is it possible to change the default story size?

Mar 15, 2013

When I create a new project, I'd like the default Story Size to be something other than 720 x 540. Is there some way to tweak the default settings, thereby avoiding the need to reset it for every new project?


21 Replies
Rod Nolan

Thanks, Natalie. But maybe I should rephrase my question. I'm looking for a way to change the default story size permanently so I can avoid taking the steps you describe. When I click the Story Size button on the ribbon in a new project, the same dimensions appear every time: 720 x 540. I'm looking for a way to change the dimensions for every new story I create to 1366 x 768.

Is there a way to permanently modify the default dimensions of the story for a new project? 

Jacqueline Lins

Hi all!

This discussion is a while ago but the topic is exactly my point.

I have already created a story template with another default story size, but everytime I am choosing this one the usual 4:3 size in Articulate Storyline 2 still remains. So I always have to change the story size manually before I start my new project.

Did it work for you to change the story size only in the template file, Bruce?

Thanks a lot!

Kiana Phi

I created an entire course in 4:3, 720x540 default size, but now the learners are viewing it on laptop screens that need the 720x405 size.  When I change the Story Size to 720x405 and unlocked aspect ratio, all of my slides are no longer centered.  Where is the option to center all of the slides when changing the story size?  Desperately need help!  TY!

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Kiana,

When you change your story size, if you decrease the story size, you'll have to choose one of the options in the section that appears called If new size is smaller:

  • Scale To Fit: This scales existing slide content to fit proportionately within the new size. Objects that have locked aspect ratios will maintain their ratios. Objects that don't have locked aspect ratios may change shape, depending on the story size you choose. (Learn more about locking aspect ratios.)
  • Crop: This crops your content to fit within the new size. If you choose this option, the Next button will become active. Click Next to define the crop area for each slide in your project. Drag the green box to indicate the portion of each slide you want to keep. Click Apply to All Slides, or use the green arrows to edit each slide individually.

It's best to change the story size before you add any slides. Otherwise, you may need to resize or rearrange objects in your story to accommodate its new size.

Kiana Phi

Thanks for your response Ashley!  So one of the screens being viewed by users is a Mac laptop and another is a Chrome laptop.  The Chrome one indicated its best resolution is 1366x768, but to Custom resize it in Storyline means unlocking the Lock Aspect ratio.  What will that do to all of my images? 

Crystal Horn

Hi Kiana!  It's hard to predict exactly what would happen, but you might see some objects on your slide become misaligned or moved depending on how great the deviation is from your original size settings.  The short version:  It might make a little more work for you in terms of realigning everything on your slide to look it's best in the new dimensions.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Kiana,

The laptop or browser shouldn't make a difference unless it's an unsupported set up. You can see the supported browsers here. To ensure the best quality in terms of your published output I would look at locking the player and browser setting to the optimal size as described here. 

Maria Costa-Stienstra

Hi, Shua, and welcome to E-Learning Heroes! ✨

Thank you for adding your voice to this feature request, which is now linked to this discussion. While I don't have any news to share, we will be sure to update you when we get new information.

This article explains how we work to prioritize feature requests.

Joseph Francis

What would be useful would be to allow me to set global settings which are retained for each new project. The Storyline 360 "launch page" has a lot of unused real estate (several months ago, I asked "how much longer do I really need to know that Adobe is ending Flash support on 12/31/2020?" Guess what? It's still there!) which could be leveraged. Why not have Default Story Size there, where I can select from one of the built-in settings, or dial one of my own in?

Along with that, how about other settings, including:

  • Publish Settings
  • LMS Output Options
  • Default development directory
  • Player Properties
  • Slide properties
  • Default Slide Master
  • Default Feedback Master
  • Default Project Theme
  • Default Theme Fonts
  • Default directory for media import, including picture, video, and audio
  • Default interactive objects properties
Leslie McKerchie

Hello everyone!

Great news!  We just released another update for Articulate 360 and included a few new features, enhancements, and fixes you'll see in the release notes.

The item you'll be interested in is:

New: Create courses faster by changing the default slide dimensions for new projects.

Just launch the Articulate 360 desktop app on your computer and click the Update button for Storyline 360. You can find all of the details here.

Please let us know if you have any questions, either here or reaching out to our Support Engineers directly.