Click to play course

Mar 12, 2019


I would like to use a 'click to play' button that prevents the course from automatically playing. I see that this is standard for mobile play, but I'd like to enable this feature for access on computers, as well. 

I currently use Storyline 3 with latest updates installed.

4 Replies
Alyssa Gomez

Hi Jaclyn! 

It sounds like you need a starting slide with a play button that learners will click to begin the course, is that right?

I would suggest inserting a new slide before the first slide. Then, add a custom "Play" button with a trigger to jump to the next slide when the learner clicks the button. 

Let me know if that's what you had in mind!

Jaclyn Langenwalter

Yes, this is the same idea as what I had in mind. I know that I can do it that way, but as I am building a template for my team, I was hoping for a way to trigger the start of the timeline. I see that there are options to pause and stop timeline, but I don't see an option to start the timeline. I thought of adding a trigger to pause the timeline at 0.00 seconds and resume upon click of the 'play button.' What do you think?

Additionally, I'd like to add a feature request for a play button, as this makes the course 508 compliant and it has been my experience that Articulate is lacking in accessibility settings and modifications. 

Jaclyn Langenwalter

Here is a snip of my screen. I have set the layer to show when the timeline starts and to hide when the user clicks the 'play button' but when the timeline starts, the layer never shows. I also tried timing it so that the layer shows when timeline reaches 0 seconds and that also didn't show the layer. Thoughts? 

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Jaclyn,

If you're using a layer, set the layer to show when timeline starts and keep the layer properties you have to Pause the base layer. That should be all you need to pause this at the start and you can allow the learner to click the button on your layer which would Hide the layer thereby starting your base layer timeline again.

If this all sounds too confusing, I'd be happy to (and probably other community members!) look at your .story file and make the changes! You can share it publicly here, or send it to me privately by uploading it here.  I’ll delete it when I’m done troubleshooting. 

As for the accessibility piece, happy to pass that along! Also, keep in mind with the latest changes to Chrome and Safari's media autoplay policies we have added that play button to start a course if you have media on the first slide. 

This discussion is closed. You can start a new discussion or contact Articulate Support.