Too Many Quiz Result Variables in Storyline

I'm not sure how this happens, but removing a quiz seems to add duplicate quiz variables.  Here's a snapshot:

The problem with this is that there is NO quiz in the course at all right now.  None of these variables are referenced.  I can't find a simple way of removing these variables.

I've found that importing the course to a new .story file will remove the unused variables, but this method creates a LOT of additional work ... player, menu, resources, tracking.  Getting everything right will take quite a while.

Is there another way to remove these unused variables?

37 Replies
Leslie McKerchie

I'm not sure I understand what you were asking then Helene. The variables are auto-added to your course when you add a results slide.

So, let's say you imported a few results slides, then deleted, the variables will probably still be in your course, but with zero use and when you add a new results slide, it will increment if needed.


Ruchika Setia

Hi there,

I encountered the same issue today, and I would like to mention I have the latest updated version of Storyline 2.

Here are the steps I took. I created 2 scenes - Each scene had a quiz and each quiz had a results slide associated. And later, I realized that I can only report the results using 1 results slide, so I deleted one of the scenes including the quiz and its results slide. But the variables that were associated with that deleted quiz and results slide still exist. 

There is no way to delete these unused results variables, unless I create a fresh course and copy my slides over.

Did anyone find a better solution than this on this matter?

Thank you!

Alyssa Gomez

Hello Ruchika!

It looks like Deepak asked a similar question recently over here in this thread. The options mentioned there are:

  1. Create a new project, and import all of your slides except for the results slides from the old project. 
  2. Delete the unused variables one at a time.

Storyline doesn't currently have a feature to purge the unused variables, but if that is something that would make your life easier, please share your idea with our product development team in the form of a Feature Request! Thank you for being a part of the community!

Ruchika Setia

Thanks for the response, Alyssa. Just read that discussion. I figured out the same. I was able to delete all other unused variables except the extra results slide variables. And, it seems we don't have access to the results slide variables as to delete them. So, we can either ignore them or create a new course and import the whole course in the new one. It will not import the unused variables. Thanks again!

Erin S

Reviving this thread.

My course built in dozens of results variables after I used a text field to calculate a number variable on the slide, just like Sam Carter mentioned at the beginning of this thread. I am on the latest version of SL3 and I can't believe it's been 6 years of this bug. 

Is there any hope of this getting addressed in the next update?

Lauren Connelly

Hello everyone!

I'm excited to report that we just released Update 36 (Build 3.36.21213.0) for Storyline 360!

Along with many other features, you find that you have the option to select multiple variables and then copy, paste, or delete them at the same time. Use Ctrl+click, Shift+click, and Ctrl+A to multi-select variables.

To work in the newest version Storyline 360, you'll need to update the Articulate 360 desktop app!