Issue with importing PowerPoint with Action Button


I am wondering if anyone has run into this issue before. When I import a PowerPoint file with a transparent Action button into Storyline 2 or 360, the associated action (hyperlink) is not transferred over. Normally, a trigger would be added for the Action button.

Any ideas on why this might be happening?


7 Replies
Crystal Horn

Hey there, Brian.  I did a quick test, and my hyperlinked text in PowerPoint successfully became "jump to slide" triggers in Storyline 360. 

  • What version of PowerPoint are you using?
  • Do you also have Articulate Presenter installed?  If so, what version?  These are the supported actions in Presenter.
  • Could you attach your PowerPoint file here for me to test out?


Leslie McKerchie

Hey Brian,

Thanks for sharing your sample file. I am certainly seeing the behavior you are reporting now.

The difference seems to be importing as a picture vs a text box.

I can accomplish your goal by choosing a solid fill and 100% transparency.

Scene 1 in the attached file is your pptx and Scene 2 is the image adjusted as I mentioned above. As you can see it imported with the Jump to Slide as expected.

I'm going to share this with my team. Sorry if this has slowed you down.

Brian Dombrowski

Hi Leslie,

You're welcome. Thanks for providing a workaround for this. The other way I did this was to convert the invisible action button to another shape and it imported in fine.

Would this issue be addressed in future upgrades of 360? The reason why I ask is because I know there are trainers in our company who develop a lot of learning using this feature in PowerPoint and have it uploaded to Storyline by others who have access to the tool.

Leslie McKerchie

Hey Brian,

Glad that was helpful and glad to hear that you had found a way around it as well. Thanks for sharing your solution as well :)

As I mentioned above, I have shared this with my team and we will continue to keep an eye on it to evaluate how many customers are impacted and what impact it has on courses. The number of customers and depth of impact are two of the elements that help us prioritize bugs and fixes.

Here’s some more detail about how we tackle them when they occur. I’m really sorry that I can’t say if this issue will be fixed but you’re in the right place to stay updated on this bug’s progress.

Alyssa Gomez

Hi Brian! As promised, I wanted to let you know we fixed the issue you reported where hyperlinked objects did not import from PowerPoint correctly.

Install the latest Storyline 360 update to take advantage of all the recent features and fixes.

If the problem happens again, please record a Peek 360 screencast for me, and I’ll be happy to help!