Disable “Skip Player Navigation” feature exploit?

Feb 21, 2018

Having an issue with students exploiting the use of Storyline's built-in accessibility feature to skip past Restricted playback slides by pressing the “Enter” and Spacebar” keys.

Is there a way to disable this feature?

While hopefully still using Storyline’s built in “Prev” and “Next” buttons?

Thanks in advance.


63 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Mark, 

It's great to see e-learning continue to grow and provide opportunities for learning in so many different organizations! If only you could share the courses, you're creating for DoD...I'm sure they are exciting! 😉

I know you mentioned coming across this discussion a few months ago, but I'm not sure if you saw Crystal's post two months ago that we fixed it in Storyline 360? I know you're not able to use SL360, but that does mean the fix is pending for the next update of Storyline 3 as well!

Offering a release date is tricky to pinpoint, as we always want to have the latest 360 update be "in the wild" for a bit before releasing those fixes as well for Storyline 3 users knowing that there are likely more complications for downloading, installing and receiving IT approval for updates in an organization such as yours. 

So with all this said, the fix discussed for the issue where you could tab to the Next button and trigger it with the space bar with restricted navigation enabled will be included in the next update of Storyline 3, which is targetted for release later this month. 

I hope that's an update you feel comfortable sharing with your stakeholders, and if I can help with anything else, please don't hesitate to let me know. 

Crystal Horn

Hi there, Mirko.  Using restricted navigation in the Player, I wasn't able to skip ahead using the spacebar or Enter key in the latest Storyline output.

Can you share your .story file so I can have a closer look at your setup?  I'm interested in what your navigation settings are and whether there are any triggers to change the state of your Next button.  Thanks!

Sviluppo2 Skill-box

Hi Crystal,

I have seen your Storyline output and I can see that it works fine, but with classic player I'm able to skip some slide as tou can see in the screen recording attached.
With Chrome I'm able to skip all the pages using  spece bar; with Firefox (also with IE11) I'am able to skip some pages (not all the pages).
If you want to have a look to .story file, I can share to you, but not in this tread, as there are some customer's private information.


Crystal Horn

Hello Javier!  The "skip navigation" option that JAWS reads refers to the option to skip reading all of the player elements and to return to the slide objects while tabbing.

Regardless of whether you activate this feature, the Next button should remain disabled until the timeline ends if you have set the navigation to restricted.  I did a quick test with both Classic and Modern players in Storyline 360, and the restricted navigation worked with tabbing.  

Let me know if you're seeing something different, Javier!

LaTarshia Wooten


We are having an issue where when we click the spacebar we are still able to advance to the next slide. We have the menu set to "restricted" and we are using the next and back buttons within SL360. I understand that there has been an update regarding this situation but we are still having this issue. Is there a fix for this?

Thank you!!

Leslie McKerchie

Thanks for reaching out and sharing what you are running into, LaTarshia.

Do you have the Next button set to hidden when the timeline starts? I do see that our team is currently working on a similar issue.

If not, with your permission, I'd like you to share your project file with our support engineers to investigate what's happening. You can share it privately by uploading it here. It will be deleted when troubleshooting is complete.

Leslie McKerchie

No worries, LaTashia.

Thanks for confirming that you do have a similar set-up. This is exactly the issue our team is looking into.

The workaround listed:

  1. Delete the trigger that hides the Next button when the timeline starts.
  2. Restrict the navigation so that the Next button will be in its disabled state.
  3. Use a trigger that would make the button Normal when the timeline reaches x seconds.
Mark Gretzinger

Hi there, weighing in on the Skip Navigation feature from a usability side.

We tested our course with a vision impaired learner using a JAWS reader, and her feedback was that getting the 'Skip navigation' alert on every slide was annoying. Disabling this 'feature' would be helpful for streamlining the user experience.

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