How can I delete unused variables?


I've already gone through this in some earlier thread where it was mentioned to rename, but wanted to know why can't I delete unused variables.

In fact, I'm following a pre-built template where I've some variables, that doesn't work properly for some trigger issues. So, I created similar variables and now want to delete the old ones. 

Variables to be removed

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Dave Cox

HI Deepak,

Those variables were created by storyline when a results slide was created. The second set was created when another results slide was created. Unfortunately, deleting the first results slide does not clean up the variables, and you can't access them to delete them. I've found the best thing to do is just leave them alone, and not worry about them. 

If you really want to get rid of them, you can create a new project, and import all of your slides except for the results slides from the old project. Then you can start from a clean slate. I've done this, and id does work, but usually I find it isn't worth the extra effort, as the abandoned variables won't effect your course in any way.

Deepak Mohanty

Thanks Dave,

However, for me, probably these variables were creating some kind of confusion, my custom Review and Retry buttons were not clickable and the scoring was not visible (even though the triggers were fine). So, I wanted to delete those. 

Anyways, as I was in time crunch, I simply deleted the result slides and recreated those while renaming unused result variables. Thanks anyways! 

Mark Shepherd

Hi Deepak:

You raise a good point in that there is currently no Storyline feature to quickly remove all unused variables in one step, menu click, or action. 

The most common approach is to delete variables such as these one at a time.

However, if you reuse a project, as I often do, I tend to create newer variables and then stop using many of the older ones from the older project.

I'll try to stop by Articulate Storyline's request link later today and make a specific feature request for this, if it hasn't been covered already, of course (!)


Lauren Connelly

Hi All!

I'm excited to report that today we released Update 36 (Build 3.36.21213.0) for Storyline 360!

One of the features we've added is the ability to select multiple variables and then copy, paste, or delete them at the same time. Use Ctrl+click, Shift+click, and Ctrl+A to multi-select variables. This new addition is sure to improve your workflow!

Now all you need to do is update your Articulate 360 Desktop app!