17 E-Learning Hacks to Save Time and Boost Productivity

It’s the dog days of summer and we’re all itching to take a break. That’s why we asked E-Learning Heroes community members to share e-learning hacks—tips and tricks that help save time, get more done, and generally make you all look like superstars. And, oh boy, did you deliver!

From tips on editing images to tricks to help you stay organized, there was a little something for everyone. Take a look at some of our faves to see where you can save a few precious minutes in your workday.

Storyline Project Development Shortcuts

These six shortcuts will help you finish your next project faster:

  • Storyboard first, develop second: Follow Sylvia Wright’s lead and start storyboarding right in Storyline.
  • Customize your quick access toolbar: Take a cue from Destery Hildenbrand and add frequently used functions to the Quick Access Toolbar. Be sure to choose “Show Below Ribbon” for easy access.
  • Use those keyboard shortcuts: Go one step further by assigning keyboard shortcuts to launch anything you’ve added to the Quick Access Toolbar. Linda Lorenzetti explains how here.
  • Create your own keyboard shortcuts: Want to create keyboard shortcuts for actions not in your Quick Access Toolbar? Przemysław Hubisz recommends using AutoHotkey to automate repeatable actions.
  • Copy triggers: If you find yourself creating lots of interactions with similar behavior, use this tip from Jack Quantrill to copy a trigger from one object to another.
  • Save project shortcuts in your taskbar: Props to Montse Posner Anderson for this simple yet super-helpful hack: save projects as shortcuts in your taskbar. See how she does it here.

Get Organized with These Tips

Follow these five hacks to reduce clutter, keep files together, and more.

  • Put a design assets folder on your desktop: No one likes searching through a string of subfolders. That’s why Nicole Rye suggests keeping a folder with all of your design assets right on your desktop.
  • Get your files in shipshape order: If you prefer to keep your desktop folder-free, Lisa Smyser shares how she uses the library feature in file explorer to maintain structure.
  • Customize project thumbnails: Seeing is believing, but in this trick from David Anderson, it’s keeping you organized. *See* how to customize your project thumbnails in the mobile player library.
  • Get quick asset access: For Storyline 2 projects, get access to all the source assets used—including audio, images, and documents—by simply renaming the .STORY file extension. Jerson Campos gives a quick tutorial here.
  • Use those master slides: A popular e-learning hack we heard from a bunch of community members revolves around creating a good master slide or two. Phil Mayor and Jackie Van Nice like to keep buttons, animations, font samples, and more on their master slides. Tracy Parish notes that this is a great way to see how changes to your color scheme effect design elements in your project.

Get All the Assets You Need, Quickly and Easily

Sourcing and styling design assets will be a lot easier with these tips.

  • Get free icons, fast: James Bedwell recommends heading over to Freepik and Flaticon to source free graphics that can be downloaded in formats such as PNG, PSD, web fonts, and more.
  • Take high-quality screenshots: When taking screenshots, Conor Tyrrell suggests zooming in on the area you need to capture to reduce pixelation and avoid blurry images.
  • Sharpen screenshots: If that doesn’t work, Rebecca Hay uses PowerPoint to sharpen text-heavy screenshots and improve readability.
  • Use PowerPoint to edit images: In fact, many community members turn to PowerPoint to quickly and easily edit images without complex software. Tim Hillier shares why he likes it.
  • Go from prototype to first draft, fast: Making a quick prototype? Save time with Veronica Budnikas’s tip to skip a step and instead simply copy and paste graphics right from PowerPoint to Storyline.
  • Update images without losing triggers: Once your prototype is approved, take Jeffrey Riley’s advice and use Storyline’s Change Picture functionality to swap images without losing any added triggers.

These awesome e-learning hacks are just a sample of all the great tips and tricks from community members. Check them all out here and add some of your own!