User controlled progress through animations

May 12, 2014

I must be missing something; cannot get published content to work with user-controlled (clicking) progress through animations on a single slide; clicking just goes to Next.

Do I need to make a new slide for each successive action?

I want to keep some animations (custom movement paths) that do not translate to Storyline, so don't want to import this project there.

Thanks for your input. Of course I need to publish this to LMS yesterday  


4 Replies
Christine Hendrickson

Hi Carol,

By "goes to Next" do you mean the next animation or next slide? If it's going to the next slide, are you clicking on the "Next" button or the animation? 

If you're using the "Next" button, you won't be able to control this behavior like you would in Storyline to control animations. If that's what you're wanting to do, you'll need to provide that content on another slide. 

If this isn't what you're wanting to do, can you provide a little more detail?


Carol Levin

Thanks for replying.

What I had hoped to have happen was that the user could simply click as per the animation directions (click to start) and the animation would play. But I couldn't find a way to make that happen in Presenter, even when I set Slide Properties/Advance to Auto, and removed the Next option in Branching. All that happened in the published version was that a click would advance to the next slide.

Eventually I published it with Advance/By user, and Prev/Next enabled, added some slides and tried to manipulate timing in Options/Publish.

It was SO frustrating, having become comfortable with Storyline, where I could have done this with timelines, triggers and layers, but I really needed the full range of PowerPoint animation options. (which of course did not come over when I imported the ppt to Storyline - I tried!).


Christine Hendrickson

Hi Carol,

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly :)

I apologize for the frustration and I can totally relate to it. I'm really big on the functionality of Storyline triggers, states and variables. 

I'm curious - have you considered saving the slide, then importing to Storyline? One workaround that I have seen used PowerPoint 2013 to export a slide as a movie. This produces an mp4 file that you could then import into Storyline.

Another option, that I think might help, would be to record the animations in PowerPoint as separate single videos through Storyline's screen recording option. You could trigger those little videos/animations with the options you're already comfortable using. 

I know there's a lot of popularity with the request to see more animations in Storyline and I'm certainly one of the many looking forward to seeing this :)

I hope this helps! Please let me know how it goes for you.

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