Changing Slide Numbers

Sep 18, 2014

HI there,

Is there any way you can change the slide number (i.e. 1.23)?



17 Replies
Crystal Horn

Hi A M!  Thanks for the pro-tip!  That's a quick way to renumber your slides, for sure.  

Be sure to double check your navigation (triggers, next buttons- however you do it) is still accurate after moving those slides around!  Honestly, I always like to point to a specific slide rather than the generic "next" slide, but that's a design decision.

Katie Riggio

Hello, Will. Happy to lend a hand!

I had a peek at William's case, and see our team shared:

Dragging and dropping will re-number the slides within a scene. Keep in mind that dragging scenes around will not re-number the scenes. More on customizing the menu here!

We recommend to check the navigation triggers (e.g. next button triggers) after dragging and dropping slides to re-organize slide numbering. This helps ensure that these triggers are still correct after moving the slides around. 

Another function that you may want to look at is the Player menu. You can also change the order of the slides from here. You can open this from Home > Player > Menu. 

Let me know if that helps or if there's anything I can help clarify, I'll be here!

Janet Bernhards


I'm trying to renumber my slides as well. They are in the correct order based on the content, but the number  3.7 appears before 3.6. You'll see from the attached diagram... There are no prev/next buttons for slides 3.3 through 3.7. They all return to slide 3.2.

So, I want all of the slides to stay in exactly the same place they are in, but I want slide 3.7 to carry the number 3.6, and 3.6 to carry the number 3.7.  I tried dragging the scene out, as mentioned, but it wouldn't budge. Maybe something is preventing that? Renaming the slide doesn't change the number, so that doesn't help either.

In they player view, the numbered order is in sequence, but now the content isn't. I do realize that if I suppress the numbering in the player for the final, I can reposition the slide, but it's annoying to see the numbers out of sequence :-)

Hope this makes sense. Is there a way to change the number and not the position?

Using SL2.

Katie Riggio

Hello, Janet. Thank you for sharing that screenshot!

It sounds like the content in slide 3.7 is in the correct place, but the row should read in sequential order. Is that right?

There could be triggers to 'jump to a specific slide' instead of 'jump to the next slide.' That would cause the numbers to be out of order in Story View.

With your permission, I'd like to take a closer look at your .story file to test this theory and find the culprit. You can share it publicly here or send it to me privately by using this upload link. I'll let you know what I find and will delete the file after!

Janet Bernhards

Hi Katie,

Thanks for the reply. You are correct. It's in the correct place, it's just the numbers aren't sequential, which means I have to make a fix any time I publish. I will double check the triggers. As I said, the only trigger that should be there for each slide is the one that returns each of them to 3.2 (intentionally). Still, in duplicating, I might have missed one. I have no problem with your looking at the file, but it's government..... and I will either need to get permission/have it go through a classification review (ugh), or see if I can make a duplicate and take out most of the text, sending you that one scene only. Let me fiddle a bit and I'll report back.

Vincent Scoma

Hi Laura,

It could be a few triggers causing the slide numbers not to change. Usually, though, moving the slides in Story View would change the number of the slide.

With your permission, I'd like to take a look at your project file to investigate what's happening. You can share it publicly here, or you are welcome to share it privately here. I'll share my findings and delete it when I'm done troubleshooting!

Whitney Miller-Nichols

Hi team, I'm having the same problem as Laura. My slides display in the correct order in the scene (and I've manually rearranged the menu to make it match my desired order), but the slide NUMBERS are out of sequence. These are 5 subordinate slides that JUMP to the previous slide (1.3). Any ideas how to make the slide numbered 21 be correctly numbered 15?

Thanks for your help!

Walt Hamilton

Here's how. See the attached video. By dragging them under a slide and dropping them, they renumber in sequence.

 Use shift - Click to select that entire branch, and they all are renumbered.

If the trigger on 1.3 jumps to the next slide, instead of jumping to 1.21, they are renumbered, but also moved to follow 1.14. So you have done a good thing by using jump to name, not jump to Next.

For What It's Worth, I learned the hard way to always jump to a named slide, instead of Next slide.  I would go to the story view panel, and click on the next slide I wanted to work on. But if I was in a hurry, and twitched the mouse just a tiny bit while clicking on the thumbnail, it changed the sequence of the slides. With jump to name, they are renumbered, but not moved.

Whitney Miller-Nichols

Not sure if this solves my original problem (above), but I did discover that rearranging the order of objects acting as triggers for subsequent slides rearranges the order those slides are arranged in the story.

That is, when I reordered buttons 2 & 3 in the timeline to be ordered 3-2-1  (see below or attached screenshot) , slide 1.13 moved from the center position in the story to the right position (previously they were ordered in the timeline 3-1-2).Storyline story tree

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