Storyline 3 has powerful features for creating highly interactive content. However, you can also take advantage of existing Engage interactions by importing them into Storyline.

Preparing to Import Interactions

Before importing Engage interactions into Storyline, consider these prerequisites and implications:

  • To import interactions into Storyline, you must have Engage ‘09, Engage '13, or Engage 360 installed and activated with a valid serial number or subscription.
  • When you import an interaction into Storyline, a copy of the original interaction (*.intr) file is stored in your Storyline project file. As a result, you can transfer your project to another computer or another developer and still edit the interaction (as long as Engage is installed and activated).
  • Engage interactions are imported into Storyline as web objects, meaning they'll play as standalone interactions that are simply embedded in your course. We recommend disabling the resume prompt in your interactions. Otherwise, learners will see a resume prompt when they revisit interaction slides in your course. To disable the resume prompt in Engage, see these user guides: Engage ‘09, Engage ‘13, Engage 360.

Importing Interactions

  1. First, do any of the following:
    • Click Import on the Storyline start screen and select Import Engage.
    • Go to the File tab on the ribbon, scroll to Import, and click Engage.
    • Go to the Home tab on the ribbon, click New Slide, scroll to Import, and choose Engage.
    • Go to the Slides tab on the ribbon, click New Slide, and choose Engage.
  2. Browse to the Engage interaction you want to import and click Open.
  3. If you opened the wrong interaction or want to select a different one, click the ellipsis button (...) in the upper right corner to browse for another file.
  4. Use the Insert into scene drop-down list at the bottom of the window to choose where the interaction should appear in your course. You can insert it into a new scene, which is the default option, or the current scene. If you choose a new scene, use the Scene field to give it a name.
  5. Click Import to complete the process.

Editing Interactions

To edit an Engage interaction in Storyline, select its placeholder, then use the Options tab on the ribbon to adjust any of the following properties.


Click the Preview button to view the selected interaction on the Storyline slide. Click it again to stop the preview.


Click this button to view the interaction in your default web browser.

Edit in Engage

This opens the interaction in Engage for editing. When you've finished editing your interaction in Engage, click Save and Return to Storyline.


When do you want the interaction to play in your published course? Choose Automatically or When clicked.

This option won't be available if you display the interaction in a separate browser window (see below). An interaction that opens in a separate window won't load until learners click it.


Determine whether you want to display your interaction in the slide or in a new browser window.


If you display the interaction in a new browser window (see above), this drop-down becomes active, letting you choose which browser controls the new window has.

This option is grayed out if the interaction is configured to play in the current slide.


If you choose to show your interaction in a new browser window (see above), this drop-down becomes active, letting you specify a size for the new window.

This option is grayed out if the interaction is configured to play in the current slide.

Using Right-Click Options for Interactions

Right-click an Engage interaction placeholder and you'll find several more options for working with the interaction:

Web Object > Edit

This opens the Edit Web Object window, which lets you adjust some of the properties described in the previous section, such as where the interaction displays and when it plays.

Tip: Don't change the file path in the Address field.

Web Object > Open

This plays the interaction in your default web browser.


This plays the interaction on the Storyline slide. Click anywhere outside the interaction placeholder to end the preview

Tip: You can also double-click the interaction placeholder to preview it.

Reset Picture

Your interaction placeholder will automatically use the first frame of the interaction as its placeholder image. If you want to remove the placeholder image, select Reset Picture.

After resetting (removing) the placeholder image, you can choose another placeholder image by right-clicking the interaction again and selecting Change Picture. This is especially useful if you've configured the interaction to play only when learners click it. The image you select will be visible until they click it.


This lets you change the default name of the interaction placeholder (Engage Interaction 1, Engage Interaction 2, etc.) in Storyline.

Another way to rename objects is to use the timeline.

Tip: Changing the name of the interaction placeholder doesn't affect the title of the interaction in the published course.

Size and Position

Use this option to specify an exact size and position for the interaction placeholder. See this user guide for details.

Deleting Interactions

To delete an Engage interaction from your story, just select the interaction placeholder and press the Delete key on your keyboard.