Drag and Drop Activity Walk Through

To get started, create a list of items you want to have the user drag into a location, and also the object(s) you want to have them drag to. In the example below I have created a list of account descriptions which I want the user to drag into the appropriate box to indicate it is either an asset or liability.

To insert the text boxes, click on the text drop-down on the ribbon and select text caption.

Type your description

To create an object, click on the Shapes menu and select the shape you want to create.

Now you have the slide set up, click on Interactions and drag down to drag and drop.The Drag and Drop Interaction Wizard will then open

Step 1

Create your types by clicking on the plus symbol shown below and typing in your new type description.

Holding Ctrl (Windows) or Cmd (Mac), click on all of one category and then select the corresponding type you just created.

Do the same for the next type and then click next.

Step 2

Specify the drop targets by clicking on the objects you created. Here I clicked on both rectangles. After doing so they should have a blue outline.

Click Next

Step 3

The sources or answer options will now have an arrow symbol inside of them. Grab one and drag it to the correct drop target.

After doing so, all source options previously categorized as that type will have an arrow pointing to the target you dragged to.

Match all options with corresponding targets the same way before clicking finish.

You will then see your drag and drop menu appear on the left of your screen as shown below.

Set your actions to how you want to set up your activity. Here I am giving infinite attempts and selected auto submit correct answers. Upon successful completion of the activity, I am it will continue to the next slide.

You can also choose to add undo and reset buttons if you wish to make these options available.

You will also see a text box appear in the center of the screen. There are actually two stacked on top of each other. One for success text and one for failure text. These will display upon either successful or unsuccessful completion of the activity.

To edit these text boxes, drag one above the other and change the type to whatever you want to display.

By clicking on the target objects you will also have the option to change the format of how the answers are positioned once a user drags them into a target object. I like to change the position from the default “Anchor” to absolute so they keep the same position as they are dropped in the targets.

Each target object must be formatted independently so click on one, change the format and then do the same for the other(s).

If you wish to include reporting capabilities and include the score of the activity in a quiz you can do this from the actions tab after click on the target objects.

When you are finished, preview your drag and drop activity from the preview menu at the top.

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Sequence Quiz Question Incomplete Caption

I’m using a sequence quiz question and I’m curious why the incomplete caption isn’t available in the Drag Drop answer type, it’s grayed out. The caption is available in the Drop Down interaction and not grayed out. I’d like for this to appear if the learner just tries to click submit without answering the question but makes me wonder why it’s not even available. Any insight?

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Drag-and-Drop Quiz Questions Scoring Incorrectly in Fluid Boxes


I have a responsive project (Captivate 2019, build 11.0.0243) that includes a series of drag-n-drop quiz questions and I’m finding that the quiz only scores the first question correctly –I’m checking using a Quiz Results slide.

I tested each question separately, and individually they score correctly. However, once I unhide all slides or more than one slide, the quiz only scores the first slide, and does not track the score on all the others.

I’ve tried adding regular quiz slides, and the same thing happens — if the sequence begins with a scored drag-n-drop, all other scores are neither assigned nor reported (I’m using $$cpQuizInfoLastSlidePointScored$$ and $$cpQuizInfoPointsscored$$ on each slide to confirm this).

I have also tested this scenario using slides within the same project that did not contain fluid boxes, and the quiz sequence scores OK; however, for this project, I need to use fluid boxes. Has anyone else encountered this situation, and may have a solution?

Thank you.

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Math Practice

Here is an activity that combines a little bit of Drag and Drop to provide interaction along with some state changes. Oh – cannot forget the background magic that helps to perform the calculations. Not much flair – just the concepts. Helping to spark ideas for everyone.

This is a calculator of sorts that will perform the four basic math operations with the single digits that you place in the circles via drag and drop.

Each of the two drop targets, when accepting a numbered circle, assigns the value of that number to a variable and performs the calculation of the two drop targets.

The operator buttons on the side simply change the states of the banner, operator sign, and answer box and perform all the same calculations. This way – every action pretty much updates the answers in real time rather than having a separate “Calculate Now” type of button.

I know that all of you don’t need to practice your elementary math skills but the question is… how could you take a similar concept and apply it to your own projects?

Feel free to ask any questions that yo may have.


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Training Supplement

Sometimes I like to utilize Captivate to provide supplemental activities that help the learner to think through some scenarios and give them feedback based on their choices. These types of supplemental activities can be done alone or with a group. In many cases, they are meant to provoke questions and to help the learner reflect on their own behaviors.

This is an abbreviated example of a Chat Client training. If you have ever visited a website that offered a live chat option – that is what this is about – training people how best to respond to different  situations that might come up while in a live chat interaction. The idea is to review the responses from each of the employees and pick the one who provided the best response. At the end you would be provided feedback based on the quality of the response you chose. This is a great activity as either an “ice breaker” to segue into discussion with a supervisor or perhaps as a reinforcing follow-up to some face to face training.

This interaction uses a simple form of drag and drop for the avatars and some logic to track responses and give the appropriate feedback at the end.
I did not fill in any questions or responses, or put in any real feedback – you can imagine what might be a good scenario for your own needs. You should be able to see how this would play out.

Responses use simple show and hide commands along with the assignment of a value to flag the avatar currently in the circle. Feedback at the end uses change states for the boxes based on submitted flags on the prior screens. The avatars are also displayed based upon your choices.

Hopefully this sample helps you to think of some of your own ideas. Below is the link for the working sample.


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