Built-in variables: Total slides in project ignoring exclusion rules. Different on screen and in preview

Sep 26, 2019

Hi All,

I'm using the built in variables in storyline 360 to show a user their progress (total number of slides viewed -OF - total number of slides in project)...so they see "1 of 12" for example.

I have a few slides i DONT want counted, so i've deselected them from the "exclude slides" table...

I've created a textbox where i'm referencing these variables...

On the screen in build mode, all looks great... (0 of 32)....however when i preview it...it shows 0 of 42. It's still including all the slides I told it not to?!! 

Any ideas?


8 Replies
Lucy Hood

Hi, I'm afraid I'm still having difficulties. I've working in a different project now and a similar issue is occurring.

IN PROJECT ORDER: The "total slides in project" variable is still displaying 41, even though I've excluded some slides and it should be 31 (i've excluded the question bank).

IN MENU ORDER: It's displaying 29 as i realise it doesnt register results slides (there are 2)...

It seems to be the question bank that's the problem...Do i either have to live with the results slides NOT being counted even though i want them to be...or the question bank BEING included even thought i DON'T want them to be?

Any help would be appreciated.


Ren Gomez

Hi Lucy,

I've tried to replicate removing a question bank, and it does reduce the Total number of slides in project. I'm curious to check out your file to see why that is happening.

If you're able to share your file publicly here, feel free to do so by clicking Add Attachment, otherwise you can share it privately with me here, and I'll delete once I'm done taking a look!

Tech andLearn.com

Hello, I wondered if there was a resolution to this? I am having the same difficulty with using Project.TotalSlides and it seems to be including the quiz draw that I have excluded both in the excluded slides panel and in the menu. After testing, I can't seem to make the total slides reduce to a number that doesn't include the quiz draw. 

Leslie McKerchie

Hello Tech and Learn,

I took a look and do not see where Lucy submitted a support case, so I do not have an update to provide outside of what you can see here.

With your permission, I'd like you to share your project file with our support engineers to investigate what's happening. You can share it privately by uploading it here. It will be deleted when troubleshooting is complete.