Interactive Mysteries in PowerPoint. These slides will introduce you to the tools you need to use in PowerPoint or any similar software (eg OpenOffice Presenter) in order to create a simple, branching, adventure-style narrative. NOTE: As I wasn't sure what version of
These slides will introduce you to the tools you
need to use in PowerPoint or any similar software
(eg OpenOffice Presenter) in order to create a simple,
branching, adventure-style narrative.
NOTE: As I wasn't sure what version of
software you would be using, I've done this
in PowerPoint2000 – essentially the same as
2003/XP – but some of the dialog boxes have
a slightly different appearance.
Storyboard your ideas out.
Write location descriptions out on index cards.
Lay your cards out on a larger board/card.
Stick them down with blue tack.
Draw lines on the board to show how
your locations are linked.
I prefer not to start with a totally blank template.
A title allows me to easily select the slide I want later.
Bullet points show up in your outline and can be
revealed in turn for effect.
An introductory slide
sets the scene, and
can then link to a slide
that is part of the
You can copy/paste
these buttons once you
have made them
I usually choose the custom
button, as I can then add
some suitable text to it.
The action you
choose (can be
changed via action
settings later) is
to hyperlink to
You may need
to scroll down
to find it
Now you can see why giving each slide a
different title is a good idea. Or add a unique
graphic that you can clearly see in the preview...
A right click on a button brings up its own menu.
Very easy to add text or change its settings from here
You don't want to have someone accidentally click on a different
part of the screen and progress to another slide.
So, from the Slideshow menu, choose the set-up option
that allows you to present your slides as a kiosk application.
HINT: Make sure your pages are all interlinked – otherwise
a user may meet a dead end...