Next button not working in Storyline2

Nov 04, 2014

I've imported a course we originally created in Storyline1. The course has locked navigation to prevent students from skipping ahead and it works great on our LMS. We've just upgraded to Storylinev2 and I've imported our course-- which is now not work. The Next button does not progress the student. If I turn of the "locked" navigation, it works fine. But we must have this course locked down. What's going with Storyline2 and navigation?

11 Replies
Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Hi Melanie,

By default, the Next button in SL2 doesn't work until the timeline is complete if Restricted navigation is on. Although I haven't tested for Locked navigation, I'm sure the same is true. Have done a quick search and can't seem to find a link to the next button in SL2.

A couple people have come up with workarounds. Here's the thread

Emily Ruby

Hello Melanie!

Locked navigation means learners can only view slides in the order you've designed. They can't jump ahead or skip over slides, nor can they go back to any previously viewed slides.

The next button would not progress the slides under Locked navigation until the timeline of each slide is viewed, and only in the order in which the course is designed to go.

Melanie F

Okay, so this is different than SL1-- and a real bummer because we have a number of legacy courses we need to update. Once I pull those courses into SL2, the timeline is going to dictate what's going to happen with my locked navigation. By default, SL1 assigned timeline values for various elements on each slide in my courses. So does this mean I have to go slide-by-slide for every SL1 course that I've created w/ restricted navigation, and then in SL2 change the time to be just 1 or so seconds for every single slide??? That seems to be a lock of work and we have so large courses. There must be a faster workaround???

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Melanie,

There is a change in how the navigation occurs from SL1 to SL2, and what that means for the next button. There are a few threads where users have looked at ways to adjust this to fit what they had previously or to ensure they could lock the menu but not lock down the slide's timeline for the next button. Here is one I just saw that I thought I'd point you to. 

Bobbi Bailey


This issue was almost a show-stopper for my organization.  We were seriously on the verge of reverting back to SL1.  However, I refused to settle for "it can't be done" and have tried many different things. in the link Ashley pointed to above (or here), I provide details on a very nice work-around for this... one that doesn't cause you to lose any other functionality or compromise somewhere to achieve what you want.  If you need help, please feel free to send me a message and I will be glad to lend a hand.

Best of luck!


Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Thanks Bobbi for popping in here to share that - and Melanie, if you need to get in touch with Bobbi or have questions about how she set it up - there isn't a private message feature in the Heroes forum any longer, so you may want to post here or her other thread (assuming she's subscribed she'll receive an email notification of new posts) or try to connect with her on LinkedIn or similar. 

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