Cut-Copy-Paste -New Course

Hello - New Storyline user working off of previous courses and updating - I ighlightes 10 slides - Copied- Cut and pasted into a new Storyline Course. Problems: Additional slides were shifted and moved from original course into the new course I was attempting to develop. Now between the two files there is a hot mess :(  Seeking tips, tricks, and recovery of the original course. 



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Walt Hamilton

Best practice is to open the original, do a Save As ... , save a second copy, and delete unwanted material. You have an exact copy. This is good advice for copying ANY project, no matter what application created it, but especially for SL, which does not copy and paste most things well.

Second best practice is to start a new project, and import the slides you want, which again usually results in an exact copy, but if you import from different sources, you can end up with a huge number of masters.

I don't say this to be nasty, but because I can't stand the thought of this happening to you again sometime down the road. There are two kinds of computer people: those who make frequent sequential backups and those who haven't lost material yet. I hope you are in the first group, but if you aren't, now would be a good time to join them.

That said, this discussion: may help you.

Or, depending on your version of Windows, this may contain autosaved files:  C:\Users\XXX\AppData\Roaming\Articulate\Storyline

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Simcha, 

I'm all for sharing best practices and love that you're on board with that! 

In addition to Walt's ideas and stance on computer people, I wanted to point out a couple others and give you some resources:

  • When importing content from one project to another, follow the steps here. 
  • Work on local project files (steer clear of networks, USB, shared drives for editing files - but you can back up there, once Storyline is closed).
  • Save and close down Storyline (and other programs) each night, or on a regular basis. Everything gets a little rest and reboot to be fresh for the next day.
  • When you're ready to test the published content, do so where it'll actually live. Web server,  Learning Management System (LMS), etc. That'll provide you the best experience and idea of how the course behaves "in the wild". 

Let us know if you need any other help as you get started - we're always here! Oh, and welcome to the E-Learning Heroes community - so happy you're here. 😀