Resumed saved state doesn't produce next and previous buttons

Hi Storyline 2.0 Gurus!

On the attached slide, I have set the next and previous buttons to be hidden until all of the monsters are visited. I tested it and it works,

However, even though I have set slide to "resume saved state", the previous and next buttons don't show when the slide is revisited. I would think if they had met the criteria to show previously, that resuming saved state should show the next and previous buttons.

Is that not the case?

19 Replies
Wendy Farmer

Hey Victoria

the 'resume saved state' is for the objects on screen not the player elements. If you were using custom nav button they are considered on screen elements and would resume

Info from tutorial

Determining How Slides Behave When Revisited


Storyline lets you decide how objects behave when learners revisit the same slide later. Choose from the following:

Resume saved state: Use this option if you want the slide to always remember its previous state. In other words, this option lets learners pick up where they left off when they leave the slide and come back to it later.

See attached sample

Christie Pollick

Hi, Victoria -- It looks like there might have been an issue with the hyperlinks Wendy wanted to share, so here is the link for the tutorial, and below is the section she specified on Determining How Slides Behave When Revisited.

Storyline lets you decide how objects behave when learners revisit the same slide later. Choose from the following:

Resume saved state: Use this option if you want the slide to always remember its previous state. In other words, this option lets learners pick up where they left off when they leave the slide and come back to it later.

Reset to initial state: Use this option if you want the slide to always reset to its initial state when learners return to it. It'll restart from the beginning of its timeline, and interactive objects will return to their initial states.

Automatically decide: This is the default option. It means Storyline will decide whether to resume or reset the slide based on the objects it contains. Here's the logic: If the slide has only simple objects and/or audio but no interactivity, Storyline resets the slide to the beginning of its timeline. However, if the slide contains interactive elements, such as buttons or other objects that have a visited/selected state, Storyline resumes the slide where it left off previously.

You  may also want to take a look at this information, as well. 

Wendy Farmer

Hi Victoria

I have created a sample file to see if this works for you.

There are two offstage objects (2 buttons Next and Prev) which get triggered and a number of additional triggers.  The slide is set' resume saved state' . I just put the offstage objects onto the slide so you can see them changing.

Hope that helps

Victoria Sublette

Hi again Wendy,

I think I have copied what you have done, but now the next and previous buttons don't come up at all! It seems very complex. It's driving me mad (and it's not a long drive!)

I have attached the page and maybe you could tell me if I have forgotten anything.

Wendy Farmer

Hi Victoria

I have reworked your file.  For testing I added in a lightbox slide and a next slide.

1. You can remove all the offstage buttons Prep hold etc...In my example I had two but you only need one - I have called this Continue.  It sits offstage and has a visited state.

2. Your insertion pic didn't have a change of state trigger so the conditions for your next button would never have worked.

3. The order of your triggers are important.  You have to change the state of the pics to complete before you jump to lightbox - otherwise you jump to lightbox and the change state trigger never fires.

4. The slide property is set to resume state.

5. The driving trigger that changes the next / prev buttons to normal is based on the offstage continue button changing to 'visited' which is triggered by all the pictures state = complete.

6. Using slide layers or lightboxes means your base slide timeline NEVER restarts so you can't use 'when timeline starts' except for the initial hiding of the next/prev buttons.

Hope you didn't drive too far and hope this helps.

Shout out if you don't understand anything.

Wendy Farmer

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