouping slides in the TOC does not group them in the project.
  • To remove a TOC entry, select the entry in the TOC, and click Delete TOC Entry .

    Note: Hiding a TOC entry does not delete the slide from the project.
  • To hide the TOC entry for a slide when the project is played, deselect the option for that slide under the eye icon. The slide is not removed from the project.

  • To discard your changes to the TOC, and display the default entries, click Reset TOC.

    When you reorganize a project after creating the TOC, the changes are not automatically reflected. Reset the TOC to view the changes. Any new slide added after creating the TOC is displayed as a hidden entry after you reset the TOC. Enable the TOC entry by selecting the check box under the eye icon.

Note: If you do not want to preview changes to the skin when you change an option in the Settings panel, deselect the Autopreview option.

Customize the table of contents (TOC)

You can customize the following for the TOC:
  • Appearance of the TOC.

  • Position of the table of contents with relation to the main panel playing the movie. You can also choose to overlay the TOC on the main panel playing the movie or display the TOC as a separate panel during run time.

  • Display the project information such as the details of the company or the person creating the project in the TOC panel.

  • Display the status of the slides for users during run time. When the Status option is turned on, a check mark appears next to slides that the users have completed viewing.

  • Allow users to start viewing the project from the slide at which they left off previously when they run the project again.

Customize TOC appearance

  1. Select Project > Table Of Contents.

  2. Click Settings in the TOC panel.

  3. Set the options in the color section for the following:
    Background
    Background color of the TOC panel.

    Default
    Background color of the TOC menu.

    Active
    Background color of the active TOC entry during run time. During run time, the TOC entry corresponding to the slide displayed is highlighted in the TOC panel. This entry is called the active TOC entry.

    Rollover
    Background color of the TOC entry when the user moves the pointer over the entry at run time.

    Heading
    Background color of the header and footer.

    Outline
    Border color of the TOC menu.

    Transparency
    Transparency of the background of the TOC menu.

  4. Set the options in the Font section to define the font style for various heading levels in the project. Select a level in the Level menu, and set the font properties for the text.

Use the Transparency option to create visually striking TOC panels. You can define an optimum level of transparency for the background color of the TOC panel and menu.

Define a position and layout for the TOC panel

  1. Select Project > Skin Editor.

  2. Click Settings in the TOC panel.

  3. In the options under Position, do one of the following:

    • Select Left to position the TOC panel to the left of the main movie panel.

    • Select Right to position the TOC panel to the right of the main movie panel.

  4. In the options under Style, do one of the following:

    • Select Overlay to overlay the TOC panel on the main movie panel. Ensure that the contents of the movie are not hidden when you choose this option. You can use background transparency to achieve optimum results for slides with overlay.

    • Select Separate to display the TOC panel separately from the main movie panel.

Display project information in the TOC panel

When the Status option is selected, a check mark appears next to slides that you have completed viewing.
  1. Select Project > Table of Contents.

  2. Click Info in the TOC panel.

  3. Enter the details of the author or company in the respective fields.

  4. Click Project Info to use the information that you set in the Project Info menu of the Preferences dialog box. The information from the Preferences dialog box is added to the corresponding fields.

  5. Click Clear Info to clear information that you have entered in the different fields.

  6. Select Auto Preview to have the Preview panel reflect a change as soon as you complete that change in a dialog box.

  7. Click Browse (…) to select an image to display on the panel. This image could be the logo of the company publishing the project, or a snapshot a prominent slide in the project.

  8. Click Advanced to specify the font style for the project information.

Display the duration and status of the slides during run time

When the Status option is selected, a check mark appears next to slides that you have completed viewing.
  1. Select Project > Table Of Contents.

  2. Click Settings in the TOC panel.

  3. In Runtime Options, select Show Duration to display the duration of the slides when the movie plays.

  4. Select Status Flag to flag slides that have been viewed with a check mark.

  5. Select Clear Button to display the Clear Button to the user during run time. Clicking the Clear button removes all the status flags from the movie.

Enable search in the TOC

Adobe Captivate searches for content both within the slides and their labels. Question slides are searched only if you enable the option in the settings panel.
  1. Select Project > Table Of Contents.

  2. Click Settings in the TOC panel.

  3. Select Show Search to provide users with a search field in the TOC.

  4. Select Search Quiz to allow users to search content in question slides.

Enable or disable navigation

When you disable navigation, users can’t navigate on their own using the TOC.
  1. Select Project > Table Of Contents.

  2. Click Settings in the TOC panel.

  3. Use the Enable Navigation toggle.

Enable or disable preview

The Preview panel displays the appearance of the TOC every time you make edits in the Settings dialog box or the TOC Information dialog box. Previewing helps you explore various options before you arrive at one that best suits your requirements. If you have already decided on the settings for the TOC, you can disable this option in the corresponding dialog box.
  1. Select Project > Table Of Contents.

  2. Click Settings in the TOC panel.

  3. In the Skin TOC Settings dialog box, uncheck Auto Preview.

Allow users to resume sessions

In a self-paced learning scenario, you can set an option to allow users to resume viewing a project from where they left off earlier. The status flag is not reset after the project is closed. When the user plays the movie again, the project resumes playing from the first slide that is not flagged.
  1. Select Project > Table Of Contents.

  2. Click Settings in the TOC panel.

  3. Select Self Paced Learning.

Save the TOC settings as a part of the theme

Changes to the TOC settings, along with other skin settings such as playback controls, borders, and info, can be saved as a theme. Themes, like templates, can be applied to an entire project.
  1. After you change the TOC panel and other options in the Skin dialog box, click Save As.

  2. Enter a unique name for the theme.