Here's how to keep Storyline 3 up to date, take advantage of auto-recovery features, set your spelling and autocorrect preferences, and change the interface language.

Opening the Storyline Options Window

Go to the File tab on the Storyline ribbon and click Storyline Options. The following window will appear where you can adjust the options described below.
Storyline Options window.

Setting General Options

Use the top section of the window to set general Storyline options:

Check for updates at startup

If you mark this box and are connected to the internet, Storyline will automatically check to see if updates are available each time you launch the app.

Save AutoRecovery information every ___ minutes

Mark this box to recover your work if you experience a power outage or the app shuts down unexpectedly.

Storyline will automatically save a copy of your project at the specified interval (after you’ve saved it at least once). The default interval is every 10 minutes, but you can enter any whole number between 1 and 120.

If Storyline closes unexpectedly, you’ll be prompted to recover your project, the next time you open it, from the last copy Storyline stored in memory.

Disable hardware graphics acceleration

Hardware graphics acceleration is enabled by default to give authors a better experience when previewing courses. If you’d prefer to turn off hardware graphics acceleration, check this box.

Reset "Don't show again” prompts

For some actions, such as deleting audio, Storyline displays a confirmation prompt with an option to "Don't show again" or "Don't ask again."

If you select these options, Storyline will no longer display the confirmation prompt when you perform the same action later.

To turn all the confirmation prompts back on, click Reset "Don't show again” prompts.

Setting Spelling Options

Click Spelling Options to set your preferences for the spell checker and dictionary. Keep in mind that the preferences you set here will also impact other Articulate products that are installed on the same computer.

Hide spelling errors

This hides the wavy red lines that normally appear under misspelled words. (When you run a spell check, the misspelled words will still be caught.)

If you choose to make the wavy red lines visible, you can right-click any misspelled word for a list of suggested spellings.

Ignore words in UPPERCASE

Words with all capital letters won't get spell checked.

Ignore words with numbers

Words that contain numbers won't get spell checked.

Ignore Internet and file addresses

Website URLs, email addresses, and file paths won't get spell checked.

Ignore capitalized words

Words with initial capital letters won't get spell checked.

Ignore words with mixed case

Words that contain both uppercase and lowercase letters won't get spell checked.

Ignore HTML markups

Words with HTML tags won't get spell checked.

Allow accented words

Words with accented letters won't get spell checked.

Report doubled words

Instances of the same word appearing one after the other will get flagged during spell check.

Suggest split words

If a misspelled word appears to be two separate words, Storyline will suggest splitting them apart.

Phonetic suggestions

If a misspelled word resembles the phonetic spelling of an actual word, Storyline will provide suggested corrections.

Typographical suggestions

During spell check, Storyline will provide suggested corrections that are typographically similar to the misspelled word.

For example, if you type "potatoe" the words "potatoes" and "potato" will be suggested.

Case sensitive

This enables Storyline to distinguish words based on the case patterns of their letters.

Auto correct

This enables Storyline to dynamically correct misspellings as you type.

If you mark this box, you can also click the corresponding Options button to customize your autocorrect dictionary.

See the section below on Setting AutoCorrect Options for details.


If you change your mind about your choices on this window, you can switch back to the default settings by clicking Restore Defaults at the bottom of the window.

Setting Dictionary Options

Use the dictionary options at the bottom of the Spelling Options window to switch the spell checker to a different language and to manage your custom dictionaries.

  • Use the Main Dictionary Language drop-down to choose the dictionary you want to use for spell checking.
  • Click Custom Dictionaries to add, modify, or remove a custom dictionary. Custom dictionaries supplement your main dictionary with additional words that you don't want Storyline to flag during spell checks, such as names, industry-specific words, technical terms, and alternate spellings.

Managing Custom Dictionaries

When you click Custom Dictionaries on the Spelling Options window (see above), the following window appears.

Modify a dictionary

Select a dictionary from the list and click Modify. A window appears where you can add or remove words for your custom dictionary.

To add a word, type it in the Word field and click Add.

To remove a word, select it and click Delete. Click OK when you're done.

Change the default dictionary

To set a custom dictionary as the default, choose a dictionary from the list and click Change Default.

Create a new dictionary

Click New. Type a name for your new dictionary and click Save.

The new dictionary will appear in your dictionary list, and you can add words to it as needed.

Import a custom dictionary

Import a custom dictionary you receive from someone else.

Click Add, browse to the *.dic file, and click Open.

The dictionary will appear in your dictionary list, and you can modify it as needed.

Remove a dictionary

Select the dictionary you want to remove and click Remove.

This doesn't remove the *.dic file from your hard drive, but it does remove it from your dictionary list in Storyline and other Articulate programs.

Setting AutoCorrect Options

The autocorrect options let you choose which misspellings Storyline will automatically correct. You can access these options either by clicking the Options button on the Spelling Options window or by clicking AutoCorrect Options on the main Storyline Options window.

When the AutoCorrect window appears, you can turn the entire feature on or off by marking/unmarking the Replace text as you type box. When it's enabled, Storyline will replace misspelled words from the left-hand column with the corresponding text from the right-hand column as you type. Here's how to customize it:

To add a word to the list

Type the word you want to add in the Replace field. Type the word you want to replace it with in the With field. Then click Add.

To remove a word from the list

Select the word you want to remove and click Delete.

To change the replacement text

Select a word in the left-hand column, then type the text you want Storyline to replace it with in the With field. Then click Replace.


Click OK when you're done managing your AutoCorrect options.

Changing the Interface Language

You can localize the Storyline interface in English, German, French, Spanish, or Chinese. Just select a Language from the drop-down at the bottom of the Storyline Options window and click OK. You'll be prompted to restart Storyline for the change to take effect.

Changing Your Privacy Preference

You can help improve Storyline 3 by sending usage data to our servers. We analyze feature metrics and error reports from Storyline 3 as well as anonymized device and browser data when learners view published courses (details here). If you'd prefer to opt out of these analytics, uncheck the Privacy box on the Storyline Options window.

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