In Storyline, the player refers to the interface around the perimeter of your slides. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to customize the course player.

You can choose which features appear on the player, customize the menu, attach resources, add a glossary, modify the colors and font, change the text labels, adjust the size, and control how the course behaves when learners launch it more than once. You can even make the player invisible.

Watch this video introduction, then follow the activities below to practice.

Practice Activities:

  1. Open the Player Properties
  2. Choose Your Player Features
  3. Customize the Menu
  4. Change the Colors, Font, and Font Size
  5. Customize the Text Labels
  6. Change the Player Size and Resume Behavior
  7. Save Your Customized Player

Practice Activity: Open the Player Properties

First, we need to open the player properties.

  1. Open any of the Storyline files from your practice files.
  2. Go to the Home tab on the ribbon and click Player.
  3. Notice the three main sections of the player properties window:
    • Player categories appear on the ribbon across the top of the window.
    • The selection pane on the left side of the window is where you make modifications.
    • The interactive preview pane on the right side of the window updates automatically as you makes changes.

Practice Activity: Choose Your Player Features

The player properties window always opens directly to the Features category where you can choose which features to include on your player, such as tabs, title, sidebar, logo, volume controller, search field, and seekbar.

Let’s move the menu, add a logo, and turn on the seekbar.

  1. Select the Menu tab and use the Up Arrow to move it to the Topbar Left portion of the player.
  2. Mark the Logo box to enable the logo, then click the corresponding link to browse to an image file on your computer.
  3. Mark the Seekbar box so learners can see the duration of each slide.

To learn more about the player features, see the Storyline 360 and Storyline 3 user guides.

Practice Activity: Customize the Menu

In this activity, we’ll customize the menu by renaming and demoting slides.

  1. Click Menu on the player properties ribbon.
  2. Rename the first slide by double-clicking it, typing a new name and pressing Enter on your keyboard.

    Tip: Renaming slides only affects how they look in the menu. It doesn’t impact the text on the slides in your course.
  3. Demote slide 2 so it’s a level below slide 1. Just select slide 2 and click the Right Arrow below the menu to indent the slide.

To learn more about customizing the menu, see the Storyline 360 and Storyline 3 user guides.

Practice Activity: Change the Colors, Font, and Font Size

In this activity, we’ll change the color scheme for our course player, choose a different font, and increase the player font size.

  1. Click Colors & Effects on the player properties ribbon.
  2. Select a different color scheme.
  3. Change the player font to Articulate Light.
  4. Increase the player font size to 120%

To learn more about changing the player colors, font, and font size, see the Storyline 360 and Storyline 3 user guides.

Note: Currently, the captions font is the only color/font feature that's supported in both the standard desktop player and the responsive mobile player. All other color/font features are only supported in the standard player. See these interactive demos for Storyline 360 and Storyline 3 to know which player properties are supported in the responsive player.

Practice Activity: Customize the Text Labels

In this activity, we’ll make a change to one of the player text labels.

  1. Click Text Labels on the player properties ribbon.
  2. Scroll down to the Menu Tab label.
  3. Click the custom text field for the Menu Tab label and change it to Table of Contents.
  4. Click Update Preview below the text labels list and watch the Menu tab change in the preview pane.

To learn more about customizing the player text labels, see the Storyline 360 and Storyline 3 user guides.

Practice Activity: Change the Player Size and Resume Behavior

In this activity, we’ll change how the player scales in learners’ browsers and how the course behaves when learners launch it more than once.

  1. Click Other on the player properties ribbon.
  2. Set the Player size property to Scale player to fill browser window.
  3. Change the resume behavior by setting the On restart property to Always resume.

Practice Activity: Save Your Customized Player

Finally, let’s save our custom player, so we can use it again in other courses.

  1. Click Current Player on the ribbon and choose Save as.
  2. Give your custom player a name and click OK.
  3. If you don’t want to keep the custom player we created in this tutorial, click Current Player on the ribbon and choose Delete.

To learn more about saving custom players, switching to a different player, and sharing custom players, see the Storyline 360 and Storyline 3 user guides.

Summary

In this tutorial, you learned how to customize the course player in Storyline, including features, menu, colors, font, text labels, size, and resume behavior.

To dive even deeper into player customization, see the Storyline 360 and Storyline 3 user guides.

In the next tutorial, you’ll learn how to customize the player features on a slide-by-slide basis.