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Would you like to add a 1- or 2-level drop-down menu to any image in your Adobe FrameMaker technical document?
It’s easy and this is how:
1) Create a new FrameMaker (FM) document or open an existing one.
2) Either add a new image or select an existing one. For the sake of this tutorial I’ll use a Green Arrow in a new document:
3) If you still don’t have it open, select Graphics > Tools and display your toolbox.
4) Select the TEXT FRAME tool and draw a text frame around the image; just slightly larger for ease of selecting. When the Create New Text Frame dialog box is displayed, click Set and close it:
5) Select and right-click the text frame to display the pop-up menu. Select the Object Properties option to display the Customize Text Frame dialog box.
6) Under Flow, enter a name for the Tag attribute. For example: “Fun”.
7) Click the Set button to close the dialog box. This tags the text frame with a text flow of “Fun”.
8] Go to your Reference Pages by either using the Esc+v+R shortcut or selecting View > Reference Pages from the menu.
9) On any reference page, drag and draw a text frame on any clear spot by using the text frame tool.
10) Select and right-click the text frame to display the pop-up menu. Select the Object Properties option to display the Customize Text Frame dialog box.
11) Under Flow, enter a name for the Tag attribute. For example: “fun”.
12) In the first line of the text frame, write the name of the text flow of the button’s text frame: “fun”. This establishes the link between the button and the drow-down menu.
13) Then on the second and subsequent lines, enter the the name of the options that you’d like to display as links in a drop-down menu. For this example, we’ll use “Web Site 1” and “Web Site 2”:
14) Select Special > Hypertext from the menu to display the Hypertext dialog box:
15) Select the “Web Site 1” text. Click the Command drop-down menu in Hypertext dialog box and select Go To URL option:
16) Enter a web site address after the “URL”; for example, http://www.nfl.com (to go to the National Football League web site). Click the New Hypertext Marker button.
17) Repeat Steps 15 and 16 for the Web Site 2. Now both drop-down menu options will display a hypertext marker:
18) Go back to your Body Pages by either using the Esc+v+B shortcut or selecting View > Body Pages from the menu.
19) Select the text frame. Display the Hypertext dialog box. Select Popup Menu option from the Command drop-down menu:
20) In the Syntax field, enter the name of the reference text flow (“fun“) after “popup”. Click the New Hypertext Marker button to link the image to the drop-down list in the reference pages. (Note: make sure your cursor is placed in the Insertion Point of the text frame.)
21) Click Make View-Only button to test your drop-down menu.
Now when you bring your cursor over the image, the arrow will turn into a finger and when you click, FM will display your drop-down menu.
22) Click the menu option to launch the web site linked to the option: