Previous button - to the previous slide in the sequence of slides or the last slide visited?

Sep 16, 2021

I'm getting ready to go through my course now to set a trigger on each slide to set PREVIOUS to go to the previous slide in the sequence rather than the last slide visited. Need this because when users choose a slide from the menu they get thrown off when PREV takes them back to the earlier slide (often in another lesson) rather than the previous slide in the current lesson.

I seem to remember a thread about an option of 'previous slide visited' or 'previous slide in the sequence'. Does anyone else remember that? And, yes, we would have to have use triggers to move from one lesson to another, but that would still be a lot less work than a trigger on each individual screen.

12 Replies
Maria Costa-Stienstra

Hi, Carrie.

Thank you for reaching out!

The Jump to Previous trigger in Storyline is related to the previously viewed slide (similar to a browser back button), not necessarily the slides' sequence.

While you can't set this automatically for every slide, the best way to ensure the navigation you need is to manually point to the specific slide number you want the user to go to.  

We also have a feature request logged to allow users to set the logic for the Previous slide trigger. 

I'm adding this discussion to the report, and I will come back to update you if I have any news to share or if this request makes it to our feature roadmap. 

Carrie Eaton

Thanks, Maria. I just wanted to be sure I wasn't missing something. 

And, yes, the current functionality is similar to a browser back button....but training isn't the same as browsing. We organize our courses to move through material in a logical sequence that best suits the material and builds the learner's thinking, so having an option for last viewed or previous screen in the sequence would be a real time saver over manually adding a trigger to each screen.

If anyone else reading this would like this choice, perhaps you could chime in. I imagine one consideration for what makes it to the feature roadmap is community requests.

Thanks for your help, Maria!

Audrey Rice

I second the motion to have the Previous button go to the previous slide in the SEQUENCE, not the one that was visited. As someone noted earlier, browsing training material is not the same as browsing the internet. 

Please let us easily change this option rather than forcing us do the laborious task of programming each and every slide. Some of our videos are close to 100 slides!

Thanks in advance.