Hidden Word Activity

Jun 03, 2022

Happy Friday, E-Learning Heroes!

Seeking assistance, please help me. I have a hidden word activity where the user is able to click on the first letter of the word and a red box will appear to show it is selected. (I  have attached the slide for review).

I want to get away from selecting the first letter and instead select any letter of that word. The problem I see is where two words overlap and share a letter common to both words. Has someone come across this before and found a solution. Thanks for reading.


6 Replies
Joe Tansengco

Hello Carmelo,

Instead of assigning the triggers that reveal the red boxes and the word that was found to a single letter in your puzzle, you can make use of hotspots placed on top of the entire word to trigger the reveal. 

You can then make this change in your triggers that control the visibility of the red boxes and word boxes: 

  • The red rectangular boxes and word boxes, having a default state of hidden, will now be revealed when the learner clicks on the hotspots

This setup will allow the learner to click on any letter in the word to reveal it. I've attached a quick demo file where I made the changes above to the word 'Respectful'. Let me know if this works for you!

Carmelo Moschella

Hi Joe,

Thank you for your solution, the Hotspot does work well.


There is however a slight glitch using the hotspot. 

When I select the letter "E" for the word "CLEAR" to appear as it does. If I  next decide  to select the "E" in the word "CLEAR" to reveal the word " DETAILDED" the word will not appear.  I am forced to select another letter instead.  Any ideas to have the "E" be selected twice for both CLEAR and DETAILED?

Joe Tansengco

Hi Carmelo, 

The behavior that you ran into is a limitation of stacking clickable things together, but you can experiment with conditions in your triggers for the words that overlap. You can make use of variables and conditions in your triggers to setup something like this: 

  • True/False variable for the word "CLEAR"
  • When "CLEAR" hotspot is clicked, "CLEAR" rectangular box will appear and True/False variable for "CLEAR" will be set to true
  • You can then add a trigger condition that when a hotspot is clicked, and the True/False variable for the word "CLEAR" is already set to true, then a different rectangular box will appear instead

Here's a helpful article on how you can add conditions to your triggers in Storyline 360. 

Luciana Piazza

I'm so glad that my colleague Joe was able to provide a solution for you, Carmelo!

I just wanted to add a quick note: it looks like your signature came through when you replied via email. You can remove it by clicking ‘Edit’ below your response. Here’s a quick Peek 360 video if you need help.

Have a great day!