Restrict navigation only first time, then make it free

Jan 08, 2019

Hi guys, 

I've been trying to find a solution, but no luck so far, so maybe someone can help me. I'm making a course for a client who wants learners to listen to audio on every slide before they can move to another slide. I've managed to do this with "restricted navigation" on menu, "enable/disable next button when timeline starts/ends" and T/F variables when media completes. I also added "resume saved state" on each slide. 
However, the clients wants this restricted navigation only on first visit. Upon revisiting (not leaving course) or re-entering the course, the client wants completely free navigation (including the menu), including slides on initial state (audio starts from beginning, but users can click Next). 
I'm a bit lost now, not sure which triggers or variables to use to make it like this. Maybe I'm missing something. 

Also, if anyone knows, will this type of navigation work for the course uploaded to Moodle?

Thank you

13 Replies
Alyssa Gomez

Hi Maja!

Storyline's restricted navigation setting allows learners to view the current slide and any slide they previously viewed, but they can't jump ahead or skip over slides using the course menu.

This means that once the slide has been visited the first time, the navigation will no longer be restricted. You don't need to create special variables or triggers for this, since Storyline does this automatically.

In summary, you only need these two settings:

  • Restricted navigation
  • Reset all slides to initial state

If you've already tried those two settings and it's still not working quite right, tell me more about what you had in mind!


Hi Alyssa, 

To clarify, if we want Users to have a Restricted navigation experience the first time they engage with the module, and then free navigation afterward, we will:

- Configure the Player Menu settings to "Restricted".

I am unsure what the next settings would be:

- What is the Resume > On restart setting needed? (I am assuming it is "Never resume")

- How does the Reset all slides to initial state work?

Thank you!

Alyssa Gomez

Hi CW! Great questions – let's dive into each one of those settings:

  • Restricted navigation will restrict the learners the first time they view a slide to view the entire timeline. If they go back to view a slide again, they will no longer be restricted.
  • Resume on Restart determines what happens if learners close the course completely, then reopen it. I would use "Prompt to Resume," since that gives learners a chance to pick up where they left off, or restart the entire course. 
  • When Revisiting: Reset to Initial State means a slide will restart from the beginning of the timeline when learners go back to it. This setting will not affect restricted navigation, though.

Let me know if you have any more questions about that!



I built a module using the recommended settings from Articulate Support, and I am running into a bookmark issue.  After I complete the module and then return, expecting to freely navigate the module, I am once again restricted.

I've tested this in SCORM Cloud and am attaching the zip file for you to check out. Any assistance is appreciated. Thanks!


Alyssa Gomez

Hi C W,

I'm seeing the same issue you're seeing. If I only view a few slides, the course will resume correctly, and previously viewed slides are not restricted. However, if I view all of the slides then resume the course, I do not see a prompt to resume. Instead I'm taken back to Slide 1, and the navigation is restricted again.

With your permission, we can take a look at your unpublished project file to investigate what's happening. We'll delete it when we're done troubleshooting. If that works for you, you can upload your file privately to our support team here. We'll give it a test and let you know what we find!

Karen Cooper


I have a project where I would like to:

  • Have restricted navigation the first time users go through the course, and until they complete and close it. (I have accomplished this)
  • After the user completes the course and closes it, I would like them to be able to open it again with free navigation so they can review and pick and choose what to view. (I don't know how to do this in Storyline - and our LMS has nothing helpful to offer)

All my slides (except quiz slides) are set to "Reset to Initial State." The navigation is set to "Restricted" and I unchecked for previous and next slides.

In summary, my question is if it is possible to have restricted navigation applied the first time the users go through the course - and until they complete it and close it. Then, when they re-enter the course, the navigation becomes "free" ?

I hope this makes sense. I'd appreciate any ideas.



Alyssa Gomez

Hey Karen! That's a great question. Here's what I would suggest:

  • In Player Properties, set the resume behavior to Always Resume. This way, you can be sure the learner won't reset the course and start over from slide 1.1 with restricted navigation. 
  • On the last slide, add a button that says "Jump to slide 1" or "Restart corse". Add a trigger to Jump to slide 1.1 when the learner clicks the button.

Now, when the learner re-opens the completed course, they'll resume to the last slide. Then they'll click the button that will bring them back to the first slide, and they can navigate freely without restriction.

Let me know if that would work!

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