Player Keyboard Shortcuts

Oct 16, 2012

Good Morning!

I've been doing some unsuccessful searching and have now run out of time so I need to ask the community

Are there any keyboard shortcuts for the Storyline player?  I'm having a bit of a headache with accessibility standards this morning :(

Thanks in advance,


22 Replies
Christine Hendrickson

Hi Mike!

I've looked around for information on this for you. So far, I don't see a list of default keyboard shortcuts for the player, itself. However, I did find out that some published files, particularly in Flash do allow users to tab through the options in the player.

It's a little tedious, but it is possible for some published files.

To test this, make sure you've clicked inside the presentation. If students hit the "tab" key on their keyboards, they should be able to navigate through the different sections of the player, including the "Previous" and "Next" buttons. Once the button or menu item is selected, hitting "space" on the keyboard should activate the object they've selected.

The selected item should appear highlighted as shown in the image above, if this feature is possible with the published file.

As I mentioned before, though, this may not work with all published files. It may also depend on how the student is viewing the file.

I certainly hope this information helps. If you're able to find any additional information about navigating through the player using keyboard shortcuts, please share!

Have a great evening,


Mike Walters

That's a good suggestion Christine!

I have seen that before as I used it when playing with some text variables (and it is mentioned in the Section 508 compliance blurb).  You're right thought, it is very long winded and a bit painful to do it this way!

It just surprises me that Storyline would not have keyboard shortcuts for navigation when Studio certainly does.


eLearning Web Development

Hi Mike,

I was just wondering if you found a solution to this because I am trying to do the same thing.

The only solution I have figured out so far is to create slide triggers for every slide. For example, Jump to previous slide When the user presses the Left key. These are kind of time consuming to add, so if you found another solution that would be great!

I realize this is an old post, but I thought it was still worth a shot.

jeremy knight

I have a course I built last month in story line that has keyboard shortcuts. exp. left, page down, and down button go Prev Screen and right, page up and right go Next Screen, space pauses, and then tab is default to tab through. Question is i built another course today with the same template i built, and keyboard shortcuts aren't working. there are no calls/triggers for each on slide( in either of them), and to be honest i can't figure out how the first ones are even working. anyone know where this can be set at? i know it can work just how....thanks

jeremy knight

i figured out what i did, im to smart for my own good. i setup a master slide look with all my triggers built into it. so when im building i don't see that there are any triggers on it unless i go into master slide view. and since my page names were different they triggers were unassigned. so just reapplyed to new names and all is good..thanks for input though, that would probably do the same thing just with hidden objects not master slide.

Michelle Lentz

Was this ever figured out? I'm trying to optimize for Accessibility and we need keyboard triggers to move next/previous on each page. I've discovered that sometimes they work; sometimes they don't and it's completely random. It's also a giant pain to have to individually add triggers to each page of a course, but they don't seem to work at all if added from the Master slide. 

Steve Whittaker

I understand from the above discussion that I can add navigation controls to each slide or a template for future presentations but I'm converting a lot of Studio files to Storyline for accessibility and would prefer to avoid making these changes to each slide.  Did Storyline 3 every build in keyboard shortcuts for the player that will pause/play and go to previous and next slide without requiring the user to tab through all of the content and controls?  A screen reader user often needs to pause the narration then tab through slide content then quickly start narration again with independent control. 

Alyssa Gomez

Hi Steve,

I really appreciate the insight you've shared here. While there isn't a keyboard shortcut for learners to play and pause the timeline independently of the tab order, I can see how that would be a useful feature for accessibility. I'd be happy to bring this feedback up with the team, so thanks for the idea!

Ren Gomez

Hi Alex,

Great news!  We just released another update for Storyline 360 and included a few important fixes and new features you'll see in the release notes here.  
The item you'll be interested in is how we added more keyboard shortcuts for learners, including play/pause, previous, next, and submit. Plus, learners can now use the ESC key to close the shortcuts screen.
Just launch the Articulate 360 desktop app on your computer and click the Update button for each application. Details here.
Please let us know if you have any questions, either here or by reaching out to our Support Engineers directly.