How to Edit an Adobe Captivate Widget

Adobe Captivate (v. 7 or later) has these things called “Widgets”, they are similar to learning interactions created using Articulate Engage.Widgets can contain images, audio, video, and other media. I’m currently working on a gig where I’m editing existing course files. Some of the courses were developed in Captivate and have widgets on some slides. I’m working with a team of other instructional designers who spent some time scratching their heads trying to figure out how to swap out the audio and images within a widget. Luckily, this is one thing I do know how to do.


If you are working on a course that has existing widgets follow these steps to edit the content within the widget:

  1. Double-click on the widget on the slide itself and not the timeline.  This opens the Widget Properties“window.
  2. Double-click on the widget element you want to edit.  For example, if it’s a tabbed interaction, click the tab you want to edit to display the information in the tab, then double-click on the text or image that is within that specific tab. A pop-up editor will appear.
  3. Copy and paster or type in the new text. The existing text will be highlighted in blue.
  4. To edit the audio or image, a small icon menu appears on the left.  You will first remove the existing audio or image by clicking either the audio or image icon (a minus (-) will appear over the icon).edit-icons
  5. Once the media is removed a plus (+) icon appear over the audio or image icon, click the icon and search for the new media to be added.
  6. Once you have completed your edits, click OK to save the changes.

Captivate can be a quirky, if the changes you just made don’t save properly you may want to complete steps 1 – 4, then save changes by clicking OK. Then reopen the Widget Properties window complete steps 1 – 6 (skipping step 4).



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