How do I enter a specific duration for a slide?

Dec 28, 2016


This may be a silly question, but how do I shorten the duration of a slide, other than dragging the end line to adjust the display time?

I have slides that have had a video that extended the timeline to 3 minutes when the video was added to the slide.  If I remove the 3-minute video and want to return the slide timing to :15 seconds, for do I do that?

It's not uncommon for me to duplicate a slide due to content I want to carry over, but need to remove a longer element, like a video. So, I don't want to disturb earlier elements on the slide, just want to shorten the slide's duration.

Thanks for your help...and for not laughing!


9 Replies
Alyssa Gomez

Hi George!

That's not a silly question at all! In fact, there are no silly questions here. :)

The only way to shorten the timeline is to click and drag - there isn't a feature that allows you to enter a specific duration for the timeline. 

One way to shorten the timeline quickly is to use the zoom slider to zoom out on the timeline, so you don't have to scroll back and forth along the timeline, shown below. Then, click and hold the end of the timeline, and as you drag to the left, hit the left arrow key on your keyboard. The timeline will jump back to the duration of the shortest object on the timeline. 

George Briggs

Thanks Alyssa!  That gets me where I want to go pretty quickly.

I nice option would be to right-click the timeline and enter a desired duration, or have a "snap to" option to shorten the slide duration to the end of the nearest object on the timeline.

For now, I'm happy!  I really appreciate the help.

Lauren Connelly

Hi all!

I am jumping into this discussion to share that we just released Storyline 360 (Build 3.63.27628.0) which includes changes to the timeline.

New: Create slides faster with time-saving upgrades to the timeline. Multi-select objects and move them all at once. Choose where pasted objects appear in the stacking order or even paste them into an existing group. Align objects to the playhead or vice versa. And when the timeline is too long, you can instantly reset it to five seconds or shorten it to the object with the longest duration.

Now all you need to do is update Storyline 360 in your Articulate 360 desktop app!

If you have additional questions, don't hesitate to reach out in this discussion or in a support case.