changing the color of visted hyperlinks in a text block

Hi - new to Storyline (converting from Captivate) and I'm wondering if there is a way to change the color of a hyperlink when it's been visited and the user returns to the page. The body text is black, the hyperlink is blue and I'd like the hyperlink to be a lighter blue when the user visits the link and returns to the page.

Do I need to build another layer with the hyperlink in the lighter color to show when the trigger (hyperlink) is clicked or is there an easier way? thanks!

16 Replies
Gerry Wasiluk


I don't believe that is currently supported.  If you go into the Color Scheme (Design > Colors>Create New Theme Colors) , you can only set the color of the hyperlink and your hover.

One possible workaround--use buttons instead for URLs.  You can format your button's visited state to be what you want.  You may be even to format your button so it looks like a line of text instead of a "button."

Paul Tottle

I need a hyperlink to show it's been visited. In my project hyperlinks reveal more details of the story, but I see that learners have no idea of where they have been, as there is no visited hyperlink color.

I've hunted around and can't find any settings for this.  I puzzled as I thought this was the web standard.

It would be very helpful to add this simple interactive component. I'm dealing with complex scenarios and the hyperlink displays a layer of more information, as needed. And it is unobtrusive.

I could overlay a hotspot, but as the text is edited later, the hotspots will need realigning; plus it still wouldn't show a state change.  Using a button for the text would require some super aligning to get the button text to match the text underneath, not to mention any future editing problems.

Am I missing something? Is there a way for learners to click on part of a text and it shows they have done this?


Alyssa Gomez

Hi there, Paul. What you're saying makes a lot of sense. While there isn't a way to show a visited hyperlink when it's part of a larger group of text, I can see why you'd need that functionality. I'll be sure our Product team gets this request. If we add this to Storyline in the future, we'll let you know!

Susan Alderson

This is very important and very commonplace behavior for a hyperlink.  I am surprised that it is not a standard feature and that there are no plans to incorporate this.  Am I missing something?  Doesn't everyone expect such behavior from a hyperlink.  It is hard to explain to stakeholders that we don't have this basic feature in our courses.   Again, maybe I am missing something...apologies in advance.

Vincent Scoma

Hi Susan,

Thank you for sharing your voice with us!

While there isn't a way to show a hyperlink as visited, another option is to use a Text Box with a Change State trigger and Open URL trigger. You can also apply a Hover state so it is clear that the text is clickable. Here is an idea of what that setup would look like: 

Here is an idea of what the triggers would be:

Here is how it would look in a Published Output: 

I will be sure to update our team with your request. If we add this feature to Storyline, we'll let you know!

Ren Gomez

Hi Everyone,

Apologies for the late notice, but I wanted to jump in here to let you know in the addition of text styles to Storyline 360 Update 47, there's now the ability to change the color of visited hyperlinks in a text box!

If you haven't already updated to the latest version, launch the Articulate 360 desktop app on your computer and click the Update button for Storyline 360. Details here.

Toni Hunter

Hi Ren, can you please tell me where I can go to change the colour of visited hyperlinks? I've updated but can't seem to find it. Currently mine are turning purple after being being visited and this doesn't look great on a dark background, it also fails contrast tests for accessibility. Thanks!

Leslie McKerchie

Hello Toni,

Yes! We'd be happy to share where this new feature is and how to make your adjustments.

I'm attaching our documentation:

I also took a moment to create a small example and recorded a quick Peek 360 video for you.

Let us know if you have any additional questions.

Christa Novelli

I like the new feature. However, the visited state is not working as intended. I am, instead, getting a very small segment of the underline showing up in the color I selected for the visited state. The rest of it is remaining purple.

See the attached image. Any idea what is going on?