Variable Reference text box

Jun 04, 2020

On my current project, when I add a variable reference text box so I can review the variable values as my slides and layers progress, it stops the preview of the layer or slide from working. The preview either just stops and doesn't show the layer with the reference box, or i get a greyed out screen over the preview with 3 dots timer. When i delete the text box, it starts working again! 

7 Replies
Ren Gomez

Hi John,

Sorry to hear your variable reference text box isn't working! A few questions to dig deeper:

  • Does this happen in preview only, or when you publish as well?
  • What kind of font are you using? Can you switch to another font to see if it works?
  • What language are you using?

We have a few issues related to the questions above, but if you'd like for us to take a look, we can also do some testing on your file to figure out what the root cause is. Feel free to share it with us using the link below.

PJW John



I switched fonts to arial, once I had loaded the text box with the reference and that seems to solve the issue.

I've been using my corporate font without issues previously on other projects, so i think it may be just this project for some reason. I'll copy slides into a new project and see what happens.


Sarunas Zukauskas

Articulate, do you have any updates on this?

I have the same issue. The slide worked before, but now it doesn't load anymore when I have reference variables on the slide. 

I tried changing fonts to Arial, removing all text formatting, inserting variable references in new text boxes and so on... Nothing seems to work.

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