Last date saved is not the last date...

Jan 06, 2020

Hi everyone,

Off late, in the Windows browser, the "Date" of a Storyline file no longer shows the "Modified date" but it shows the "Creation date" of the file. Even if I copy an existing Storyline file and paste it as a new file, the "Date" initally shows the current date (in my case Jan 6th 2020), but not much later this has changed to the "Creation date" of the file that I copied.

This is quite annoying, 'cause it makes you think you have lost your latest work. My heart actually skipped a few beats, I think. It is particularly tricky when you work with multiple developers and save your work on a network drive. 

To add to the confusion, it seems to be random. In the screenshot I attached, module 1 shows the correct date (I made some changes today) but module 2 shows the creation date... Last Friday, module 1 and module 2 had a date for Jan 3rd 2020 but today it's back to September... 

Also, in the screenshot, the files with "_old" are the original files, the ones without it were copied and pasted into the browser today. They featured the date Jan 6th earlier, but they have change to September since...

Has anything changed in the way that Storyline communicates metadata to the browser to show the creation date instead of the modication date? Can this be fixed? I can make do by adding the column "Date modified" to my browser window, but I'd be happier if the default date of the file in the browser is the date it was last modified.

FYI: my browser is in Dutch. "Datum" = "date", "Gewijzigd op" = "Date modified", "Aangemaakt" = "Date created".


Many thanks!

5 Replies
Lauren Connelly

Hi Kristin!

I'm happy to troubleshoot this with you. First, let's make sure the date and time on your machine are being displayed correctly.

If your system clock has the wrong time, you might see an incorrect modification date. Reset your system time, as described below.

Windows 10:

  1. Right-click the clock on your taskbar and choose Adjust date/time.
  2. When your settings appear, turn on the option to Set time automatically or enter the correct date and time manually.
  3. Close the settings window, then resave the .story file.

Let me know if this makes a difference. If not, we'll take a different route to troubleshoot.

Michelle M

I have noticed the same thing today - I thought I had lost my most recent work as the date was showing as 28-Aug. However when I hovered over the .story file I could see my most recent save data (today 23 Sep). Screen snip attached.

It's quite confusing....

I cannot adjust my date/time settings as only IT can access administrator settings on our work computers, but I've no reason to believe the time settings on my machine are incorrect.

James Mazur

This totally freaked me out because it's happened to me too. I have 3 or 4 SL files I'm working on but only ONE has this problem where the last saved date does not update. The changes re made and actually saved but because the date doesn't make sense I could easily be working on the wrong file.

Is this still a bug in SL? 


Lauren Connelly

Hello James!

I'm happy to help! It looks like in Michelle's case, the files were saving, but the order of the files was set to Date Created rather than Date Modified. This isn't a bug we've logged, so we'll want to work with you to troubleshoot this issue where the last saved date isn't updated. Please use the link below to begin working with our Support team.

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