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As you’re creating engaging e-learning projects in Storyline 360, you might find you need to use a combination of triggers to create the exact interactions you envisioned. In general, the more complex the interaction, the more triggers you’ll need to create it. 

But increasing the number of triggers you’re using doesn’t mean you have to also increase your stress levels. That’s because the Triggers panel in Storyline 360 makes it easy to manage them all and troubleshoot anything that isn’t working as you’d expected.

Let’s walk through some of the most helpful features of the trigger panel to make sure you’re getting the most out of it.

1. What Can You Do in the Triggers Panel?

The Triggers panel is your one-stop-shop for viewing, creating, and editing the triggers on a slide or layer. You can find it on the top right-hand side of the Storyline window.

The top of the Storyline 360 Triggers panel. It includes several buttons that allow users to create and adjust triggers.


The buttons at the top of the Triggers panel make creating and adjusting your triggers incredibly easy. Here’s more about what each of them can help you do.

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New Trigger button

Create a new trigger. This is one of the two places you can create a new trigger. The other way is to click Trigger in the Insert tab

Edit Trigger button

Edit the selected trigger. This opens the Trigger Wizard window. But you can also easily edit your triggers directly in the Triggers panel too. Just click the segment of each trigger description you want to change, and then choose a new option from the drop-down list or value field.

These segments are also color coded, which makes it easier to scan them quickly and see what’s going on with your interactions. Download this cheat sheet to discover what each color means.

Copy Trigger button

Copy the selected trigger. This one is pretty self-explanatory.

Paste Trigger button

Paste the copied trigger to the selected object. Just make sure you select an object first!

Delete Trigger button

Delete the selected trigger. Again, I think you get the idea.

Reorder Trigger arrows

Reorder triggers. You’ll sometimes need to adjust the order of your triggers because trigger order does matter in some cases—more on that later.

Group Triggers checkbox

Group triggers: When you have multiple triggers associated with the same action, you can group them together. This not only saves space in the Triggers Panel, but it also allows you to quickly make edits to the entire group at all at once.

Manage Project Variables button

Manage project variables. This opens a separate Variables window. Variables allow your course to remember information, and using them with triggers is another easy way to add interactivity to your course.


Below those buttons, you’ll find all the triggers on your slide or layer organized into five categories: Object triggers, Slide triggers, Key press triggers, Player triggers, and Variable triggers. To keep things tidy, you can collapse and expand that list by trigger category or groups of triggers.

2. Does Trigger Order Matter?

There are a number of circumstances where it does. That’s because triggers on the same object activate one at a time. That’s why it’s important to check that the order of the triggers in the Triggers panel reflects the order you want things to happen in.

That check isn’t hard to do at all. Just remember: 

  • You can add triggers not just to your slides and layers, but also your slide masters too! So if there’s a trigger you expect to always use on a particular layout, it’s often easier to add it to the slide master rather than copy and paste it to every slide you’re using it on. Keep in mind, though, that slide master triggers execute before the slide and layer triggers.
  • If there are multiple triggers on the same object that are activated by the same action, they’ll execute sequentially in the order they appear in the Triggers panel.

If you have multiple triggers on the same object, their order is easy. Just drag and drop them in the list or use the Up and Down arrows at the top of the Triggers panel.

Pro tip: if you’re troubleshooting a slide with several triggers and something isn’t working quite right, take a closer look at your trigger order. That’s often the culprit!

3. Is There A Way to Temporarily Turn Off a Trigger?

When an interaction isn’t working as expected, sometimes eliminating individual triggers one-by-one can help narrow down the culprit. But you don’t need to delete each trigger to troubleshoot your work. Instead, hover over the trigger you want to disable and click the Disable Trigger icon that appears (it looks like a lightning bolt). Click the icon again to re-enable your trigger.

4. What's That Unassigned Triggers Section All About?

When you’re in the middle of reworking a slide or layer, you might not realize that a change you made ended up breaking a connected trigger. Luckily, Storyline 360 has a safety net of sorts for when this happens: the Unassigned Triggers category. If a trigger loses the information about what should happen or when it should take place, it’ll move itself to this section and turn red so you know to fix it.

The Unassigned Triggers section in the Trigger Panel. One trigger is in the section and the action portion of it is highlighted in red and reads "unassigned".


With the help of the Triggers panel, keeping track of all your triggers is super easy— no matter how complex the interaction. Interested in learning even more about how triggers and variables can help you create any e-learning experience you can imagine? Check out these articles:

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