Welcome to our community, Andy
Since the playback controls don't seem to support operating using keystrokes, I'm thinking you might wish to enhance your project by adding Click Boxes to each slide. Configure one Click Box on Slide 1 to simply "Go to next slide" and assign a shortcut key of the Right Arrow. Tuck it out of the way in a corner. Its only purpose will be to allow the user to pres the Right Arrow to advance. Then copy it and paste it across all slides.
Repeat with a second Click Box. But this one would have an action of "Go to previous slide". Assign the Left Arrow to this one.
Hopefully this helps... Rick
Thanks Rick - great idea, that will certainly do the job!
I know this was an old question, but mine is the same, with a twist. I see that you say Captivate doesn't support keyboard control in the playback skin by default. But would it be workable to create a custom Flash skin that does look for and operate with keyboard commands? In particular, it would be great to enable a user to hit the forward arrow button as an option rather than clicking with the mouse. Is this feasible, or would it be a waste of time to develop?
Not being a Flash programmer I cannot say how simple it might be to achieve. I might think that if you are totally familiar with Flash it would be a fairly simple task. Then again, the workaround I proposed is simple too and would take less than two minutes to achieve.
Your call... Rick
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I agree that your solution is simple and it works, but it's a bit messy in that we'd have to add these boxes to all slides. If only click boxes had the "Display for rest of project" option.
I need to learn Flash soon anyway, and I agree that this doesn't sounds like a difficult Flash problem, so I am going to head in that direction.
Yes it seems messy at first. But hopefully you realize you can configure and place only one of the little beasties, then copy it. Select all the remaining slides in the Filmstrip or in Storyboard view, then paste in a single action.
Please don't let that dissuade you in any way from learning Flash. I've got it on my own radar to learn as well. Perhaps my third attempt will finally be the magick one that sticks and finally makes it make sense. I must be thick headed. Then again, during the second Flash class the instructor started off by saying "Flash is probably *THE* most unintuitive application you will ever try to learn."
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You make an excellent point, and I had forgotten about the copy to multiple slides. It's better, but still not as elegant as I'd like.
I'm hopeful to pick up Flash although, like you, I have tried twice in the past and it hasn't sunk in. Maybe this time will be the charm.