Text Shrinks when Variable Used

Jun 30, 2017


In Storyline, when the text box has a variable to display and the text box is smaller than the actual text it's supposed to show in real time, the text is resized to fit the box. This results in a disaster :)

Basically, the text box ignores the Do not autofit setting if the text box is smaller AND the content is a variable. Any workaround or fix on this? Storyline 360. The beauty of Storyline is using variables, so we don't have to create hundreds of slides, so this is pretty important. Anyone had success tackling this?



16 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Zsolt,

Within Storyline (any version) the variables referenced and the text entry are not dynamic and won't update the overall text box size based on what you typed. It's designed to shrink the text to fit within the text box so you'll want to adjust the text box to display the largest amount of text possible. 

I'd love for you to share more ideas and examples of how this is impacting your work. Can you send that along to our Product team as a Feature requests here?

CT  Learning

I am also having this issue. I have attached screen shots of what you see in storyline vs what happens when published or previewed.  I tried isolating just the dynamic bit, and now it only shrinks that part.  I tried dragging the text box off way to the right of the slide so there was "ample room"  and it still shrunk everything.  I would guess its putting it to the minimum font size.  

How is this affecting my workflow?  I can not output an acceptable final product.

Debbie Chaddock

I am also having this issue in older lessons that used to display just fine in Flash. Now the variable text is completely illegible and useless in HTML5 output. I am using Storyline 3.

Unfortunately, changing text box to a shape did not help, and neither did changing size of font.