Print list of triggers

Dec 06, 2012


I have a bug with my triggers, but there are so many I would like to know if it is possible to print my triggers (and only them), to go through on the paper and not on my screen. I mean it could be easier to look for my mistake on paper. 

If you know how to do it, thank you very much ! 

43 Replies
Jonathan Bacon

I assume in the past year there's been no progress in creating a feature to print the code for multiple triggers? I have slides that should behave the same yet they don't (the triggers should increment variables and then changing a hidden object/image to the normal state when the variable hits a specific value). The triggers work on 7 out of 10 slides but not the others and I cannot figure out why without printing the triggers and comparing side by side. All the slides where generated from a master slide, so there's no reason they shouldn't all behave properly, except that maybe I've accidentally junked up the code. Opening one slide, checking its triggers and then opening another doesn't work. Any progress on a print feature from the trigger code?

Jonathan Bacon

Okay, sometimes after a post and time to reflect I think of my own solution. There's a free product from TechSmith called Jing (just Google it). I was able to expand the Triggers window and do a couple of screen captures (see attached) to give me a hardcopy of the code. Before I did that (in this particular case) I duplicated a slide that worked as needed and modified it to replace the defective slide. Still don't know what happened, but a work-around saved me some time.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Jonathan,

The ability to print your trigger's is not something in Storyline yet, and I don't have any information on if/when it would be included but you're welcome to share this scenario for the why you would like to see it which may help our Development team have a better handle on what you'd like to do and why. 

It sounds like you were able to resolve the slides causing the trouble, and it makes me wonder if you've confirmed all the following which could cause odd Storyline behavior: 

  • Work on your local drive (your C: drive).Working on a network drive or a USB drive can cause erratic behavior, includingfile corruption, loss of audio, and other unexpected behavior. 
  • You should also make sure the directory pathto your project files and your published output is less than 260 characters(for example C:\Articulate).
  • Avoid using special characters, accents orsymbols in your file names.
Emily Allen

I would love to be able to print the triggers and variables as a publish option. I work in a corporate training environment, so one person doesn't always work on the same projects when they are updated. I would love to be able to print the slide objects/layers, notes, and triggers/variables to be able to explain the purpose of the triggers and how they work together. This would help us as we archive documents and to help the next person who picks up the project. In JavaScript and HTML, we can add notes alongside the code, but in Storyline I don't know of a way to do that. 

Linda Vincent-Smith

I'm going to add my two cents here. I'm faced with needing to review some very complicated triggers for the third project in the past couple of months. I have been using screenshots into a Word doc to accomplish this, but it is very time consuming and not very pretty. For longer triggers I have to open the edit trigger box and screenshot that too. 

For those of us taking our eLearning to a higher level than what we could do in PowerPoint, the ability to get a print of the triggers would be valuable. Even the ability to print triggers on a a slide-by-slide or layer-by-layer basis would be a wonderful first step in the process.

Dave McGann

Thanks, I've solved it with undocking and printing screen shots

Dave McGann
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Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Yakov,

Are you looking to copy and paste triggers? You can do that within Storyline but there isn't yet a feature to copy and paste the text of those triggers to an external document like Word. 

Hope that helps clarify and we'll keep you posted on any new features connected to triggers here in the E-Learning Heroes community and on our “What’s New” page!

Yakov Zhurinskiy


I do not see a way to copy and paste a set of triggers from one object to
another. I understand this can be done one trigger at a time but this is
very irritating with dosens of triggers I'm using.
I would be grateful to hear if there's a solution apart from duplicating
the objects (this does not work for me since my objects are very different).

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Yakov, 

Sorry for the additional frustration - you can copy one trigger at a time, or as you mentioned duplicate an object.  Could you share an example here with us of your trigger set up - I suspect someone in the community could offer some other ideas or methods they've used to copy multiple triggers!

Leslie McKerchie

Hello everyone,

I wanted to pop in and let you know that we released an update to Storyline 360 today, which included a trigger panel and workflow update to make it faster and more intuitive.

I know it's not an answer to your specific feature request. Still, many of the details that we've gathered around the need for printing the trigger panel are specific to:

  • viewing and troubleshooting a long list of triggers
  • understanding all the triggers tied to a particular action or event.

With the new triggers panel, you'll be able to:

  • Inline edit - No need to open the trigger wizard
  • Group view - Organize by an event to make it easier to find, edit, and debug.
  • Disable Individual Triggers - No need to delete during your troubleshooting.
  • Collapse and Expand - The ability to focus on specific triggers.

You can read all about this new trigger workflow as well as check out a video right here.