Next button flashes briefly even though hidden/disabled

Sep 13, 2018


I am using Storyline 360. I would like for the Next button on the Modern template playbar to be hidden or disabled until the user goes to the next slide. So, for example, they are viewing Slide 1. The Next button is hidden. The slide automatically advances to Slide 2 at the end of the timeline. If the user clicks the Previous button (or exits the module and then enters that slide again on the LMS), the Next button would become visible.

I set up triggers with variables.

Default for Variable 1 is False.

On slide 2, I added a trigger, "Variable 1 is set to True when timeline starts". 

Back on Slide 1, the Next button is hidden if Variable 1 is False. Also, on Slide 1, the Next button is Normal when Variable 1 is True.

So this is working... kind of. What's happening that I don't want is that the Next button is "flashing" quickly at the start of Slide 1 the first time I visit the slide if it's hidden. Or, if I just disable it, it's enabled for 2 seconds or so and I can click it. 

Any ideas how to keep the Next button from "flashing/enabling"? Perhaps I am using the wrong triggers/variables? 

Thank you! 


7 Replies
Alyssa Gomez

Hi Michele,

It sounds like you're almost there! I tried setting up similar triggers, and it seemed to work well. I didn't see the next button flash at all.

Do these triggers match yours?

Also, I'm curious -- instead of using all these triggers and variables, why not simplify things and use Restricted Navigation? This would allow learners to view the current slide and any slide they previously viewed, but they can't jump ahead or skip over slides using the course menu.

If you also want to restrict the player navigation buttons, mark the corresponding box to Restrict Next/Previous buttons.

Michele Micha

Hi, sorry for the delay. I didn't think anyone had replied - I didn't get an email. I am all for making it easier. Does Restricted mean that the Next button will be hidden/displayed until the timeline ends and then the next time the user visits the slide, the Next button is enabled immediately so they can skip the slide if they want? 

Also, yes, the two first triggers are what I had. For the Variable1 trigger, though, on which slide did you add that variable to become True? I assume the default is False? 

Thank you! I will check back here more frequently and check my email settings. 



Alyssa Gomez

That's right, Michelle. With Restricted Navigation, if the learner has already viewed a slide, the Next button will not be disabled when they revisit that slide. 

In my sample file, I added a trigger to adjust Variable1 to True on the second slide. And yes, the default value of the variable was False.

Let me know if Restricted Navigation works out for you!

Michele Micha


Restricted Navigation worked for one of the modules. But... I am having trouble with it in a few other modules. These other modules are set up so that the Next button should not appear at all until the user revisits the slide.

In one module, the slide triggers are set up so that the slide jumps automatically to the next slide when the timeline ends. Ideally, then when they revisit the slide, the Next button should be in Normal state so that a user can skip over the slide they watched and don't have to wait until the timeline ends until it advances. But, what's happening, is that the Next button is briefly flashing at the beginning of the slide the first time the slide is visited. 

Can I send my file to you to review to see what's going on? 

Thank you!



Sarah Vaughan

Hi, I know this is an old topic, so I hope someone might still see this. I'm using the latest version of Storyline, and have two slides that will automatically advance to the next screen. I've disabled the next button in the Slide properties for them. Just before the slide advances you briefly see the next button. (Flashes on and off in less than a few seconds) but it's long enough for the image to be seen. Any ideas on why or how to fix this?