Export to Powerpoint from Storyline

Nov 30, 2012

Hi guys,

I have a Storyline project that I would like to be able to edit in Powerpoint - is there a way that is possible?  I know going Powerpoint to Storyline is fine, but what about the other way?

I have tried copying and pasting slides, tried copying all elements on a slide and pasting... but no luck!

Really need help PLEASE!

168 Replies
mike mcdonald

My workflow 2cents for the classroom scenario when I think I do not want them to "ask for a copy of the slides"...i.e. get my best IP for free!

1. Produce the base material in powerpoint.

2. Print the handouts etc. with the blanked-out bits (ie. for trainees to fill-in or make their notes)

3. Import to SL and add the fun bits

Bingo! Materials for handing out that aligns to SL, which I can then navigate them through.  


Darren McNeill

I would like to have the option to export as a PPT also.

This would be useful when the completed Storyline course will have changed from the original PPT source file.

The graphics are usually replaced and often the text in the notes, used for audio recording will change slightly once the SME hears back the audio.

To send the finished module in Storyline for translation, we then have to copy and paste back all the Notes text, and graphic changes. Often as well a single PPT slide would be split into several slides in Storyline to improve the flow.

It would be nice to be able to export the finished Storyline file to PPT, so that it can be sent for translation quicker.


Steve Max

I still think in PowerPoint, so my Storyline projects are closer to it in construction than those of you who are more skilled in self paced learning.

I often use Storyline for live presentations where I would have used PowerPoint.  I first make a copy of an on-line class so as not to mess up the original. Then, I make alterations so that instead of playing themselves or responding to user clicks on buttons, the slides respond to my clicking an invisible hot spot, usually a title that appears on each layer and reveals the next layer with additional content. Of course I take out the recorded narration and do it live.

I publish the amended story, and then open the folder and pull out the .swf file.  This file is amazing. Unlike other video, it responds to all the cursor clicks just as Storyline would on-line. But it isn't on-line, its right there on your hard drive and plays in your browser, at least it does on Firefox. I just present it as if it was PowerPoint,  Those who are accustomed to seeing a preview of the next slide in PowerPoint will miss that feature, but I never used it anyway.

Nonetheless, full conversion to PowerPoint is needed!

Diana Weiss

What is he process for conversion that you use. Do you have a step by step "roadmap" I can follow? And Yes, I totally agree.... Full conversion to PPT is very much needed!

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Steve Max

In speaking to Diana, I realized that I misspoke above. Don't pull out the .swf file. leave it in the folder with the other stuff when you click it. Of course you then project your desktop with your LCD projector after maximizing your browser to full screen.  If you published the story to a zip file, be sure to unzip it.

Chris Wall

I get why you can't export Storyline to PPT. It's a very different critter.

But, earlier in the thread, someone mentioned what I do: if an instructor wants to demonstrate an application to a live audience, I'll record it as a sim, but then I'll mess about with it in Storyline, changing the pause points, adding control buttons, pop-up questions, etc... 

In short, it's a PPT deck that reinforces the instructor, providing them with a smarter deck than PPT in that it knows exactly when to stop, and then, when it's OK to run, the simulation runs along... 

I then publish these courses a web content and put them on a file server on our intranet (don't try running them off a file server!). If I have a PPT deck that's the backbone of my course, I'll put links in that deck to my content that's published on the web server.

Works great! And it's less filling.

Chris Wall

My pleasure Ashley. I had been using lots of VBA in my PPT decks to make them do what I wanted (for instance, instead of using a flip chart to capture stuff, I'd create a slide with a giant text field in it that the faciliator could just type feedback from the class into).

But, if I use Storyline, I can simply create a big text variable to capture that.

Makes for smarter, more interactive presentations.

Jean K.

Hello everyone, 

I have a storyline presentation that we intend to use  like powerpoint with a wireless presenter.  I added a trigger to move to the next slide when the page down key is pressed (at the slide level as we are not using masters).  When I publish it to web and run it on two different notebooks (one windows 7 , one windows 8.1), it doesn't recognize the page down key ON EITHER computer, either hitting the page down  key itself, or trying it with the wireless presenter (the very common Logitech r400). 

Has anyone else experienced this???  Tech support is not being helpful here and this is putting us in a bad spot with an upcoming workshop scheduled next week.  It seems like I must have a bad setting in here if others are using this as a PPT replacement without issues.




Jean K.

Thanks. I would appreciate anything you can do to escalate this, since you
seem to have some familiarity with these issues. We're under a deadline
and while we have started rebuilding this in PPT as recommended by your
tech support, completely duplicating this is a huge waste of time and
resources. I'm hoping that some of the other technical people over there
on your team have seen this before and can give us some answers so we can
fix this storyline version, as rebuilding this in PPT will take significant
time. In reading the boards, it appears that people are successfully
using SL in live formats so it is hard to believe abandoning significant
development time is the proper fix.

So....any help is GREATLY appreciated. Thanks again.

Chris Wall


When you're presenting the content that you have in Storyline as if it were a more interactive PPT deck, do you have a remote pointer?

I know Kensington and Logitech both make devices for this, and, if you use devices like these, then you can just change your trigger to a mouse click sort of event. Our trainers use wireless mice and have used my Storyline simulations to demonstrate how to use software (if you're wondering why you don't just demo the actual software, sometimes it's just not practical; for instance, if the screen is busy, you may make it easier for your participants to see what's going on if you stick in a zoom region).

Some of our trainers have also found remote click apps for their cell phones that seem to work pretty well.

Jean K.

Hi Chris,

Sounds like you and your team are using SL as a PPT alternative without

We are using the logitech r400 basic one and that is working, but when we
put in the trigger to use the page up key to advance the slides we are
getting very erratic results:

--blanks out random screens after that
--works on the first screen, then any movement on the next blank slide is
suddenly not working

So just changing the triggers seems to have caused those changes. This
issue now appears to be in the Articulate software itself since we are
getting it in preview mode and the screens are appearing blank in the
editor as well.

Just really erratic stuff.....

Chris Wall

We started out having some problems, but then we realized that we were publishing to an LMS, and then accessing that output through our network's file server, not via a web server. That caused the presentations to behave, as you put it, very erratically.

We then published the content to CD, and, while that worked significantly better, it was still a little daffy at times.

What we ended up doing was publishing to web and then storing the output on a local web server we use for testing purposes (it's our black box!). Now it works great.

We access this Storyboard output by embedding a hyperlink in a PPT slide. Works great for us.