Next button not always appearing when you go back to a slide

May 09, 2016

We are in the process of updating our courses. As such, I have the Next button set to Hidden at the start of the timeline, until certain conditions are met, as shown below.

On several slides, my reviewer is saying "Completed slide and then hit Prev to go back and review. After re-completing slide, Next did not appear. Re-did it, ensuring the audio bar continued even after the Red X was available, and it still happened again.​"

The following slide all have this issue, according to my reviewer: Driver Safety Program, Road Hazards, 12 Life Savers 1-6, Pre Drive Inspection and Allowable Practice.

Here is the SCORM Cloud link:  

39 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

See, and with that Melissa you see with Storyline there is always more than one way to set something up. It really depends on your own process, how you think through the logic, etc. which is why another set of eyes is always helpful.

Wendy, your interstate trips are likely much longer than mine. Hope your bags arrive soon! 

Victoria Sublette

Hi Wendy! I don't get how this works (but it does). I even set the slide to reset to initial state, but it worked (I didn't see the Next button first time around, but I did on the second time).

How does this work? I thought reset to initial state would make start the timeline on the slide over and therefore suppress the Next button.


Wendy Farmer

Hey Victoria

nice to hear from you - I assume you are referring to the story file above I uploaded for Melissa.

I used a number variable to count the number of times the slide starts - this variable overrides the 'reset to initial' state option.

So the first time, the variable is = 1 it hides the next button, when the timeline of the first slide starts again, the number variable increments to 2 and shows the next button and will continue to do so every time that slide starts UNLESS I set another trigger to stop the variable from counting.

Variables are 'king' ;-)

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi all,

Thanks for your patience as we investigate the issue associated with the next button not being normal/accessible on a revisit to a slide where you had initially set it to hidden at the start of the slide.  It’s been determined that this behavior is as expected based on what the triggers are telling Storyline, although it may not match what you wanted to occur.

Since the previous/next buttons are set to be hidden at the start of the slide via triggers, when returning to the slide the command given to Storyline is to hide the buttons as soon as the slide starts. The slide is resuming the saved state of the previous/next buttons as expected, but then the triggers tell Storyline to hide them as soon as the slide loads.

This is where applying the conditions to those initial triggers will come into play - as you’ll want to adjust the next/previous buttons to “hidden” only if the user has not visited this slide before. You’ll see this set up in the file I attached that has that trigger/condition set up associated with the state change of the next player button.

Please let us know if you have any other questions!

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