Can you adjust a slide duration without dragging the end point?

May 23, 2013

I know this has been asked before but I can't find an answer...

Is it possible to adjust a slide duration without dragging the end point?

I have a slide that is 900 seconds long.

It contains 10 seconds of audio and 890 seconds of silence. When using a seekbar the audio ends and the seekbar is only 5% full.

Every slide in my course is the same and it takes forever manually dragging the end point back to 10 seconds.

I just want a box where I can type in the number of seconds for slide duration, or to right-click on the time line and select "set end point".

85 Replies
Fiona  Telford-Sharp

I would like to know the answer to this too. I've had several slides where I've pasted an object from somewhere else onto a layer, and only want the layer to last a few seconds, but because the object came from elsewhere and was many, many minutes long, I couldn't find a way to shorten the time line of the layer without spending forever dragging it backwards.

Andrew Hooper

Thanks again. I've read all the responses and watched all the videos.

Unfortunately, none of them contain a method to shorten the time line, except by manually dragging it.

Changing the duration of indidual objects only helps if you're trying to make the time line longer

Here is the challenge!

  • Make a new side
  • Create an object with a very long duration, eg. 900 seconds    (Right-click and use the 'timing' controls to do this)
  • Delete the object
  • Figure out a way to reduce the timeline back to 10 seconds without having to drag it manually.

And then, post the solution here for instant fame and glory.

Keithia Kirkaldy

I too would like to know if there is a way to adjust the length of the slide without dragging the arrow.  I was looking for a feature like in Captivate where you can manually type in the length of the slide.  It would make it so much easier if you have a slide that is say 900 sec long and you want to shorten it without having to drag over that super long period.  If it is not available, definitely needs to go into the new release.

Jennifer Johnston

Somehow in Storyline 2, the time line on my slide was set to 8,330 seconds. I eventually found an object that was set to start and end at this time. I'm not sure HOW that happened as I know I did not drag an object that far, attempt to hide it by shortening the length so severely, only to be frustrated now trying to shorten the entire time line again. REALLY? I have to drag this ALL the way back again? That is going to take FOR-EV-ER!

Emily Ruby

Hello Diana!

For the slides that have the long length added, are there any audio/video files in them? Are they being made as duplicates from another slide? You may want to go over the steps listed here if you continue to have the issues. You could also import the file into a new file and see if creating a new slide still created the long timeline.