Lightbox Change Size?

May 03, 2012

Sorry, can't find a previous response to this and new users will be interested I'm sure.

Can I adjust the lightbox size?  Doesn't appear so, but I may have missed something.


31 Replies
Kevin Thorn

Nope. The lightbox is restricted to that size. In addition, there is no current ability to control where the user goes when clicking the little red x to close the lightbox - always goes back to where the user came from.

The advantage of a lightbox is for global course content where it can be accessed from any slide.

Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Tracy, thanks for asking this. I'd posted (maybe an hour ago in another spot) this question

Not sure where to post this question. Is there a way to edit the lightbox effect? Posting here because TK showed how to apply it with a web object slide. And while I'm asking, will there be a documentation PDF for Storyline, like we have for the Studio products?

So, what I'd wanted to do was change the border. I'd been following a tutorial where Tom created a web object on a slide and when a button was clicked on another slide, the web object was set so the web page came up in a lightbox. Mine worked, but it looked to me like he'd changed the border on the lightbox.

Hadn't thought of  the layer idea, but in this situation that's not what he did. So, to Kevin's point about it being restricted in size, is it restricted with regard to all modifications?

simon norton

Phil Mayor said:

Hi Rebecca you cannot edit the effect.  You can as Brian suggests create your own pseudo lightbox.  You could even dd this as a slide master layer so it will be avilable on all slide

Hi Phil, Could you expand on how to hide and show a slide. I have it working for a layer, though as you say, it doesn't exist across all slides.

Tom Lunzer

My two cents. Ok the pseudo light box idea is fine if you don't care where your user ends up when he closes the slide. That is to say you only want the light box on a specific slide. But the real light box (as a menu tab)  is global so when you open, then close it, you are exactly where you left off in the menu navigation. If your course has a long navigation menu, and you want the fake light box throughout your course (like a help menu).you would have to copy and paste that fake light box slide layer onto every slide in your course so the user can close the fake light box and still be where he was when he opened it. Not very efficient.

I have a better idea Articulate Storyline people! Let's get on that option to adjust the size, and background transparency for the next version.

Christine Hendrickson

Hi there Tom,

Thanks very much for sharing your feedback here.

If you'd like to see this in a future version, however, I would recommend sharing your feedback with our product development team. You can do so through this form. I also recommend being as detailed as possible - the information you shared here would be great - the more information, the better!

Thanks again,


Kevin Thorn

Hey Tom,

You're correct. There are advantages and disadvantages for both the default Ligthbox and creating your own pseudo lightbox.

Default advantages: Simple and quick. Covers the entire player. 

Default disadvantages: No way to customize the transparency background. No way to customize the close button or it's trigger.

Pseudo advantages: Complete control on the look/feel. Close button can be triggered to go anywhere by evaluating variable conditions.

Pseudo disadvantages: Only covers slide content area, not entire Player. More level of effort to create and control.

I create more pseudo-style lightboxes than I use the default option. Most often I build the functionality on a master slide and any slides related to that master are placed in their own scene (usually the last scene in Story View) and not tied to main navigation. I've built several custom menu navigation slides this way and trigger it from the a global button or top bar tab. A set of variables manage and evaluate the user's location so no matter where they accessed the lightbox they will return to the same place it was triggered from. Again, the advantage is you have complete control. The disadvantage is the time to custom build them.

In the end it comes down to a design consideration as Storyline can do just about anything 100 different ways.

Maansi Mudgal

Hi Steve,

I downloaded your story file and the example is working perfectly. However, I am not able to understand how that lightbox is appearing. I dont see the content of lightbox on any layer. I can see there are triggers but those are just to increment the value of a variable.

When I execute the code it works fine. May be I am missing something. Please let me know where the lightbox stuff is hidden. 



Christine Hendrickson

Hi Maansi,

Looks like Steve's lightbox is actually contained within a layer within a layout in his Master slide.

He's triggering that layer when the variable is adjusting (by clicking that button in the slide) and the layer is opening from the layout itself. 

If you'd like to know more about Master Slides and layouts, this tutorial will help with getting started:

Using Slide Masters - E-Learning Heroes

I hope this helps!

* Great job, Steve :)

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