Closing an embedded Youtube video

Apr 16, 2016

I've embedded a Youtube video into a slide and linked to it from a button. The problem is when I run the video I can't turn it off without refreshing the page.

I've tried adding a hotspot, I've tried enabling clicking on the original button to jump back to the original trigger-slide, but it's not working.

Could you please assist?



11 Replies
sandy tranfaglia

Hi Russ,

One work around would be to download the YouTube video with ClipGrab ( and have your button go to the next slide. Insert your video on this slide. Click on the video and the Video Tools open at the top of the screen. In the Show Video Controls option, click the drop down list and select Below video. This will give you full control of the video.

Hope this helps!


Russ Crowley

Thanks Sandy and Christie.

I've just got back from a 5-day break, so apologies for not getting back sooner.

I'm using Storyline 1 and am embedding the Youtube video using the'  (plus parameters) on a lightbox slide (sample attached).

I've also tried it on show/hide layer, but still can't close it. As soon as I click to launch the Youtube video the video plays within the slide, but I then can't close it.

Here's what's happening in 'live':

Many thanks for your help.


Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Russ,

Thanks for sharing the information here. I took a look at the video in the "live" link you shared and I could open and close the lightbox and the video played normally. So I'm not sure if I'm clear on what you're seeing? Are you saying your unable to advance after the video? I didn't download your .story file yet, but the slide itself seems to be just one slide as I couldn't advance even before viewing the video. 

Christie Pollick

Hi, Russ -- Thanks for sharing a link to your course and when I clicked on the video camera icon in the upper left hand corner, after the video started playing, I was able to click the circle with the red X to close it without having to refresh (in Chrome Version 49.0.2623.110, 64-bit). Could I ask if you are able to take a look at our System Requirements sheet to ensure that you are viewing content in a support format? 

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Russ,

Thanks for sharing that image here. What browser are you using to access the content? I tested it in Chrome and Firefox (latest versions of each) and both worked there. 

There are some known behaviors of how web objects display over other slide content, but I'd expect to see it on other browsers if that was what was happening. 

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