As you’ve used Storyline 360, you may have noticed the Record Screen option. It’s perfect for putting together a software tutorial or explainer video quickly. But once you’ve created a recording, did you know that Storyline 360 also has three ways to automatically break that content into easily digestible steps?

That’s right—Storyline 360 keeps track of all the different clicks and interactions in your recording. So if you want to transform that video into step-by-step slides, Storyline 360 can do the development work for you. You can then use the results as is or further customize the steps to fit your learners’ needs.

In this article, we’ll look at how these different step-by-step modes work and when they’re most helpful for learning.

Demonstrate a Process with View Mode

If you need to introduce learners to a new tool or process, View Mode is the way to go! With View Mode, your video is split into multiple slides that show each step. The slides automatically animate through your tutorial, like a guided tour. And with the option to add text captions automatically, you can even include on-screen explanations of each step.

A screenshot of the Storyline 360 view mode options. On this screen you can choose to add a language for captions, add text captions, show mouse cursor, and indicate clicks with a highlight.

Since learners are just watching the demonstration, it’s a perfect way to ease them into navigating brand new tools or techniques.

Provide Hands-On Practice with Try Mode

When you want learners to try out a process in a safe environment, select Try Mode. Storyline 360 automatically adds timed pauses, hotspots, and keyboard shortcuts to make your screen recording interactive. And for more guided help, Storyline 360 can also add small text captions on each screen to provide hints about what to do!

A screenshot of the Storyline 360 try mode options. In this menu you can add a language for captions, show correct feedback, show a hand cursor when hovering over hotspots, and display hint captions.

Since Try Mode asks learners to do the process themselves, it’s a good fit for when they already have some baseline knowledge—either from past experience or an earlier lesson—and need hands-on practice. And since Try Mode interactions aren’t graded, they’re a stress-free way to learn from mistakes.

Assess Learner Skills with Test Mode

At first glance, Test Mode looks a lot like Try Mode. But where the latter is all about practice, the former focuses on assessment.

In Test Mode, Storyline 360 converts each interactive video slide into a graded question. You can then use the Test Mode options and quiz settings to customize the experience further. For instance, you can set what feedback (if any) to show after a learner responds to the steps, how many attempts they have to get it right, and what counts as a passing score for the overall test.

A screenshot of the Storyline 360 test mode options. From this menu you can choose to show correct and incorrect feedback, automatically create a results slide, set a limited number of attempts, and show try again feedback.
Test Mode is perfect for wrapping up a course and confirming learners can do a process independently. And since the quiz score can be reported to a learning management system (LMS), it’s also a way to mark course completion.

Try Out These Modes for Yourself

Those short explanations are a great introduction, but do you know the best way to understand these different modes? By getting hands-on experience with them!

Want to see these modes in action? Check out this Storyline step-by-step example to see the same content shared in View, Try, and Test Modes. You can also watch the original screen recording they were all created from.


The screen recorder in Storyline 360 makes it easy to provide the help learners need to pick up new or improved software—whether with a video tutorial, a step-by-step breakdown, guided practice, or an interactive assessment. And since there’s no limit to how many times you can use your recording, you can even include more than one mode in your course with minimal additional effort!

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Raymond Alejo

Hi Jennifer, 1. From the 'Home' tab, choose the 'Record Screen' dropdown arrow. 2. You should see your video with a red identifier saying 'In Use'. 3. Select your video by a left double click. 4. A window should appear titled 'Insert Slides'. 5. Go to the 'Step-by-step options and click on the dropdown menu for 'Try Mode'. 6. In the bottom right corner of the window, choose 'Insert'. 7. You now have created a Try Mode version of your scene/video simulation. 8. After you have created your new Mode, click on the 'Player' under 'Publish'. 9. The Player window will appear. Click on the "paper' icon to add your new mode. 10. A Trigger Wizard window will appear. 11. Name your scene "Try Mode". 12. Under the 'Action' option, click the dropdown arrow and select 'Jump to Scene'. 13. ... Expand

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