Embed Web Objects - Google Spreadsheet

Jul 22, 2016

I am trying to embed a Google Spreadsheet into SL2.  I want the spreadsheet to open within the slide of the story, and have selected "Display in Slide" option. However, when I publish, the web object opens the Excel program and displays externally of my SL2 project.  Any ideas? 

The Google Doc address is below:

My .story and published .zip files are attached.

Any assistance is greatly appreciated!


23 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Bobbi,

I just create a simple Google sheets doc and embedded it in my course here.  I double checked that I set the editing rights for anyone, and I'm able to view it in the slide and add in any additional information. So it seems to be based  on how you link the file and what you allow for in terms of editing. 

Bobbi Bailey

Actually... what would be ideal (and not sure if it is possible), is I would like to have an excel file as a resource document (and therefore housed within the course itself).  I would like to be able to have the excel file open in a lightbox and have the user be able manipulate the data.

Basically, we have some quiz questions that the user needs to use a spreadsheet (that is pre-populated with formulas) to calculate and arrive at an answer. We do not want the excel file to open externally of the course.

Bobbi Bailey


Almost!!! Even though the user clicks the red "x" to close the lightbox (without saving), google docs still saves any changes the user makes.  Basically, the spreadsheet will have formulas in it to conduct calculations, in order for the user to derive an answer to a test question.  We cannot have the actual document be edited (saved).

Is there a way to add the spreadsheet to the resources and then have that pulled into the lightbox? Ideally, I'd like to get away from google docs all together... any other suggestions?

Melanie Sobie

I've used a local web object to embed a pdf fillable form. This would probably work for the excel spreadsheet as well. 

I have an example file I can provide. I'll try to explain how this is set up:

You create a folder that must be stored in the same location as your story file. In my example, the file is called "webobject1". Within this folder, you place the document (pdf, excel, etc.) that the user will be opening up within the course. Also in this folder you have a html file - this must be named "index.html". You can create this html file in Notepad or WordPad. This file contains some very basic html coding that references the document. On the Storyline slide where you want to embed the document, you click Insert > WebObject - and instead of entering a web address for a link you click on the folder icon and navigate to the web object folder.

Attached is a zip file with my example files. Slide #1.4 is where the local object appears.



Bobbi Bailey

From SCORM cloud, I get the following error:  "Oops! Page not found!  It looks like the file you were looking for is missing or has moved. If you feel you reached this message in error, please let us know at support@scorm.com"

But when I look at the file structure, the files are there (story_content > WebObjects > 6UHWWgh8DBY > Index.html (and the .xls file).

Can you try with an excel file?  I'm wondering if this will work with excel.

Melanie Sobie

I think the problem is the basic html coding I've used doesn't work to display an excel file format. I'm looking for different html coding but I'm a super-basic user with html, so perhaps someone else could chime in on this?

Also, if you can publish the excel file as a web page and then link to that, it should work. I am reading some information about being able to publish an excel file as a web page format, but don't really understand that.  Sorry!

Learning  & Development
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi JB,

I embedded that code in a Rise lesson for URL/Embed and the Block Media type - Embed, and both worked to show me this: 

Do you see an error message when trying to use this code? If you see an Invalid Embed code message, take a look at the possible solutions here. I was able to copy and paste your code from ELH directly into Rise using the Chrome browser. So perhaps give that a try as well! 

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