Is there a way to change the default slide duration in Storyline 2?

Nov 26, 2014

In upgrading projects to Storyline 2, I've discovered (like so many others ahead of me!) that the slide duration (restricted) determines when the Next button is actually active. Is there a way to change the default or underlying slide duration for (a) upgraded .story files and (b) new projects? I tried decreasing duration to 1 second in the master and layout slides, but this doesn't affect the actual duration in the project slides. The only working solutions I've found so far is the tedious one of shortening the timeline on each and every slide on each project I upgrade. Borrrrinnnng and time-consuming. There must be a better way.

8 Replies
Steve Flowers

I'm not aware of a great way to shorten timelines globally but there is a shortcut key that can help with shortening longer timelines. Let's say your timeline is 1 minute and you want it to be shorter than 20 seconds. While dragging the end point of the timeline, hit the left arrow key. This will cause the timeline to contract to a much shorter time.

KC Chou

In the last 5 years, either the issue has been resolved to a trivial case or no one needs to worry about the default slide duration.  I am a new comer to Articulate (1+ month old).  I would also like to have some control on the default slide duration.  I assume it is set for 5 second as that is the default duration in Studio.  We have that option in Studio.  Why the elimination?

I would like to think that Storyline is an improvement over Studio.  So we should have everything in Studio plus new features added in Storyline.  May be programmers don't think like engineers.  Do I miss DOS and the old WordPerfect whenever my computer decides to have a brain of its own.  :-)

Leslie McKerchie

Hello KC,

I appreciate you chiming in to share your thoughts on the default slide duration in Storyline. 

Since Storyline 360 is used to create interactive courses, the default is for the slide to advance by user and not automatically.

We have a feature request to allow users to change the default timeline length, and I've added this conversation to our report. I wanted to share some information about how we manage these feature requests, which may be helpful.