In the past, numbering slides in a randomized Storyline 360 question bank was doable but required quite a bit of manual setup. This is because the process included creating variables and setting up triggers for each and every question slide. That process has gotten a whole lot quicker and easier with the Insert Slide Number feature available in Storyline 360. This feature allows you to pop in the slide number in one click, no triggers or variables needed. Have a look at how it works in this example:

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Let’s have a look at how quick and easy it is to accomplish this. 

Step 1: Create Your Question Slides

The first step is to create the question slide you want to include in your question bank. Be sure to add an area on the slide where you can reference the question number. 

As you can see in the example below, I’ve included text that says “Question /5”. 

The actual slide number will appear before the “/5,” as in slide 1 out of 5 or slide 2 out of 5. Remember: the slide number will be different every time the learner goes through the course, because these slides will be pulled in randomly from a question bank. I need the slide number to be pulled in dynamically, and this is where I’ll use the Insert Slide Number feature. I’ll start by placing my cursor inside the text field where I want the slide number to appear.

Next you’re going to head to the Insert tab on the Storyline ribbon and click on the Slide Number drop-down arrow.

From the drop-down menu, you’ll select the More... option, which will open up the Insert Slide Number window.

In this window, you want to select Project Order, and then Slide Number in Scene from the Insert drop-down, as indicated above. When you’ve inserted the slide number, your slide will look like this: 

Now you can duplicate this question slide and update the question text and answers to create all the question slides you want to include in your question bank. 

Step 2: Create Your Question Bank 

Once you’ve created the question slides, you can create a new question bank and copy the existing question slides into the bank. 

You can also adjust your Attempts and Points for each question slide here in the Question Bank view. 

Step 3: Insert Slide Draw 

The last step is to insert your Slide Draw into your project. The Slide Draw is what will pull questions from the question bank. 

It’s important to note that the Slide Draw should be the first slide in the scene, because the questions in the bank use the Slide Number in Scene option. Once you’ve got it set up, you can preview your project to test out the question bank and see your slide numbering in action.

There you have it! That’s how easy it is to set up automatic slide numbering for random question slides with the awesome Insert Slide Number feature in Storyline 360. Have you used the Insert Slide Number feature in your Storyline 360 projects? If yes, let me know how and why in the comments below!

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Maureen Matsumoto
Peter Brown