9 Replies
Christine Hendrickson

Hey Nate!

Are you working off of a network drive, by any chance? 

  • Work on your local drive (your C: drive). Working on a network drive or a USB drive can cause erratic behavior, including file corruption, loss of audio, and other unexpected behavior. 
  • You should also make sure the directory path to your project files and your published output is less than 260 characters (for example C:\Articulate).
  • Avoid using special characters, accents or symbols in your file names (this includes spaces and underscores).

Additional information regarding "Naming Files, Paths, and Namespaces" in Windows operating systems can be found in the following Microsoft article.

Also, can you tell me what version of Storyline you're using, please? To find this information, click on "Help" and "About Articulate Storyline".

If you're not running version 3 (1305.2012), please download and install the update using the link below:

Articulate - Storyline Update 3


Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Chris,

Thanks for reaching out here and I'm sorry to hear about the error message you're receiving! Although it was something we fixed in Update 4, as per this documentation you could still look at the temp files and see if that is what is tripping you up. The temp files may also house a working copy of your project, so before you delete them all, I'd look through to see if there is one there to save:

1) Open this folder in Windows Explorer: %appdata%\Articulate\Storyline
2) Scan the contents of this folder for a file that starts with the name of your project. If you find one, copy it to your desktop. If you find more than one, copy the latest version to your desktop.
3) Change the file extension of the copy on your desktop from *.tmp to *.story.
4) Double-click the file to open it in Storyline.


Also, did you check that you're saving locally and adhering to the guidelines here. Is it just this one file that isn't saving? If so, you could try importing what you already have into a new project as detailed here. If you're seeing the issue across all your project files you'll also want to look at conducting the repair of Storyline.

Ross Priluker

For the record, this issue has not been fixed. I'm running the latest version of Storyline 3 and I've encountered this same saving issue during every update. It still is not working. Very frustrating! Sometimes it will just crash and I'll lose all my work. I had to turn the auto-save feature off as this increased the likelihood of this issue occurring even more. Repeatedly cleaning out my temp folder does not work either. I'm working on a VMware machine with more than enough memory. Please resolve this issue already. It's been over 6 years that people having been encountering this issue. 

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Ross,

I'm sorry you're still having trouble with this! Our team has been implementing performance improvements throughout Storyline 3 and Storyline 360, so this should be a much better experience than it was years ago! 

With that being said, if you're still hitting a snag I'd want our Support Team to dig deeper with you! I went ahead and opened up a case for you, and someone will be in touch with next steps. Thanks for reaching out here, and we're at the ready to help! 

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