Add external content to your course using the Resources tab on the player. It's a great way to give learners access to reference materials, job aids, and other helpful information. One common use for this feature is to give learners a printable transcript or downloadable copy of the course slides.

In order for the Resources tab to show in your course, it needs to be enabled in your player. Learn more about choosing player features.

To add resources to your course, go to the Home tab on the ribbon and click Player. When the Player Properties window appears, click Resources on the ribbon.

Click the Resources button on the ribbon.

Entering a Description for the Resources Tab

In the Description field, type the text you want learners to see at the top of your list of resources.

Use the Description field to give learners instructions at the top of the Resources tab.

Adding Resources

  1. Click the Add icon (looks like a blank piece of paper) at the bottom of the window.
  2. When the Add Resource window appears, enter a Title for the resource. This is the text learners will see when they browse your list of resources.
  3. Select either URL or File, depending on the kind of resource you're adding, then do the following:
    • If you're adding a URL, enter the web address in the field provided. Click the Test button to make sure it opens in your browser as you expect.

      When you publish the course, learners will be able to click the resource name to access the web content. (They'll need to be connected to the Internet for it to work.)
    • If you're adding a file, click Browse, select the file you want to attach, and click Save.

      When you publish, Storyline will bundle a copy of the file along with your course content. (It'll be located in the story_content folder of your published output.)

      Learners will need the appropriate software to view attached resources. For example, they'll need Microsoft Word to open Word documents.
  4. Click Save.

Storyline adds the item to your resource list. There will be an icon next to the title to indicate the type of resource it is.

Tip: If you attach documents to your course and later edit the source files, those changes won't automatically carry over to your Storyline project file. You'll need to delete the resources in Storyline, then add them to your project again.


Editing, Rearranging, and Deleting Resources

Use the buttons at the bottom of the window to edit, delete, and rearrange resources.

Use the buttons at the bottom of the window to edit, delete, and rearrange resources in your Articulate Storyline 3 course.

Reusing the Same Resources in Other Projects

When you add resources to a course, they get saved in the project, not in the player. As a result, saving your player and applying it to another Storyline project doesn't carry over your resources to the new project.

If you want to reuse the same resources in another project, we recommend saving the original project as a Storyline template. When you're ready to begin a new project, use the template as your starting point by clicking Import > Import from story template on the Storyline start screen.

If you later add, delete, or change any resources in a Storyline template, those changes won't carry over to existing projects based on that template. You'll need to make the same changes in each project separately.

Showing or Hiding the Resources Tab on a Slide-by-Slide Basis

By default, built-in player tabs, such as the Resources tab, display for all slides in a course, but you can hide them for some slides. See this user guide for details.

Changing the Name of the Resources Tab

Want to change the title of the Resources tab? Just edit the name in your player text labels. If you need help editing text labels, see this user guide.

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