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Insert web objects in Adobe Captivate Classic projects

  1. Captivate Classic User Guide
  2. Introduction to Captivate
    1. What's New in Adobe Captivate
    2. Adobe Captivate System Requirements
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  3. Captivate Classic Release Notes
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    5. What's New in Adobe Captivate (2019 release) Update 5
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    7. Adobe Captivate Release Notes
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    1. Create different types of projects in Adobe Captivate
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    3. Responsive Project Design with Adobe Captivate
    4. Create Virtual Reality (VR) projects
    5. Work with responsive text in Adobe Captivate
    6. Work with themes in Adobe Captivate
    7. How to apply view specific properties in responsive projects
    8. How to create backup files for Adobe Captivate projects
    9. Asset panel
    10. Create branching and forced navigation in Captivate
    11. Replace image on the stage
  5. Add and Manage Objects
    1. Work with multi-state objects in Adobe Captivate
    2. Object effects
    3. Insert web objects in Adobe Captivate projects
    4. Work with object styles in Adobe Captivate
    5. How to rotate objects in Adobe Captivate
    6. How to manage objects with the Main Options toolbar
    7. How to merge objects in a slide
    8. How to manage objects in the library
    9. How to group objects in Adobe Captivate
    10. Edit object information using the Advanced Interaction panel
    11. How to copy, paste, and duplicate objects in Adobe Captivate
    12. Control the visibility of objects
    13. How to change the display order of objects in Adobe Captivate
    14. Apply shadows to objects
    15. How to align objects in Adobe Captivate
    16. How to add reflection to objects in Adobe Captivate
    17. Import assets into a Captivate project
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    1. Add slides to an Adobe Captivate project
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    3. Delete Adobe Captivate project slides
    4. Change slide order in Adobe Captivate
    5. Set slide properties in Adobe Captivate
    6. Add and convert slide notes to audio files with Adobe Captivate
    7. Set up knowledge check slides in Adobe Captivate
    8. How to add slide transitions in Adobe Captivate
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    10. How to lock Adobe Captivate slides
    11. How to hide or exclude slides in an Adobe Captivate project
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    6. How to customize the Adobe Captivate workspace
    7. How to use the Adobe Captivate Library
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  8. Create Quizzes
    1. Insert question slides in Adobe Captivate projects
    2. Set quiz preferences for Adobe Captivate
    3. How to enable learners to submit all quiz responses simultaneously
    4. How to set up question slides with Adobe Captivate
    5. Using random question slides in Adobe Captivate
    6. How to allow users to return to quiz
    7. Import questions from CSV format files
    8. Import questions from GIFT format files
    9. How to insert pretests in Adobe Captivate
  9. Audio
    1. How to insert audio into an Adobe Captivate project
    2. How to preview audio in Adobe Captivate
    3. How to edit audio files with Adobe Captivate
    4. View audio details in Adobe Captivate
    5. Set audio recording preferences and recording audio
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    1. Add interactive buttons to your Captivate projects
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    4. How to add audio to boxes and buttons
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    1. Create drag-and-drop interactions in Adobe Captivate
    2. Use Adobe Captivate variables in widgets
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    4. How to create static, interactive, and question widgets in Adobe Captivate
    5. How to add widgets to your Adobe Captivate project
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    1. Create and edit smart shapes
    2. Edit and create text captions with Captivate
    3. How to use images and rollover images with Captivate
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    5. How to create zoom areas in Adobe Captivate
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    2. Publish project to Adobe Captivate Prime
    3. Publish projects as HTML5 files with Adobe Captivate
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    7. Using web fonts from Adobe Fonts in Adobe Captivate
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    6. Captivate responsive courses will not auto-play on browsers
    7. Issues with Asset panel in Adobe Captivate (2019 release)
    8. Error 103 while installing Adobe Captivate
    9. Issues when previewing a Captivate project


You can insert native HTML5 web objects into the slides by clicking Objects > Web in the big button bar. Type the URL of the object in the Address field of the Property Inspector, and the web page appears in the object container.

Create web object

From the toolbar, choose Objects > Web as shown below:

Selecting the web objects dialog from the toolbar
Selecting the web objects dialog from the toolbar

Type the URL for web object in Address field. You can also browse for OAM, pdf, svg , and zip files by clicking the folder icon next to the Address field.

Inserting web objects
Inserting web objects

Choose the other options, as described below:

Auto Load

Choose this option if you want to load the object automatically in output. By default, this option remains selected when you create web object. In edit mode, after loading the object, mouse over the object to view the content.

If you are unable to see the content after enabling the option, see this forum thread more for information.

To display the web object in the slide, choose the following options:


Select this option, if you want to view the border for the web object.


Select this option, if you want to view the scroll bar in the web object container.

Loading Animation

Select this option, if you want any animation within the web object to load.

To display the web object in a new browser window, choose the following options:


Select this option, if you want to view the web object with default browser settings.

Full Screen

Select this option, if you want to view the web object in full screen.


Select this option, if you want to view the web object within defined width and height dimensions.

To insert objects like pdf or zip files, it is recommended that you place the pdf, zip, or svg file in a web server, and then use the url to the file.

For example, after placing the objects in the web server, use the URL as follows:

  • pdf: localhost:8012/<filename>.pdf
  • svg : localhost:8012/<filename>.svg

When you preview the slide, you can see that the objects are included in the output.

Embedding pdf and svg objects
Embedding pdf and svg objects

YouTube video does not load

If after inserting the YouTube widget, the video does not play after publishing. In such situations, update the widget.

For more information, see YouTube widget issues in SWF output.

Embed code support

Click the Embed code option, if you would like to embed any web object, such as, a video file or link to a streamed video. You can paste the embed code in the URL area, as shown below:

Embed code support
Embed code support

For example, you can see the embedded video in mobile view when you paste the following embed code:

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_VW-KBt0Sbk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

After publishing or previewing the project, if you see the error message, the object cannot be displayed in a frame, see this forum post for more information.

Embed YouTube video in responsive slide
Embed YouTube video in responsive slide

You can change the height and width of the embedded video by changing the size of web object container. The video maintains its width by following the width of the web object container and maintains its aspect ratio for height.

You can also embed videos without using the iframe tag, although it is recommended using it. You can use the object and the embed tags, as shown below:

<object data=" https://www.youtube.com/embed/_VW-KBt0Sbk " width="560" height="315"></object>
<embed width="420" height="315" src=" https://www.youtube.com/embed/_VW-KBt0Sbk "></embed>

Things to consider when using web objects with Adobe Captivate Classic

In Adobe Captivate Classic, web objects and HTML 5 animations (when layered with other shapes) always appear on top

As a work around this issue in HTML5, perform the following:

  1. In your Captivate Classic installation folder, open the AdobeCaptivate.ini file.
  2. Edit the file to change the value of UseWidget7 to 1 as follows:
  3. Close and relaunch Adobe Captivate Classic. 

You can now position your web objects on top or bottom, and they appear as expected in HTML 5. 


This workaround is applicable for HTML5 publish option and for static pages or animations only.

A s ecured LMS(https) maynot allow you to launch unsecured (http) page embedded in a web object

When referring to a http website (in a web object) in an https secured LMS environment, the LMS does not allow the content to launch an un-secured website.

The content launches fine in the Captivate Classic preview server because it is http based. However it does not work in SCORM cloud or Learning Manager as those LMSs are https based.

Click-jacking websites are not supported in a web object

Click jacking is a threat to security and Captivate Classic does not support redirecting to a different website.


Some websites may not allow you to open it in another page or window. To test whether a site is supported in the Web object, you can have a simple HTML page with an iframe, and see if your URL works. If it works there, it also works  in the web object.

For more information on Click Jacking, see the Wikipedia page on Click Jacking.

Download sample projects

To learn more about Captivate Classic and how you can create engaging learning content, download the following projects:


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