Can I have multiple correct drag object/drop target combinations?

Sep 16, 2014

Hi all,

Just wondering if it is at all possible to have multiple correct drop targets for a drag item.

What I am trying to do it to get students to label questions (there are 5) with the correct strategy for solving them (there are 3 strategies).

So... I have 5 drop targets and multiples of each of my 3 labels and I can't seem to make it work.

Has anyone done something similar?

All help, suggestions and advice welcome



92 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Jacquelyn,

Have you seen this tutorials on working with drag and drops? Specifically:

Here are some things to bear in mind as you select drag items and drop targets:


  • Each drag item can be matched to only one drop target.
  • However, each drop target can be assigned to more than one drag item (i.e., you can drop multiple items into the same target).

There may be some community workarounds that you could implement, so I hope someone in the community is able to share here with you! 

Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Hi Jacquelyn,

As Ashley said, default Drag and Drops are relatively restrictive. Perhaps a Pick One simulating a drag and drop will meet your needs. I created an instructional video a while back: Drag Drop - Multiple Drags with Multiple Targets. Here's the description:

Articulate Storyline users sometimes feel constrained by the default Freeform Drag & Drop quiz, which limits us to 1 drop target per drag item. In this tutorial, I describe how to overcome this drawback using a Freeform Pick One Quiz.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Jacquelyn,

I hope that Rebecca's solution will help you out - she's definitely one of our super heroes who comes up with increasing creative and helpful workaround to set something up in Storyline outside the built in behavior. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to let us know! 

Miranda Verswijvelen

Such a cool solution, Rebecca, thank you!
Just what I needed today, trying to make a drag and drop where you need to dress a person - wanted to make sure that when putting on gloves it did not really matter which one matches left or right hand, they just need to wear two ;)

Love this community and all the creative people around!

Daniel Bali

Hi Rebecca,

I've set up a simmilar solution by using booleans for conditions.

The only problem is, if I drop an object to the correct spot, then move it somewhere else, then it remains correct.

So it's possible to get a Correct Feedback without having any of the drop targets filled.

Any solution?

Daniel Bali


Here is my multiple correct drag and drop slide. I think it worth to spend 1-2 hour to make it. Good luck for the analysis for those how would like to replicate it!

Some help for understanding:


*: E/R/Q those are abbr. for Episode, ronde, and quodlibet (music form and technique)

*1spot: number, means that this drop object is placed on that drop target 

S abbr. for spot

S*1w: number, means how much objects this drop target contains

also there is an invisible 8th drop target to help determine if the target is dropped outside

And I'm also using custom triggers for feedback controll.

Well it's just around 50 complex triggers!


Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Danilo,

Do you have a copy of your .story file that you're able to share here? That's often a good way to have the community assist with a particular project or issue that you're running into.  You’ll want to upload the .story file here (which is the file prior to publishing) using the “ADD ATTACHMENT” button at the bottom of the forums reply window. 

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

If you're looking to drop any four out of the eight correct, that's not something that the built in drag and drop questions are equipped for, but it may be something that folks in the community can weigh in on here! I hope they're able to share an example with you, and if you're able to share what you've got so far in the coming days that may help spark their design imaginations!