Can I have the "Next" button only appear after the last animation?

I'm creating a course with a dialogue between two characters, with some animations built in, and I'm wondering if there's a way to A) have the learner click the next button to see the next animation before moving to the next slide or B) (not my preference) force them to view the animations before the Next button appears, so that they do see them all.

I'd like them to be able to see / read at their own pace and skip the audio if they want to, rather than making it all automatic.

Alternatively, I thought I'd seen an interaction that had two characters talking where the learner had to click back and forth between them to hear their next statement - does anyone know how to build / where to find that?

My first time using Storyline... Slowly but surely learning!

4 Replies
Donna Morvan

Hello Pam,

The short answer to your questions is...Yes.

1. On Next button - there are a number of ways you can ensure learners view the content in its entirety before they can move on to the next section of the module/course.

a. Use Button State - You can set it so that the Next button is 'hidden' by default and then add a trigger to set to 'Normal' when the animation completes.This should fulfill your requirement to only make the Next button appear after the animation.

Here, you can see that I have set the state of the Next button to hidden as soon as the slide is loaded. 


The next thing you have to do is add another trigger for state to change to Normal. Assuming you have added a "media" in the slide (video animation), you can then do the following:

b. Add a condition to the built in Next button - You can set it so that the Next button only performs the assigned operation when a specific condition(s) is met. This partly fulfills your requirement. The difference is that the Next button will be visible the entire time.

Note: Technically, You can really go crazy and do all sorts of combination of states and conditions, making use of variables to meet pretty much the behavior you want.

c. Create a Custom Button - You can choose to not use the built-in Next button and create your own custom one and program all your triggers and conditions. This is the most flexible but probably most work.

2. On interaction dialogue - the simplest you can accomplish this making use of slide layers. Again there are a number of different ways that you can go about this. It's really a question of how much content we're talking about, how interactive do you want it to be...will it be using speech bubbles, audio, get the picture.

Here is a file illustrating some of the options I described here.

Hope this helps.

Good Luck!


Walt Hamilton