Layer always on top

Sep 21, 2012

Hi there,

I was wondering if anyone can shed some light onto this dilemma I am having.

I am looking to create a layer that is always on top (of everything). I've looked at the settings but am unable to locate anything currently.

Is this possible? For example a logo that could be on top of all screens including feedback screens for quizes etc? I don't want to include the menu or standard logo position so was hoping there was a way around this.

Bearing in mind the course might be 50 screens long, so any reduction in actions would be best.

Any help is greatly appreciated.



43 Replies
Marge Rutter

Hi Wilmari...

I found the solution that Nancy Woinoski provided many years ago to work well for me:

...if you really want to item to sit on top of the content, you can add a layer to your slide master and place the logo or whatever on the layer. Then on the slide master page (not the layer ) add a trigger that says show layer when the timeline starts.

Any object that you have on the layer will appear on top of the content on your slides.

Wilmari van der Merwe

Thank you Marge
I was able to do that, but there are a few slides in the scene that does not accept this trigger and the item on the top layer in slide master is hidden.

The logo, for example, will show on slide 1 and 2, be missing on slide 3 and then appear on slide 4 again.

Do you know of anything that might cause this?

Vincent Scoma

Hi Kristoffer,

We are continuing to track requests for this feature, so I appreciate you sharing your voice of what you would like to see changed! While I don't have an update to share at this time, I will be adding your comments to our report. 

We'll be sure to reach back out with updates as soon as we have more details to share! 

Mark Wheeler

Thanks Nejc, I'd already gotten halfway there with the use of the layer (which dissapears when others are shown).

But this is pretty ingenious! well done for working it out.
Although I do need to go through my project and change the way loads of button/triggered layers work now.

While it does work, it is a pretty convoluted work around for something that really should just be an option within the software. 

Math Notermans

There is a simple Javascript solution for this.
Change the z-Index of any element in Storyline...

let myElement = document.querySelector("[data-acc-text='myAccName']");
gsap.set(myElement , {css:{zIndex:1000}}) 

Where ofcourse you need to ensure your zIndex is above all others.
The values for z-index must be an positive/negative integer. This doesn’t mean you can have unlimited z-axis layers! The maximum range is ±2147483647.