Multiple timelines on single slide?

Jun 10, 2021

Hi everyone, 

I am working on a slide with 7 layers. I have made it so that it is a slide show where it will jump to the next layer after the pervious, then will trump back to the original beginning once all layers have been viewed. Also all layers have there own tab on the slide, which I have deactivated until all 7 layers have been presented already. 

I am asking if there is a way to make an additional timeline on the original slide (before layers) so that I can provide additional instructions that a person is able to now click on any tab if they want to refresh a certain area (after all 7 layers have been presented). 

Currently, I can only think to remove my layers, and combine all layer info into one slide, then making it so the information shows at a certain time and at the end have a new text box informing them they can now click on any tab to review if they want. Since I already split it up in layers, I just wanted to reach out to see if I don't need to reformat but can just use a trigger or variable to make this happen instead. 

If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. I have attached the slide in question. 

3 Replies
Maria Costa-Stienstra

Hi, Salena, and welcome to E-Learning Heroes! ✨

Thank you for sharing your .story file!

There are several ways to accomplish what you're looking for, and I'll leave it to our talented community members to give you suggestions on how to re-structure your file. 

Without changing what you have so far, my recommendation would be to duplicate your slide, but on the second one, remove the timeline triggers and enable the buttons. Once the first slide finishes going through, you can set up a trigger to jump to the second one, where the user will be free to move around the layers. 

Windows 10 (1) 2021-06-11 at 11.18.42 AM

You can also add the textbox to the second slide with instructions for the users. 

I am attaching the edited .story file here with my suggestions.

Let me know if this works!

Walt Hamilton

There is a simpler method; don't overthink this.

Change the text on the body on slide 1 when the variable changes. For each layer, Jump to the next layer when the timeline ends if the Covid variable is False. (see SignIn/Out layer.)

I also added a trigger to SI/O layer to keep it from fading the second time If you would prefer that.

And of course, you don't need these triggers on the layers, because the layer is already showing and showing a layer that is already showing doesn't do anything.


John Morley


Unless I am missing something, it seems this would be easier as different slides, rather than layers on a single slide. A true/false variable on each slide could let you track how many slides had been seen, then unlock the navigation when all are true.

A master slide configured with the navigation arrows would provide the same benefit of the base slide being seen along with all of the layers.

RE: Timed 

I also question why the layers are timed to auto-advance. We all read at different speeds, and a basic tenet of adult-learning theory is that learners want control. Which means that most learners want to change the layer/slide when they are good and ready.