Text entry boxes are text fields into which users can enter text. Text entry boxes are a great way to test users’ knowledge. After the user answers a question, Adobe Captivate matches the answer with the answers that you have set when creating the text entry box. You can even provide a hint to the user if you want to.

Add a text entry box

  1. Open the slide to which you want to add a text entry box.

  2. Select Insert > Standard Objects > Text Entry Box. The text entry box appears on the slide.

  3. Size and drag the text entry box as desired.

  4. Double-click the Success, Failure, or Hint captions to edit the text.

  5. To change the properties of the text entry box, click the box and change the properties in the Property inspector.

Properties of text entry boxes

To view the properties of a text entry box, select it on the slide. The Property inspector displays the properties of the text entry box.

When you change the properties, the changes are instantly applied to the selected instance of the text entry box. Click the Apply to all icon to apply the changes to all the click boxes in the project or to those that use the same object style.

Text Entry Box

Name

Enter a unique name for the text entry box. You can use this name when defining the visibility conditions for the box.

Visible

Clear this option if you want the text entry box to be invisible when the project is played. The object can be made visible when a specific event occurs such as the entry to a slide or exit from a slide. For more information, see Controlling the visibility of objects.

Style

Select a style for the text entry box. To define a new style, select Edit > Object Style Manager. For more information on object styles, see Object style.

General

Default Text

Displays the default text that appears in the text entry box. The user can overwrite the displayed text to type the answer. For example, you can set a default text for the text entry box saying, “Enter the answer here.”

Retain Text

Allows users to view their previously entered answer if they return to this slide using the Back button.

Show Text Box Frame

Enables or disables the visibility of the text entry box frame. If you do not select this option, only the Default Text is displayed to the user.

Password Field

Displays asterisks in the text entry box to indicate that the box is a password field.

Validate User Input

Validates the input provided by the users. The box behaves like a form field and accepts any user input.

Success Caption

The caption displayed when the user provides the correct answer.

Failure Caption

The caption displayed when the user provides an incorrect answer.

More Options

Lets you specify the following options (available in the update for subscription and Adobe Software Assurance customers only):

Maximum Length

Number of characters that you want to limit the input to.

Auto Submit

This option is enabled if you have specified a limit on the number of characters. When you enable this option, the users' input is automatically submitted when the limit is reached without them having to click Submit.

Numbers

Click if you want only numbers to be entered by users.

Uppercase

Click if you want only uppercase characters to be entered into the text entry box. All characters that are typed into the box are automatically converted to uppercase even if users type them in lowercase.

Lowercase

Click if you want only lowercase characters to be entered into the text entry box. All characters that are typed into the box are automatically converted to lowercase even if users type them in uppercase.

None

Click to remove any restriction that you have set (numbers, uppercase, or lowercase).

Var Associated

Indicates the name of the variable that stores the value entered in the text entry box by users. To specify a different variable name, click the ‘X’ icon, type the name of the variable, and click Ok.

On Focus Lost

Select the action that should be performed when the user presses Enter or Tab.

Character

Family

Displays the font family associated with the text entered in the text entry box.

Style

Displays the style for the characters entered in the text entry box.

Size

Displays the size of the characters entered in the text entry box.

Format

Displays the format (bold or italic) for the text entered in the text entry box.

Color

Displays the color of the characters entered in the text entry box.

Note:

When you change the properties in this section, the object style in the General section is prefixed with a ‘+’ sign. This indicates that the style is now in a overridden state. For more information on object styles, see Object style.

Action

On Success

Specifies the event that occurs when a user clicks the box. For the description of the available options, see Project navigation using interactive objects.

Attempts [#]

Specifies the number of times the user can attempt the question before the specified action takes place. By default, the number of attempts allowed is infinite. To specify a number, clear the Infinite check box and then click the numeral associated with the Attempts option.

Infinite

Allows users an unlimited number of attempts.

Last Attempt

Specifies the event that should take place after the last attempt. For the description of the available options, see Project navigation using interactive objects.

  • If you select Open URL Or File or Open Another Project, click the inverted arrow icon next to the URL or the Project field to select the window in which the URL, file, or project appears. Select from Current, New, Parent, and Top. If you choose New, Parent, or Top, you also have the option to continue playing the original project when the URL, file, or project opens.

  • If you select Send E-mail To, you have the option to continue playing the project while the e-mail message is prepared and sent.

Shortcut

You can specify a keyboard shortcut for the mouse-click. Users can use the keyboard shortcut instead of the mouse. For example, suppose you select Control+Shift+Enter as the keyboard shortcut for the mouse-click. The click is treated as correct (a click within the box) when users press this combination. If they press the wrong combination, it is treated as a click outside the box.

Note: If your Adobe Captivate project is displayed in a browser, set keyboard shortcuts that do not conflict with common browser shortcuts. For example, F1 is frequently used as a keyboard shortcut to display Help. The Control, Alt, and Shift keys map to the Control, Option, and Shift keys on Macintosh® computers, respectively.

Options

Success

select this check box to include a caption to be displayed when the user clicks inside the click box.

Failure

select this check box to include a caption to be displayed when the user clicks outside the click box.

Hint

select this check box to specify a hint to be displayed to users. The hint is displayed when the user moves the mouse over the click box.

Pause For Success/Failure Captions

select this check box to pauses the project until all success and failure captions are displayed.

Show Button

Adds a Submit button to the text entry box by default. Click the button to change its properties such as the label for the button and the formatting of the characters in the label.

Show Scrollbar

Displays a scroll bar when the user exceeds the space available in the text entry box.

Shadow & Reflection

Shadow

Select the check box to apply shadow to the text entry box.

Direction

Select the direction: inner or outer. The preview of the selected direction is displayed on stage.

Presets

click one of the images in Presets to apply a shadow with standard angle, distance, blur, and color settings. You can customize these settings using the appropriate options in the Shadow accordion.

Color

click to select a color for the shadow. Specify the alpha for the color, in percentage, in the adjacent field.

Blur

Specify a value, in pixels, for the blur of the shadow.

Angle

Specify the angle for the shadow.

Distance

specify the distance, in pixels, at which the shadow must be displayed.

Reflection

Select the check box to add reflection to the text caption. Choose one of the presets.

Timing

Display For

Specifies how long the text entry box is displayed on the slide.

Appear After

Specifies the delay between the first appearance of the slide and the first appearance of the text entry box.

Pause After

Specifies the point at which the project pauses so that the user can enter text in the text entry box. The project continues only after the user submits the correct answer.

Transition

Effect

Displays the transition effect for the text entry box. You can apply a fade in or fade out effect and set the time for the fading effects.

Fill And Stroke

Fill

indicates the background color of the text entry box. To change the color, click the Fill box and click a color in the color palette.

Reporting tab

If you want to keep score for the text entry box or coordinate the score with a learning management system, use the Reporting tab.

Include In Quiz

Considers the text entry box as a question in the current quiz. The points assigned to this box are added to the score results of the current quiz.

Points

The score that you want to assign to the question. The maximum is 100 points, the minimum is 0. The points assigned to this text entry box are added to the score results of the current quiz.

Add To Total

Includes the points for the correct click in the total score.

Report Answers

Sends the quiz score to the learning management system (LMS).

Interaction ID

Sends tracking information to your learning management system. Use the interaction ID specified by your learning management system.

Audio tab

Fade In [#] Seconds

Specifies the number of seconds until the audio fades in to full volume.

Fade Out [#] Seconds

Specifies the number of seconds until the audio fade outs to silence.

Add Audio

Allows you to associate an audio with the click box.

Transform

Use this section to define the exact size or location of the text entry box in terms of pixels. You can also specify the rotation of a text entry box in this section.

X

Position of the text entry box on the X-axis

Y

Position of the text entry box on the Y-axis.

W

Width of the text entry box.

H

Height of the text entry box.

Constrain Proportions

Maintains the height-to-width ratio of the text entry box when you resize it.

Angle

Angle of rotation of the text entry box.

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