Custom navigation on Master Slides: how to indicate next/previous in Story view?

When you use the player navigation (next/forward) or custom navigation on the slide then the Story View nicely displays the slides that are connected on Next/Previous with a grey arrow.

When you disable the player navigation and have the next button on the Master Slide, then it does not display grey arrows and all slides becomes "loose".

In this example, the Title Screen does not show which slide is Next in the Story view. However, when played back it works.

When you create custom navigation it's better to have this on the Master slide as well. But when I do this for all slides, then all becomes loose and I don't have overview.

What's a good way to work with navigation on the slide Master when you want to disable the normal Next/Forward Button?

15 Replies
Sjoerd de Vries

Hi Ashley,

I also noticed it's not easy to create custom navigation (buttons) on the slide master instead of on the slides. If the button is just on the slid background, it works, but If you have buttons on other objects then the button can't be clicked. I am sure I will find a workaround, but for now I decided to have the custom slide navigation on each slide copied.

When having it back on the slides, the Story view now also displays that relation. Might be something for future improvement.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Rhys,

Thanks for checking in. There is not a change to this behavior in Storyline (2 or the current versions of Storyline 3/360). It's something that would still be a feature request at this time, and if you'd like to share your thoughts as well feel free to send it along to our team right here. 😁 

Stephanie Long

I know this is an older thread, but have also tried to do this to no avail.  When I put my custom Previous and Next buttons on the main Slide Master it doesn't show in Story View.  It also doesn't seem to trigger the Previous button.  I have even tried to copy paste onto every slide master and still doesn't work.  I guess I will have to just copy and paste them on to every slide?

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Stephanie,

Do the buttons not show on the individual slides, or you're not seeing the link between the slides in story view? The latter is expected if they're custom buttons to just advance to the next slides.

If you're not seeing buttons on your slides though, we'd want to take a look at what is set up and troubleshoot from there! Can you share a copy of your .story file with us? 

Leslie McKerchie

Hi Tico and welcome to E-Learning Heroes :)

Thanks for letting us know that you're running into an issue similar to the one Stephanie reported with custom Previous and Next buttons, but the course not navigating as expected.

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 send it to me privately by uploading it here. I'll delete it when I'm done troubleshooting.

Leslie McKerchie

Hi Fred,

Thanks for contacting us and sharing that you are experiencing results.

The arrows displaying in story view for your custom navigation on the slide masters is still considered a feature request at this time. 

Thanks for sharing your .story file with us privately. I'll convert this to a feature request for you.