How to highlight text in a list with audio

Sep 05, 2013


I have a 5 text boxes (a list of items) that I want each one to highlight (change the color of the text) when the audio part says what's in the list - I thought I could use states and make one state change to color, but the text box only has hidden and normal as states... Is there a way to highlight the list as the audio plays? Thanks so much!

Stephanie Mahoney

13 Replies
Stephanie Mahoney

I found two work arounds -- I just have the line of text appear on screen when the audio part comes, and also used a whole block of text with bullets and did Add Animation > by first level paragraph to match up each bullet with the audio -- so, it'd be cool if there is a way to highlight lines as the audio plays, but if not the other ways work too.

Emily Ruby

Hi April,

This thread is a bit dated, but if you are using Storyline 2, you can achieve this effect. You can create new states on a text box, (Under Edit States) and use triggers to have them change states at a certain time on the timeline. You can set those triggers up by Cue points, or by timing.

Let us know if you need anything further!

Leslie McKerchie

Hello Amber and welcome to E-Learning Heroes 😊

Thanks for contacting us and sharing what you would like to create with your project.

I look forward to seeing the design ideas from the community. 

To help get you started, I wanted to link you to a couple of similar conversations here and here that may be the spark you are looking for to get started.

Viktor Jedich

Hi, so in all of those years of people asking for a feature to highlight text in sync with audio, articulate was not able to present a solution for this except telling people to use some hacky workarounds? This is something I would expect from open source software but not from a provider of paid software. IMHO

I would love to have a feature like that, because animating everything in only one second before it was said in the voice over, will discriminate visual learners that need the big picture.

Lauren Connelly

Hello Yogesh!

We don't currently have this feature in Rise 360, where text is highlighted while a video is playing. I encourage you to submit a feature request so our team can begin tracking this request. In the meantime, as a workaround, you might consider a similar interaction in Storyline 360.

I hope other community members will share if they've created something similar in their projects!