Setting slide duration for ALL slides

Hi Articulate Community,

I imported a presentation from pptx, some slides animated some not.

I need the slides to be visible for 60 seconds unless the user chooses
the "next" button. However, the time slider for non-animated slides
ends at 5 seconds,  for animated after the animations are done.

I can changes every slide manually whixh is a nightmare for 200+ slides

Is there a way to globally change slide duration?



13 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Bernd,

There isn't a way to globally change the slide duration for all the Storyline slides. As a default it's set to 5 seconds, and is only extended by adding in media that is longer, or by manually changing the timeline length. It's been something a few other users have shared their thoughts on in the form of a feature request, and you're welcome to do so here as well. 

Bernd Lehle

Thanks Dave -Would you do that in ppt or Storyline?

What I tried is to put an animation in the slide master that lasts for 55 seconds and
make it invisible in the final version of the presentation. However, Storyline showed
the animated object on the slide but the animation appeared in the time axis only
when I opened the slide master, not in the individual slides.



Bernd Lehle

Hi Dave,

I played around with that option for a while and it looks promising. However, the slides
all come with a predefined trigger "Goto next slide when time axis ends". I would have
to remove them on each slide individually so they don't override my 60-sec condition.

The desired behaviour would be:
- Next/back buttons always work
- After animation finishes, slide stays up to 60 secs independent of length of animation 

My plan is to work on the slide content and individual behaviour only in Powerpoint
and make only some global changes in Storyline before exporting. Otherwise the workflow
of creating and maintaining large numbers of trainings is too cumbersome.


david mckisick

 So you should probably have a look at what Storyline can/can't import from Power Point, because there are some things (animations and slide behaviors) that will not import cleanly.

The solution of adding that conditional NEXT button trigger onto a master slide should work but you will probably have to remove the NEXT button triggers from individual slides after applying the master slide to them all. The easiest way to do that is from Scene view, double Ctrl+A (to select all slides), then right-click>Layout, and so on.

Van Tolar

Hi all,

I wanted to let you know that I have successfully created a solution for the issue of setting a default timeline length for all slides imported from PowerPoint that is longer than the Storyline default of 5 seconds.

In our project, we wanted to take several of our ILT PowerPoints and deliver them through our LMS. We also wanted to ensure that the user spent a set amount of time on each slide (longer than 5 seconds).

Like Bernd Lehle and others above, we didn't want to spend all the time it would take to develop each slide whether in PowerPoint or in Storyline. Having Visual Basic for Applications experience, I created a macro, which we ran in the PowerPoint presentation. The macro is straightforward. It prompts you to enter a number of seconds. Then, it creates an invisible rectangle on every slide in the presentation with an animation having the duration of the number of seconds you entered.

When you import the presentation into Storyline, the duration of the animated, invisible rectangle on every slide overrides the Storyline default of 5 seconds setting the timeline length to the number of seconds you had entered in the macro.

I've attached the How-to steps and the macro (as text) in a Word file. If you are uncomfortable with VBA, you may need assistance from your IT department.