Drag and drop not allowing 3 attempts

Apr 14, 2021

Hi there, I have set up a freeform drag and drop with 3 attempts at the question. The attempts were working up until I added a trigger to the 'Try Again' layer to revert the answers back to initial state (Jump to slide >base layer>When the user clicks >Try Again). With this trigger the answers revert back to the initial state however the user now has unlimited attempts at the question. Can you please advise how to ensure that only 3 attempts at the question can be allocated.

3 Replies
Maria Costa-Stienstra

Hi, Teresa, and welcome to E-Learning Heroes! ✨

Thank you for reaching out with those details on what you're trying to accomplish! 

When you set the base layer's properties to Reset to Initial State when revisiting, what Storyline understands is that the user goes back to not have attempted the drag and drop interaction, so they still have three attempts. Since the Try Again button keeps sending them back to that slide, they always get three "unlimited" attempts.

My suggestion is to leave the trigger as is, with the Try Again button simply hiding the Try Again layer. I imagine your idea is to return the items to the initial position. You can achieve that by using Motion Path Animation. I recorded a short Peek 360 video showing you how to do that.

Let me know if this works!

Teresa Rinaldi

Hi Maria,


Thanks for the reply. I have gone and made changes as per your advice however I noticed now that when I drag the answers into the space provided that it sometimes remembers the previous answer selected. In addition to this, if the correct answer is selected on the second or third attempt it appears to be the wrong answer. I have uploaded a video with an example. Can you please advise of a work-around? Let me know if you are unable to access the file.

Maria Costa-Stienstra

Hi, Teresa.

Thank you for reaching out and for sharing the screen recording!

My original example had the drag and drop set to "Free" instead of Snap to center, which is why I didn't experience what you saw. In your scenario, there is one more step to take:

  • Right-click your Try Again layer and choose Properties
  • Set the revisiting to Reset to Initial State 

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  • Keep in mind that you should only do this for the layer, not for the base. 

I am attaching a .story file similar to yours.

Let me know if this works!