Default slide for new scene

Feb 19, 2018


I would like to change the default slide everytime a new scene is created in the Storyline. I noticed that the slide that highlighted in the Slide Master would be the default one. But somehow after selecting different slide, it will always revert to the previous one as the default slide. Any suggestions are appreciated.

10 Replies
Leslie McKerchie

Hello Ben,

When you create a new scene, similar to when you create a new slide, you can then apply the slide master layout that you wish to use.

Check out this tutorial here for assistance.

I'm not sure what you meant by highlighting the Slide Master, do you mean when working in the Slide Master View you had that slide highlighted and thought it would then be the default?

Benny Kurniawan

Hi Leslie,

Thank you for your response. I imported the corporate brand PPT file to Storyline. Since then every time a new scene is created, the first slide on that new scene is always "link to" the specific layout of the imported "PPT" Slide Master. Is there a way to change the default slide instead of having to re-apply to another slide master layout?

Leslie McKerchie

Hey Ben,

I apologize, but I'm not following along with that description to try to reproduce what you may be seeing.

Can you make a screencast of this behavior in a new file and the steps to create the issue, perhaps starting with importing the PPT file with the branding.

If you cannot share it here in the forums, you can share here privately.

Leslie McKerchie

Hello Emil,

Absolutely. I was able to take a look at Ben's case above and Vevette shared the following:

One workaround I found is to do the following:

  1. Duplicate the Slide Master from PowerPoint.
  2. Delete the image in the Blank layout of the original Slide Master.
  3. If you need the Blank layout with the image, you can then apply the duplicate Slide Master's layout on the affected slides.

This issue was reported as a possible software bug. I wanted to share some information on how we define bugs and how we tackle them when they occur.

I've added this conversation to the report so that we can share any updates with you here.

Lauren Connelly


We are no longer seeing this bug, PowerPoint Slide Master Blank layout affects the default slide on new Scenes, in our latest version of Storyline 360.

If you're running into a similar issue, please make sure you're using Storyline 360 (Build 3.61.27106.0) or later. 

You can reach our Support Team in this discussion or privately in a support case.