Which slide is using which master or layout

Jan 06, 2015

Is there a way to find out which slides are using a master/layout (also feedback)? In my project I have an old and a new masterslide. Although I have converted all slides to the new master, there is still an indication at some old layouts that they are used by one ore more slides. 

I changed the color of the feedback layouts but I cannot find these changes on the slides.

In ppt there is an indication which slides are using a layout, but in SL I can only see how many slides are using a particular layout

 

Thanks voor advise!

29 Replies
Chris Dorna

I found out something strange (for nerds and technicians from Articulate only):

  1. Added a clearly visible object to the Master lay-out.
  2. Couldn't find the slides that should use this layout (according to Slide Master View there should be 7 (seven!) slides using this layout.

    Nothing new so far ...
  3. Saved the project file (.story).
  4. Changed the extension to ".zip".
  5. Unzipped the file.
  6. With Notepad++ searched for files with name of the layout in it.
  7. Found one file: slideLayout7.xml.
  8. One of the xml-items (sorry but I am not an xml-geek) is InternalG :

  9. Did a new file search with the string "26998a0c ....".
  10. Notepad++ finds 7 (seven!) xml-files with this reference.
  11. Opened these seven files to find out the slidenames.
  12. Opened these slides in Storyline.
  13. The Slide layout is visible on one of the layers! When I look which feedback layout is used there is no feedback layer selected.
  14. When I add a 'real' feedback layout to the layer the number of Master layouts decreases.
Walt Hamilton

The Slide layout is visible on one of the layers!

Not sure what it is, but there is something wrong here. On the other hand, if there is a simple method of showing the slide background on layer, I could use it.

When I look which feedback layout is used there is no feedback layer selected.

All layers use the feedback master, not just feedback layers.


When I add a 'real' feedback layout to the layer the number of Master layouts decreases.

Curiouser and curiouser!!

Leslie McKerchie

I'm glad this conversation was able to help you out as well, Lindsay. Thanks for chiming in to share.

We do have a feature request that we are tracking for the ability to identify which Slide Masters are in use and where they are in the project.

I've attached this conversation to the report as we track user impact and so that we can share any updates with you here.

Nick Sondej

Google slides has a great way of showing this where you can still see the slide thumbnails in the master view and when you view a layout, it will highlight which slides use it.

The fact that this has been a five year long feature request gives me no confidence that it will ever be fixed -- it's a huge customer issue, specifically when importing your modules as individual powerpoint files (that is how they are arranged in my in-person training that we're now converting to an LMS).  I had 8 different layouts that were effectively copies of each other, each created from a module import from ppt.

Greg Johnson

Just used Chris Dorna's Notepad++ steps from "over 5 years ago" to locate a master slide that was being used by 5 layers - not the base layer of course, that would have been too easy - of the same slide. The master slide in question had a distinctly-colored giant shape on it that I was able to see in the background. With around 200 slides in this course I've taken on from someone no longer with our organization, those steps saved me a ton of time. Thanks Chris! (P.S. It would DEFINITELY be nice if Storyline had an easy way to do this for us.)

Jose Tansengco

Hi Jeroen,

One quick way to do this is to change the background color of the Feedback master to a distinguishable color. You can also place an object that can easily be seen in a location that is not covered to help you locate which slides/layers are using the layout. 

Feel free to share a copy of your project file here so I can help make the changes so the slides/layers that use the layout are identifiable.