Quickly changing the end time of a slide

Is there an easy way to change the end time of  a slide.  I have to import some audio files that are large.  Some about 5 minutes.  But my slide will only be say, 60 seconds.  After i have cropped the audio file to trim it down to 60 seconds my slide still is 5 minutes long.

I have to go to the end of the slide and drag the timeline alllll the way back to 60 seconds.  Is there a faster way to do this?

Thank You

10 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Stephen and welcome to Heroes!

Unfortunately there isn't an easier way, as the timeline automatically adjusts when you add a longer file such as audio or video. It is a common feature request though.  The other thing you could do, is do all your editing of audio files in one Storyline file and then export those updated files out and into your working file. It's still another step, but it may ease some of the frustration and ensure that you're not impacting other timeline elements. 

heather baseer


1) Right-click to "Cut" the shortened audio/video clip.

2) Delete the slide with that forever away end point (ugh..so annoying).

3) Insert a new slide.

4) Right-click to "Paste" the trimmed audio/video clip and bam! New end point.

Articulate peeps: Please create an "edit end point" feature (sort of like the edit timeline feature for the actual audio/video clips) as so often we are trimming things down in the slide and would like to have the end point either automatically adjust to what is actually on the slide (duh) or allow us to quickly edit the ending point. I trimmed a 23 min video down to 60 seconds and would have hated to drag my endpoint 3000 seconds - which drags super slow, btw...Just sayin...

Alyssa Gomez

Hey Heather,

Thanks for letting us know what you'd like to see! Our product team loves hearing ideas from the community, so I'll pass yours along. 😁

In the meantime, here's a handy way to quickly shorten the duration of the timeline: click and drag the end of the timeline to the left, and hit the left arrow key on your keyboard. The timeline will jump back to the object with the longest duration on your timeline.

You can also use CTRL+Mousewheel to adjust the timeline zoom.