record screen try mode text variables


I am doing screen recording that I save as step-by-step recording in try mode. 

That normally works just fine if the recording contains mouse clicks. 

However, I have text fields (password change screen - enter old/new pw) and when I select the try mode, the clicks are there, but the text fields get filled out on their own instead of prompting the learner to fill them in. 

Any idea why this happens and how I can fix it?




11 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Gerry,

I tested this in my own Storyline files and when inserted as a "try mode" I was able to type in my own text and see the hint caption which offered a review of what I should type in. Are you able to double check that you've inserted it as try mode - you could try inserting it again into a new scene to double check. Also it's worth checking that you're working on your local drive, as working on a network or USB drive could cause unusual behavior. 

Let me know how it works after checking into those two things. 

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Gerry,

Since it's a try mode set up, I'm assuming each of these text boxes are their own slides - so for the first two slides can you tell me a bit more about what happens? Does the information just appear there and the user has no option to enter anything? Any chance you could share this project here with us so that we can take a look at what's happening and how it's set up? 

Alyssa Gomez

Hi Lisa! 

Thanks so much for sharing your file with me! Those large white rectangles covering your text entry slides were actually the text entry boxes, just much too large! To fix it, I resized the box to fit the text entry field, adjusted the fill color from White to Transparent, and adjusted the font size to 6 (since the text entry was so small). Here's a Peek recording of those steps in action. I fixed both text entry slides in your file and re-attached it here. Have a look, and let me know if it works for you!

Alyssa Gomez

Another option is to add this trigger:

Jump to next slide when TextEntry8 changes if TextEntry8 is equal to 1000. 

Keep in mind that the user will have to click outside the text box (also known as control loses focus) in order for Storyline to read the variable. There is not a way for the slide to automatically jump to the next slide the moment the user types 1000.