"Try Mode Steps" resulting slides ignoring the slide Master

Jul 30, 2013

I am brand new to Storyline, so I'm sure this is something simple I am overlooking, but, I can't figure it out.  I have done some screen recording to illustrate some steps I want the user to follow, but when I insert it, it puts the screen full from side-to-side in my slide, and up to this point, all my screens (screenshots and videos) have been smaller and contained in a separate area.  How can I do that with the Try Mode Steps stuff?

thank you so much for any help!!


4 Replies
CL Smith

(bump)  Just wondering if there are any tutorial suggestions for me to learn how to adjust the try/view mode screens.  I'm creating something that is going to be used as a proof-of-concept to mgmt before we buy this software, and so far, I'm struggling.  I've watched the newbie videos, and I can grasp the concepts of what I'm supposed to be doing, but the way we started creating our training (video always sits off in it's own area) I need to be able to adjust the size of my screen "illustrations."   Or maybe this software won't allow screen recordings to be sized/moved?


Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi CL and welcome to Heroes! 

If you're inserting the screen recording as "Step by Step" for the Try mode, it automatically goes full screen. If you don't need the users to engage with the screen recording in the Try it mode, you could always insert it on one slide, and then you'd be able to size the video to your desired height and width. If you're inserting videos you've recorded elsewhere as a file or a website, those could also be resized.

Hope that helps! 

CL Smith

Ok, I guess that means no.  Drat.  It's a mix of watch the computer do it, and then try it yourself.  I can make the video smaller to fit my pre-defined space, but then when I need the user to try it, that's where the problem is.  I can't make that image smaller/move where I want it.

And not to get off on a tangent, but do you have any suggestions you could point me to to learn how to create eLearning?  Not just the "how to use the software" side?  Neithr myself nor the project person tasked to work on this are a teacher/educator, and based on the script of what she provided me to "create," I already know this isn't going to be a great eLearning opportunity for the end user, but I'm not sure how to recommend fixing it.  And it's all about data and databases and how much more dry and boring can you get?! 

I have a subscription to Lynda (where I watched the Storyline training already) but I'm open for suggestions!  Cause right now, I pity my poor end users who are supposed to learn from me!   


Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi CL,

Sorry that the sizing isn't what you need - you can always submit a Feature request, which doesn't solve your problem now, but may help in the future. 

Have you looked at the Building Better Courses forum? That's a great place to connect with other users about instructional design, and you can even share your files there to get some feedback on ways to make it more interactive and less "dry and boring."  

There are also some great examples here that you can use to get inspiration. 

If there is anything else we can help you with, just let us know!

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