Prevent slide from publishing

Jun 12, 2014

I assume there is no way to do this BUT unless you ask, right? I wanted to know if there is a way to prevent a slide(s) from publishing along with the rest of the package? I thought of creating slides that would hold reusable assets (graphics, buttons, interactions, etc) but it would be for ease of development and wouldn't need to be published and would add unnecessary overhead. I know you could do that in other tools but I don't see that option. I know I could do the same in another "toolbox" SL file and copy/paste but it would be nice if you could keep it tied to triggers and variables in the same project template.

5 Replies
Christine Hendrickson

Hi Jason,

If it's not a matter of file size, you could just hide/skip those slides or scenes. 

Personally, what I like to do is use a Storyline file with all of my commonly used objects, etc., and build a new project from that file. Save it as a new file, then delete the additional content I have in place from my "starter" version. 

Another method I use is slightly similar, but these base files I use are usually with different elements on each slide. For example, one slide may have a collection of images, the next with videos, shapes, etc. I'll import a specific slide into the new project - place them where I want them and then delete the slide I inserted from the base "starter" file. 

It's really just a matter of making it a quick reference/resource for files I use the most. 

Good luck!


Michael Fimian

Also, in SL, if you edit your menu entries carefully and don't use Next buttons to go the "hidden" sections of content at the end of a Storyline, you can store extra slides and sections without the user ever knowing it;  later and once updated, you can add the "new" material via the navigation buttons and the menu system to open up that section...

Jason Johnson

Good suggestions, of course! But it does add to the overhead of the published package which can be an issue. Just having a little slide-level setting to "Don't include when publishing" would give you the best of both worlds. I want to see that Articulate Studio had this feature. What would REALLY be nice would be to have a library which serves the same purpose and you don't have to worry about it accidentally getting published (ala Flash).

Christine Hendrickson

I totally agree, that would be awesome :) 

If you haven't already, you might want to consider putting that in as a request. I think I may as well! 

I haven't had to consider size or storage costs, etc., but it would eliminate some of the extra steps I take to remove content. Especially when testing files - if we only need to test a specific scene, we wouldn't need to publish the others that are included in a project just to see if one button, line of text, or image is misbehaving. 

Have a great day and thanks for bringing this up, Jason!

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