Adding slides to an Adobe Captivate project

Adobe Captivate offers a wide variety of options for adding slides to a project, including recording, importing, and copying. You can add different types of slides such as blank, image, quiz, or animation.

Record additional slides for a project

There may be cases in which you record an Adobe Captivate project and begin working at the slide level, only to realize that you need to record a few more slides. In this case, you probably don't want to rerecord the entire project but just a few actions. Adobe Captivate allows you to do this by recording new slides and inserting the slides in an existing project. For more information, see Record additional slides for existing projects.

Copy slides from other projects

  1. In an open project, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the slide to copy. To select multiple slides, press Shift or Control on the keyboard, click the slides, and then right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS).

  2. Select Copy.

  3. Open the Adobe Captivate project in which you want to paste the slides.

  4. Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the slide after which you want the new slide or slides to appear. (For example, if you want to paste the copied slide as Slide 6 of your project, click the slide currently labeled Slide 5.)

  5. Select Paste.


You can also copy Advanced Actions and Shared Actions associated with the slides. To do so, copy the objects and slides referenced from within these actions along with the slide to which the actions are assigned.

Enable rescaling of slides during import

Adobe Captivate can automatically resize the content of imported slides according to the dimensions of the project to which the slide is being imported.

  1. Select Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Captivate > Preferences (Mac OS).

  2. Select General Settings from the Global menu.

  3. Select Rescale Imported/Pasted slide.

Duplicate slides

Duplicating slides is an easy way to expand your projects. For example, if you carefully design a slide with a certain background color, layout, caption, and highlight box, you can simply duplicate that slide and change some of the elements or text to add more information to your project.


Master Slides are another way of achieving uniform look and feel for multiple slides.

  1. In an open project, do one of the following:

    • Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the slide to copy and select Duplicate.

    • Select a slide and press Control+D.

To select multiple slides, press Shift or Control on the keyboard while clicking the desired slides. To select all slides, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) on a slide and select Select All Slides.

The slide or slides you selected are duplicated and placed in the project. You can edit and work with the new slides just like the original slides.

Insert blank slides

  1. In an open project, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the slide after which you want the new blank slide or slides to appear.

  2. Select Insert > Blank Slide.

The new slide is added to your project. You can edit and work with the new slide just like other slides in the project.

Insert new or stencil slides

‘Stencil’ slides are those that inherit the master slide associated with the slide that you select.

  1. In an open project, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the slide after which you want the new slide to appear.

  2. Select Insert > New Slide.

A new ‘stencil’ slide appears in the Filmstrip. You can edit the slide as required. You can also associate a different master slide using the Property Inspector (General > Master Slide list).

Insert images as slides

Image slides are slides that have an image inserted into their background.

  1. Open an Adobe Captivate project.

  2. Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the slide after which you want the new image slide or slides to appear.

  3. Select Insert > Slide > Image Slide.

  4. Browse to and select the image that you want to import in the Open dialog box.

  5. If the image that you are trying to import is larger in dimensions than that of your slide, the Resize/Crop Image dialog box appears. Do one of the following:

    Fit To Stage

    Resizes the image to fit the dimensions of the slide.


    Displays a bounding box with dimensions corresponding to that of the project. Resize the handles of the box to select the area that you want displayed on the slide. If you selected Constrain Proportions, Adobe Captivate maintains the height-to-width ratio of the bounding box.


    You can zoom in and zoom out of the image by moving the slider. Alternatively, you can choose from a list of standard zoom sizes from the menu.

    Constrain Proportions

    Maintains the height-to-width ratio of the bounding box used to crop the image. This option is enabled only when you choose to crop the image. When you disable this option, resize the bounding box, and enable the option again; the new dimensions are used thereafter to calculate the ratio.

    In addition to the above options, you can also set tone controls (brightness, sharpness, and contrast) and adjust color ranges (alpha, hue, and saturation). You can also flip or rotate the image.

Insert slides from a PowerPoint presentation

You can add PowerPoint slides to the end of a project or within a project.

  1. In an open project, select Insert > Slide > PowerPoint slide.

  2. Select a PowerPoint presentation and click Open.

  3. Select Import Slides and Insert After The Selected Slide Below to add new slides after the slide you select from the list and click OK.

  4. In the Convert PowerPoint Presentations dialog box, do the following:

    • Clear the Include check box of a slide to exclude from importing.

    • Clear the Linked check box to remove the linkage to the source PowerPoint file.

    • Specify how the slides must advance: Automatically or upon the click of mouse.

Insert animation slides

You can insert a SWF, AVI, or animated GIF file as a new slide.


Adding animation as a slide is most appropriate with larger animation files.

  1. In an open project select Insert > Slide > Animation Slide.

  2. Navigate to the animation file you want to insert (SWF, AVI, or animated GIF) and click Open. The animation slide is generated and added to the project.

It is important to set the correct frame rate. All imported animation files play at the rate selected in the project Preferences dialog box, regardless of the rate prior to when the file is imported. The default setting is 30 Flash frames per second and is appropriate in most cases. You may need to change the rate if you are embedding your Adobe Captivate SWF file in another SWF file that has a frame rate different than 30.

When you create an animation slide, the amount of time the slide is displayed in the project automatically defaults to the length of the animation file itself. For example, if the animation file that you use to create a new animation slide is only 1.2 seconds in length, the animation slide appears for 1.2 seconds. To change the duration of the slide, click the slide in the Filmstrip, and in the Property inspector, enter a new number of seconds in Display Time. Or use the Timeline to change the slide display time.

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