Animation of Textbox "By first Level Paragraph"

Jun 18, 2012

I'm trying to have a textbox animate four different topics one by one, and I have bullet points under some of the topics.  It looks something like this:

Topic 1

    bullet point 1

    bullet point 2

    bullet point 3

Topic 2

    bullet point 1

Topic 3

Topic  4

My expectation is the bullet points will animate with the topic if I choose the option "By first level paragraph" for the animation (since they are not "first level paragraphs").  This is how it would work in PowerPoint/Presenter. Unfortunately, they keep coming up one by one after the topic has animated.  Is this functionality not intended to work as I am expecting? 

26 Replies
Josh Uhlig

No, if I choose animate "all at once", all 4 topics are displayed at the same time.  I want the topics and their related bullets to come up together, but each topic should be staggered.

It seems the functionality you suggested with the traingle does the trick.  I swear I tried this before and only changing the speed of the animation had any effect on timing.  It is working now though, thanks.

Michelle Gigowski

I'm trying to use the "by first level paragraph" option to individually have bulleted or numbered text appear as the audio plays.  I've timed out said bullet points with the audio; however, multiple bullet points appear at the same time instead of individually as I intended with my timeline.  When I preview the scene the same issue continues to happen and the bullet points do not appear individually but in clumps which is not how I have this laid out in Storyline.  Can you offer any suggestions about something I may be missing?  Thank you for your time!

Michelle Gigowski

Hi Christine,

Attached below is a slide that I'm having issues with.  Thank you for your help, really appreciate it!  I had everything set go automatically by first line paragraph but all the numbers aren't automatically going as I'd like. They appear in clumps of more than one number at a time. If you review the audio and the timeline, you'll see I tried to get each individual number to appear as it is mentioned in the audio but unfortunately when I allow Storyline to automatically break up the numbers they appear in clumps when you view the file, versus individually as I'd like them to appear.

Also, the first large paragraph shows up one line (and too soon) and then when the entire paragraph should appear, it does but another extra line below it also appears.  If you have any ideas of what I'm doing wrong here, I'd greatly appreciate it!  This first line paragraph is a nice trick to save time if it works... Thank you!

Much appreciated,

Michelle Gigowski

Christine Hendrickson

Hi Michelle,

I apologize in the delay. I've been testing the file you sent and I experienced the same issues. I did a little extra testing and research, and I found a similar issue that's currently being tested by our Quality Assurance team. 

I've tried a few things to resolve the issue:

  • Changed the original font.
  • Changed the font, removed and reapplied the animation.
  • Completely recreated the text (manually entered), applied the animation and realigned with cuepoints.
  • Applied a different animation.

However, the issue remains. I've shared your original file and my test files with our QA team. I'll try to provide additional information as soon as I have it. 

In the meantime, it might be a good idea to try placing smaller sections of text with the animation, or providing separate text boxes in the timeline. You can arrange them to appear with your existing cuepoints and this should eliminate the overlapping and incorrect timings. I realize this is extra work, but I hope this is a temporary workaround that will help with your project. If you have trouble with setting this up, please let me know. 



Michelle Gigowski

Thank you for your feedback.  This cue point "by first line paragraph" would be perfect if it worked correctly.  And it would save much time indeed.  Hopefully this gets worked out soon so I can use this feature with future projects.

I appreciate you timely feedback and look forward to the QA team's response. 

Thank you,


Leslie McKerchie

Hi Dan!

This thread is a bit dated.

Are you utilizing Storyline 1?

You may find that text is missing or doesn't animate onto the slide as expected when the following conditions are true:

  • The text box is configured to animate By First Level Paragraph.
  • The text box is grouped with one or more objects.

This is a known issue. To correct it, ungroup the text box from all other objects.

Ali Goulet

Hey Frederico-- I have some great news! 

We just released another update for Articulate 360, and included a few important fixes and new features that you'll see in the release notes here 

This update fixes the issue you reported where the Wipe animation sequenced by paragraph didn't work as expected in HTML5 output.

Just launch the Articulate 360 desktop app on your computer and click the Update button for each application. Details here.

Please let us know if you have any questions, either here or by reaching out to our Support Engineers directly!

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