Slide Layer vs New Slide

I am new to building courses with Storyline and am trying to reduce my file size.  When a user answers a question correctly, I would like for the course to ask  her if she would like to see the problem worked or move on to the next question.  Originally, I did this via a second slide (meaning if incorrect the user would branch to one slide, if correct, another).  I just discovered Slide Layers and think this may be the most effective way to handle this. 

My question is - what takes up more space in a story - a slide or a slide layer or do they generally take up the same amount of space? 



4 Replies
Christine Hendrickson

Hi Suzanne. Welcome to E-Learning Heroes!

I'm not exactly sure about the size difference. I don't believe there will really be a difference, because it's my understanding that it's the content that modifies the file size. I did a quick test with two different files, both with the same content. One file had content on two slides, while the other contained a slide and a layer with the same content. The file sizes are the same, for me. Of course, this may end up changing if you have a very large amount of slides, but like I said I believe it's related to the content.

I totally agree that layers are probably the best way to do this, simply because it's a little more organized. I'm a big fan of layers, personally, though. It really depends on how you want to work with your project.

If you have any questions, just ask!


Suzanne White

Hi Christine,

Thanks for the quick reply.  My file is huge, 1300 slides.  If I remove the slides and replace with slide layers I will be removing 400 slides.  I'm going to go this route and see if it saves me some space as  the large file is causing me problems when I save.