In a previous post about using Story View in Articulate Storyline, we looked at how the big picture perspective can help you organize and arrange your Storyline slides. But there are even more advantages to working in Story View. Today I’d like to show you how Story View is a great time-saver when you need to make similar slide-level design changes to multiple slides.

Here are examples of design changes that you can make directly from Storyline’s Story View:

1. Change Slide Layout

With one or more slides selected, click the Layout option on the Home tab and choose from the slide layouts available. Or you can also right-click any selected slide(s) and choose Layout to assign a different master layout.

Want to know more about working with slide layouts? Check out this tutorial.

2. Reset Slide Layout

You can also choose Reset Slide if you've modified some of the layout elements on the slide and want to revert back to the master layout's original properties. Just right-click the slide(s) and choose Reset Slide.

3. Change slide background

You can quickly change slide backgrounds from Story View by right-clicking the slide(s) and choosing Format Background.

You can learn more about working with slide backgrounds in this tutorial here.

4. Switch design themes

Working with design themes from Story View can be especially helpful when you have projects with multiple slide masters. By using the Design tab in Story View to change the background, colors, and fonts, you can easily see which slides have changed and how. This makes it much easier to visually confirm your updates across the entire project.

Here’s a tutorial if you’d like to learn more about using Articulate Storyline’s design themes.

5. Apply slide transitions

Click the Animations tab to choose a transition for the selected slide(s).

You can learn more about slide transitions here.

6. Change slide properties

You can even use the Slide Properties panel from Story View to quickly and easily change things for multiple slides simultaneously, such as the slide-advance behavior, the player controls available, and more. Additionally, the high-level perspective provides helpful context for working with complicated branching courses and other non-linear projects that can get confusing in Slide View.

You can go here to learn more about working with slide properties.

So, next time you feel like you’re a bit too far down in the weeds of your e-learning course, jump on over to Story View and see what you’ve been missing.

post written by Mike Taylor

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