"Show Always" Option for Objects in the TImeline

I am trying to figure out what happens when I select "Show Always" in the right click menu for an object in the timeline.  When I right click an object, such as a shape or button, check "Show Always," and preview, it appears to do nothing.

I am expecting the selected object to show always, which I understand to mean it will appear on every slide.

Can anyone tell me what this does?  And/or how to use it correctly?

Right Click Menu of Object in Timeline

9 Replies
Michelle Kenoyer

Hi there--I'm trying to get my callouts to remain on-screen for the duration of the slide's action (even after each gesture is complete) so it will stay on the slide long enough for learners to view it. However, this function doesn't seem to work properly, even though the Show Always setting appears in the timeline (with arrows pointing both ways). Not sure what I'm missing?

James LeMay

AFAIK, Storyline has no mechanism to allow a persistent foreground element. It would be a extremely useful to float a [character, audio, button bar, progress bar, logo] ABOVE the course, for the duration of the course. Storyline cannot. The master slide won't do it; no master slide element can overlay other slide elements.  I sent this feature request down the black hole for 5 years. It's available in Captivate.

Alyssa Gomez

Hi James!

I wanted to mention you can add an object to a layer on a slide master. Then add this trigger to the base layer: "Show layer when the timeline starts on the slide master".  The object will then overlay anything on the base layer. 

It may not be exactly what you're looking for, but hopefully that gets you closer to your goal!