HTML Links in Storyline

Sep 19, 2017

Hi all,

I am working on a project that contains an extensive glossary of terms. The goal is to create the glossary as an external html file that functions so that when a user clicks a hyperlinked word in the program, they are linked to that exact term in the html glossary. Would this mean each term would need a unique trigger leading to its corresponding place in the glossary file? Maybe this is me not knowing how to use the full functionality of Adobe IX as well, but I am thinking of making each term a bookmark in Adobe, and then exporting as html. Would that result in each term carrying a unique link that I could then set as the trigger in the Storyline project? We would want the user to be able to scroll through the html glossary as well, but be brought to the exact term upon clicking the link. Thanks for your help!

8 Replies
Michael Shannon

If you create an HTML page with internal anchors you can link directly to that glossary term and allow the user to scroll through the page after. It sounds like you're trying to use a PDF as your source file. If that's all you have to work with then you could add the anchors after you export to html which is pretty easy. 

You could also link to a specific area of a PDF but it is fraught with challenges, and I don't recommend it. 

Graeme Foulds


I have a similar issue that I would also like to resolve, without having to learn Javascript first!

I would like to place a command button in Storyline 2 that, when clicked, will open a separate MS Word document and the automatically jump to a specific place in that document.  In other words, I need Storyline to jump to a bookmark in a Word document.  

The reason why I need the link to an external Word document, instead of just putting the wording on a different Storyline slide, is that I want the user to copy the text the Word doc takes him to, and then use it by pasting it into an email, etc.  In short, therefore, I am using Storyline to navigate the user through a range of potential scenarios, in order to provide the specific wording to use for his particular situation (where the wording for each different scenario is earmarked with its own bookmark).

When working between MS Office products, the way to create such links appears to be by adding a hashtag and then the bookmark name to the end of the url address.  If one then references the url address with the # suffix in a hyperlink, the linked document opens at the exact spot of the bookmark, instead of just at the top of page one (which won't work for me, because there are hundreds of situations, and I can't expect the user to scroll through such a long document to find the right wording).

However, this "include the bookmark name in the url address" approach doesn't work in Storyline.  If I add a "Jump to URL/file" trigger to my command button and then add the directory location of the doc that I want to link to, including the #bookmark name portion directly after the file name in the url address, Storyline tells me that it is an "invalid URL or file not found".  If I remove the # portion, however, then it opens the linked doc, but only at the top of page one.

Is there a way to create a trigger that will jump to a specific point in a Word (or any other creatable type of) document?


Michael Anderson

You should just be able to replace the "link" between the quotation marks on the first line of the code. So replace "" with your link. Can you post a sample of what you link links like? I could try to replicate it in Word here.

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