How to Customize Tab Order for a Layer

Oct 18, 2018


I'm developing an eLearning piece in Storyline 3 and need to customize the tab order for a new layer.  When I go to Tab Order and remove/add shapes, the tab order I create for the new layer seems to override the tab order I had for the base layer.  Basically, the base layer and the new layer become identical in their tab orders.

How do I create a tab order for my new slide layer that's different from the base layer?


10 Replies
Alyssa Gomez

Hello, Andrea!

All objects for the slide will appear in the Tab Order window, including objects from layers. The objects on layers should be at the top of the Tab Order list.

If that setup isn't working well for you, can you tell me more about what you're trying to do? There might be another way to go about it!

Andrea Fabian

Hi Alyssa,

Thanks for looking into this.  I want to enable someone who progresses through my module using a keyboard to only tab over the items on the active layer.  So if we're on the main slide layer, they should only be accessing items on that layer.  And if they're on an additional slide layer, they should only be able to tab over the items I've listed as 'tabable' on that layer.

I don't want the tabable items to be identical from layer to layer.


Sue Meehan

Hi there, 

is there any update on this? I had no idea that you couldn't customise tab order for each layer. Does this mean that the user has to tab through every item from all layers including the base layer on every layer? Is there a workaround for this? Otherwise it means that layers are effectively not usable in an accessible project. I have included a lot of them in my project and was not aware of this issue.



Leslie McKerchie

Hi Sue,

I do not have an update to provide on this feature request. We are continuing to track user feedback and this conversation is linked to our report.

Tab order can be customized per slide. All of the slide objects, including those on the layers, are included.

You can read more here:

Customizing the Tab Order of Slide Objects

One suggestion would be to copy/paste the layers in your project to create new slides. That would alleviate the limitation you're currently experiencing with the layers. I look forward to ideas from others in the community.

Domenick Chiddo


I am just reading this thread as I learn how to customize the tab order on a layer.  From what I can tell, even though all objects from the entire slide -- including all layers -- appear in the same list for customizing tab order, once you actually preview or view the slide, you can only tab through the objects that actually appear onscreen at any given moment.  In other words, when viewing Layer A, the user will not need to tab through all the objects on Layers B, C, D, etc.  Hopefully this helps.