Help with locating my story content

Feb 12, 2019

Hello, hoping for direction on where to locate my Articulate Storyline Story content. I saved my story to a zip file to publish it as a Temp Share and I believe I may have changed the name of the file when I uploaded it to a Temp Share space.

 Do you know if the story is recoverable/available within the listed items in the zip file? I can’t seem to locate the icon of the articulate story content.

Thanks in advance!




3 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Helen,

When you publish your project, Storyline does not automatically save the .story file nor is it included in the published output. If you didn't choose to save it before closing down Storyline, you could look to see if it's saved within your temp folders. 

Here's how to check: 

1. Open this folder in Windows Explorer:  


2. Scan the contents of this folder for a file that starts with the name of your project. If you find one, copy it to your desktop. If you find more than one, copy the latest version to your desktop. 

3. Change the file extension of the copy on your desktop from *.tmp to *.story. 

4. Double-click the file to open it in Storyline. 

Hope that helps, and I also wanted to point out these other best practices for working on .story files.

Helen Mathias

Thanks for your response Ashley!

I have received this same instruction to check the temp folders from my IT colleague also and tried these steps... but unfortunately I have not been successful in locating it.

Thanks for the link, will check that out also.

Is there a way to get the story from the zip file??

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Helen,

The .story file isn't saved as a part of the zip folder, as that file structure is designed for upload to your web server or  Learning Management System (LMS) without any extraneous files. 

It's also not automatically saved upon publish, so if you didn't choose to save it, that would explain why it's not available. I'm sorry for the hassle this has caused you. 

I saw an interesting blog post from Tom the other day on converting older courses for HTML5 deployment specifically, but perhaps these same steps would help with your courses.