Reordering slides in a scene SL2

Mar 16, 2015

Hi there,

How do you reorder the slides in a scene? I have a storyline file that has several scenes, each scene contains several slides that all link back to a main slide. The order of my slides in the scene are not in a sequential order. While this does not impact the actual course, it does when it comes to stakeholder reviews. I publish to a Word file so users have a copy they can comment on. When this is printed the slide order is out of whack, making it difficult for them to follow. I cannot simply drag the slides to the correct position, they simply bounce back to their original location.

The attachment is an example. Here you will see that Slide titled 1.3 Review Which Tool should be the first slide after the main slide (and it's currently the last slide), then 1.4 Review Mid Year, and 1.2 End of year. Secondly, is there a way to renumber these slides also (so the numbers are sequential)?

Any advice would be appreciated.

6 Replies
Christophe Jacobs

Hello Maree,

In attachment you will find your project with the slides reordered. 

You are right that it can be difficult to re-order the slides because you need to drag and drop them in the story view. However you need to pay attention only to the # and not the position.

So when I drag your  1.3 till I see a blue arrow under 1.1...

... and release:

You will see that although it remains in the same spot, the numbering changed.

I then took your end of year slide and dragged it onto 1.4 until the blue arrow appears...

... and as a result:

Everything is in the correct spot. 

And finally the result of publishing to WORD is in attachment so you review document now follows the logic of your course.


Beverly Furtado

Thanks a ton Christophe i don't know what i would have done without you guys!

See this was my struggle all along - Its not easy dragging the slides, as either they bounce back or in most cases they ALL change their orders and that was frustrating! Only after reading your post did i realise that although they appear to be completely 'out of whack' as Maree pointed out, when i saw the corresponding numbers i realised they were just as the order  should be.

Two questions:

1. I had a quiz linked to one slide, but when i dragged the slide, the quiz did not move with it and i had to re-position it again (that's sorted now). Any way to keep them grouped (as they should be logically)

2. Why did the slides re-position themselves in my story view in the first place? that lead to all this confusion and the need to re-order etc.? Any way to avoid this?

Walt Hamilton

The flow of your program is controlled by the triggers, not by StoryView.
Although Storyview drives our OCD friends  to the brink of despair, remember: WHAT YOU SEE IN STORYVIEW IS IN NO WAY RELATED TO PROGRAM FLOW DETERMINATION. It is merely a visual representation of how the triggers are set up.

Slide order in StoryView is somewhat dependent on the z-order of the objects that have the triggers attached to them. As SL builds the Storyview, it goes down the list of objects with triggers on a given slide. The first trigger's target slide is placed to the left (or sometimes right) in Storyview. If you can move those objects up or down on your time line without damaging your slide appearance, the slides will change places. You may have to close slide view to see the results.   I imagine it will work the same way with scenes, too.
 Here is a picture of some of my slides. Notice that #5,15,14,18, and 20 are not in numeric order from left to right.



If I take the button that jumps to slide 14 and change it to jump to slide 15, and change 15's button to jump to 14, slides 14 and 15 will change places in the story view.

Or, if I drag the object holding slide 14's trigger above the one with 15's trigger on my timeline in the navigation slide, they will also change places, but only in Storyview, not in navigational sequence.

One practice that sometimes helps is setting jumps to specified slides, rather than the generic Next Slide. It certainly helps prevent ALL of them from changing positions when you drag one.

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