Odds are that you already have some content that was created in PowerPoint. Importing those slides into Storyline is super simple. And then once they’re in your project you can work with them the same you would any other slides.

In this tutorial we’ll import a few PowerPoint slides and then we’ll make some edits to the slides. In this case, the starting PowerPoint file has a video and web object from a previous Articulate Studio course.

Watch this video first, then follow the steps below to practice.

Practice Activity

Ok...let’s get started. Here are some assets you can download to follow along and practice.

  • Create a new Storyline project. 
  • Add a New Slide and select the Import tab. Select PowerPoint and locate the practice PowerPoint file. Import the three slides from the practice PowerPoint file.

Review what was imported.

  • You’ll notice that after you import the slides the objects on the screen are editable. Text boxes in PowerPoint slides become text boxes in Storyline. And the same happens to shapes and pictures. That means they're all editable just like they would be if you inserted them on slide without importing from PowerPoint.
  • The slides with video and web object also work as they should. NOTE: web objects won't display until published.
  • If you look at the slide layouts and the option available in the Design tab, you’ll see that the master template design from PowerPoint was added. What was once PowerPoint is now all Storyline.
  • In the Notes tab, you'll see that the slide notes are there. And when you go the slides that had video and a web object, those are also available to you.

As you can see, the import of the PowerPoint content was pretty seamless. Go ahead and edit some of the content:

  • Change the text size and color.
  • Change the shape and color.
  • Move things around.

Tips for Importing PowerPoint Slides

The import process for PowerPoint is simple and straightforward. However they are two different applications and there are some things to consider when importing PowerPoint. Here are a few items based on the practice file:

  • Review the navigation for imported slides to make sure they behave the way you want.
  • PowerPoint is linear so it will import a "Jump to next side" trigger. You'll need to remove that or edit it.

PowerPoint's hyperlinks come in with the objects. But you may want to convert the hyperlink shape to a button. Here's how:

  • Go to the Insert tab and insert a button. Apply a format to it.
  • Go to the Home tab and double-click the format painter.
  • Apply the button format to the PowerPoint shapes with hyperlinks. That's a simple way to convert the PowerPoint shapes that have hyperlinks to buttons.

You can review these tutorials and knowledge base articles for more information on importing PowerPoint slides.

To sum it up, we started with a PowerPoint file that included three slides with video and a web object. After importing we were able to edit the slide contents and quickly convert the hyperlink objects to interactive buttons. 

That’s it for this series on adding content to your slides. Now it’s up to you to get started. Practice by building on what we started here. And you’ll be on your way to becoming a Storyline guru.

In the next tutorial we’ll look at building interactive content in Storyline.