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Christine Hendrickson

Hi Jeannine (Hi avatar puppy!),

Welcome to E-Learning Heroes!

I'm having a little trouble visualizing how you have this set up and the control you want to give the learner over the audio and the slide.

First, how are you having them stop/play the audio? Are you triggering this with custom buttons, or are you having them use just the seekbar? If the seekbar is tied to the audio and the slide, it will control both. If the audio is triggered and controlled by something else, a button or hotspot maybe, the seekbar won't control it.

If you could give us a little more information, or possibly share your .story file here, we could take a look and see what's happening.


Jeannine Mealey

Thanks for your help. I can't get the file to upload now. I'll try again later. But basically, I have been using the seek bar to control the stop and start and it is not working correctly. What is the best way to allow the user to stop the slide, audito and restart it? I don't want them to skip ahead and miss part of the slide.


Christine Hendrickson

Hi Jeannine,

I apologize for the trouble. Is the file larger than 20 MB? If so, that may be why you're unable to upload the file to the forums. I recommend pulling just the slide or slides with the issue into a new .story file. You should be able to share that here. 

Here's how you can import existing slides into a new file:

Importing from Another Storyline Project - E-Learning Heroes

Also, for your question;

It depends how the audio is inserted into the slide. As I mentioned earlier, it will behave differently depending on whether or not it's tied to triggers or just inserted into the slide itself - which plays with the timeline. 

If you can share a little more detail, or the file, I'd be happy to take a look or provide some suggestions. 


Christine Hendrickson

Hi Jeannine,

Thanks for sharing your project file! :)

One of your statements concerns me a little:

"have the seekbar allow users to stop and start the slide but not let them skip ahead."

When the seekbar is enabled, learners can move forward and backward as they wish. It's not possible to disable that functionality with the seekbar itself.

However, what you could do is create custom "Pause" and "Play" buttons. This would give the learner the opportunity to pause the content in the slide and play it again, but won't allow them to skip any content by moving forward in the slide.

To do this, you'd just need to create a layer that pauses the timeline of the base layer. This layer will show when the learner clicks on your custom "Pause" button. You can trigger the custom "Play" button to hide that layer, which would resume the original content on the slide.

I've added two quick, custom buttons to your original project slide. Take a look and let me know if this is something that might work for you.


Christine Hendrickson

Hi Jeannine,

You can copy and paste the existing buttons that I made, or any that you made that are similar. The triggers should still be attached to the objects.

If not, or if this is on a new slide, you can create a new "Pause" layer and set it up the same way I set up the original one. Just make sure that the properties match :)

If you have trouble with this, just let me know!



Christine Hendrickson

Hi Jeannine,

I apologize for the delay. I'm out of town on business at the moment and trying to get caught up.

Also, I apologize for misunderstanding. It's not possible to pause the timeline of a layer with another layer. Though this works with the base layer, you won't be able to do the same thing with a layer.

The best option would be to make another slide, if you want to pause additional content.

I hope that makes sense :) If not, please let me know and I'd be happy to help.

Have a great day!