variables not working-after I installed variables the course will not advance at all


I'm doing a course where I have audio and I want to deactivate the next button, so that participants will not be able to go ahead of the course. I have restricted the menu and placed my triggers in the course, but when I play it the next button will not work at all. I've included the storyline file of the course I am working on.

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Leslie McKerchie

Hi Kathy! I see your .story file shared above. That's what we would be looking for.

In your file, it looks like you have restricted the navigation. This alone will prevent the user from moving forward until the slide timeline is completed.

You added a variable of continue, but do not specify at what point that variable adjusts to true, which is why the Next button is not working for you.

I've updated the first two slides in your course.

Kathy Peek

Leslie, perhaps I don't understand variables well. On my storyline course I designated the triggers for the pages to go to the next slide when the user clicks the next button on condition continue (which I created as a variable) is equal to True

Where did I go wrong? That is what my course shows that I sent to you.


Leslie McKerchie

Hi Kathy!

Are the slides that I updated working for you? That will be my first question because I could be misunderstanding what you are shooting for here.

Yes, you created the variable - with the default value of False.

Your slide doesn't have any variable adjustment to change continue to True. So, when you put in your trigger/condition to go to the Next Slide when user clicks the Next button and continue=True - it doesn't work because the variable is still False.

Does that make sense?

Are you looking for a different result? 

In this instance no variable is needed. If your navigation was not restricted and you wanted to build the restriction in to certain slides - then this method would work perfectly.

Leslie McKerchie


So, the navigation restriction is really all you need. No variables necessary.

Here's the difference between restricted and locked navigation:

  • Restricted navigation means learners can view the current slide and any slide they've previously viewed, but they can't jump ahead or skip over slides.
  • Locked navigation means learners can only view slides in the order you've designed. They can't jump ahead or skip over slides, nor can they go back to any previously viewed slides.
Kathy Peek


I've done everything you recommended, also I read the article on Restricting the navigation next button, fixed the slide that was a little long :) and still it will not work. What am I missing? Here's the course, again! Will you look at it and tell me what I'm doing wrong?