Template file vs story file

Mar 22, 2016

Hi all, me again

I am trying to set up project with a large glossary of Economics terms that I will then use for a variety of shourt courses/lessons.

Having tried to find an import feature I searched and found that it could not be done.

The advice seems to be to create a template with the glossary and save it as a template otherwise the glossary will not appear. The advice is that I save my file as a template which provides a file with the file extension "storytemplate"

example is               blank glossary template.storytemplate

I then went to the "download free templates" section of the Articulate website and saw a nice template and when I downloaded it, it has a "story" file extension.

When I look the "story" file and the "storytemplate" file are exactly the same size. It seems that a downloaded template has a "story" extension.

Is a template simply a story file with an extension "storytemplate". If so I will simply make a blank story i.e. no slides and put my glossary. I will simply then rename the file each time I wish to use it.


Sorry if this is confusing.








4 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Brian,

Templates can certainly be confusing - but if you've got a template you'd like to use, you can follow any of the steps documented here to begin using it.  To use a glossary you set up as a part of a new .story file, you will need to create it as a Storyline template and follow the steps above to import it. 

brian taylor


Thanks for the reply.

Can you tell me whether a storyline 2 template is simply a storyline 2 story file saved with a different extension. Extensions I have downloaded from the Articulate site have a ".story" extension.

I have read that I cant share my glossary by simply copying the player, but as far as I can see, sharing the "player" is not the same as sharing the ".story" file or the ".storytemplate" file.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Brian,

Using the .storytemplates it is automatically added to a local repository/library, which is part of your computer profile. Once a template has been used, it automatically becomes available in the "New Slide" dialog, on the templates tab, for all new and existing projects, shown in the image below:

When you use a .storytemplate a copy of the .storytemplate is added to the folder:

C:\Users\"your login name here"\Documents\My Articulate Projects\Storyline Templates

The player elements are saved separately, but the glossary and resources although accessed as a part of the player, are not stored there. If you need to share other player elements you can save a player, and it gets stored as an *.xml file on your local hard drive, and it gets added to the list of available players you can apply to any course. Custom player *.xml files are stored here:


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