Hyperlinks are a great way to add interactivity to courses. They let learners click an object to jump directly to the content they need. In Articulate Storyline, you can hyperlink to:

In this tutorial, we'll explore each type of hyperlink. We'll also look at how to change the color of hyperlinked text.

Tip: In Storyline, hyperlinks are controlled by triggers. There are numerous types of triggers. We'll explore a few of them here. For more information on triggers, see this tutorial.

  Hyperlinking to a Web Page

  1. Select the text or object you want to make clickable, then do any of the following:
    • Press Ctrl+K.
    • Go to the Insert tab on the ribbon and click Hyperlink.
    • If you're adding a hyperlink to text, you can also right-click the text and choose Hyperlink.
  2. When the Trigger Wizard appears, set the following properties for your hyperlink:
    • Link Text: For text hyperlinks, this field will already be populated with the text you selected, but you can change it here if you'd like. For hyperlinks on other items (pictures, shapes, characters, etc.), this field won't be displayed.
    • Action: Use the drop-down list to select Jump to URL/file.
    • File: Enter the full URL of the web page for your hyperlink. If you want to make sure your link works properly, click the red check mark. It'll launch the URL in your default browser. Tip: For non-public links, learners will need to have the necessary security permissions to access the content.
    • Browser Options: Click the globe icon to customize the browser controls and size for the window that will launch your web content, then click Save.
    • When: Use the drop-down list to select User clicks.
    • Object: This field won't be displayed for text hyperlinks. If you're adding a hyperlink to an object, it'll already be populated with the object you selected, but you can use the drop-down to choose a different one if necessary.
  3. Click OK.

  Hyperlinking to a File

The best and most secure option for hyperlinking to a file is to upload the file to a web server, then link to its URL using the method above. Another option is to embed the file in your published output. Here's how:

  1. Select the text or object you want to make clickable, then do any of the following:
    • Press Ctrl+K.
    • Go to the Insert tab on the ribbon and click Hyperlink.
    • If you're adding a hyperlink to text, you can also right-click the text and choose Hyperlink.
  2. When the Trigger Wizard appears, set the following properties for your hyperlink:
    • Link Text: For text hyperlinks, this field will already be populated with the text you selected, but you can change it here if you'd like. For hyperlinks on other items (pictures, shapes, characters, etc.), this field won't be displayed.
    • Action: Use the drop-down list to select Jump to URL/file.
    • File: Click the ellipsis (...) button and browse to the file you want to attach.
    • When: Use the drop-down list to select User clicks.
    • Object: This field won't be displayed for text hyperlinks. If you're adding a hyperlink to an object, it'll already be populated with the object you selected, but you can use the drop-down to choose a different one if necessary.
  3. Click OK.

Storyline will place a copy of the hyperlinked file in your published output. All hyperlinked files for a course will be stored in a folder called story_content/external files.

Tip: To attach files to a course and make them accessible on any slide, use the Resources tab on the player instead. Learn more about attaching resources.

  Hyperlinking to Another Part of the Course

Here's how to link to another scene, slide, or layer in the same course:

  1. Select the text or object you want to make clickable, then do any of the following:
    • Press Ctrl+K.
    • Go to the Insert tab on the ribbon and click Hyperlink.
    • If you're adding a hyperlink to text, you can also right-click the text and choose Hyperlink.
  2. When the Trigger Wizard appears, set the following properties for your hyperlink:
    • Link Text: For text hyperlinks, this field will already be populated with the text you selected, but you can change it here if you'd like. For hyperlinks on other items (pictures, shapes, characters, etc.), this field won't be displayed.
    • Action: Use the drop-down list to select one of the following actions:

      Jump to scene: Use this option to link to a scene in your course, then choose a scene from the Scene drop-down.
      Jump to slide: Use this option to link to another slide in the course, then choose a slide from the Slide drop-down.
      Show layer: Use this option to open a layer on the same slide, then choose a layer from the Layer drop-down.
      Lightbox slide: Use this option to open a slide in a lightbox while the rest of your course dims behind it, then choose a slide from the Slide drop-down.
    • When: Use the drop-down list to select User clicks.
    • Object: This field won't be displayed for text hyperlinks. If you're adding a hyperlink to an object, it'll already be populated with the object you selected, but you can use the drop-down to choose a different one if necessary.
  3. Click OK.

  Hyperlinking to an Email Address

Here's how to add a hyperlink that opens a new mail message to one or more email addresses:

  1. Select the text or object you want to make clickable, then do any of the following:
    • Press Ctrl+K.
    • Go to the Insert tab on the ribbon and click Hyperlink.
    • If you're adding a hyperlink to text, you can also right-click the text and choose Hyperlink.
  2. When the Trigger Wizard appears, set the following properties for your hyperlink:
    • Link Text: For text hyperlinks, this field will already be populated with the text you selected, but you can change it here if you'd like. For hyperlinks on other items (pictures, shapes, characters, etc.), this field won't be displayed.
    • Action: Use the drop-down list to select Send email to.
    • Email: Type the recipient's email address. (See below for optional parameters.)
    • When: Use the drop-down list to select User clicks.
    • Object: This field won't be displayed for text hyperlinks. If you're adding a hyperlink to an object, it'll already be populated with the object you selected, but you can use the drop-down to choose a different one if necessary.
  3. Click OK.

Email links can include additional parameters, such as:

  • Multiple email addresses: Separate multiple email addresses with semi-colons (without spaces).
  • Subject line: To add a subject line, type ?subject= immediately after the email address followed by the text of the subject line. Don't use spaces. Replace spaces with %20.
  • Body text: To add default text to the body of the email, type &body= immediately after the subject line followed by the body text you want to use. Don't use spaces or line breaks. Replace spaces with %20 and line breaks with %0D%0A.

Here's an example of an email link with a subject line and some default body text:

Sample Email Hyperlink

Changing the Color of Hyperlinked Text

When you add a hyperlink to text, the text color changes and an underline appears. Also, when learners hover over the hyperlink in your published course, a text highlight appears in a color that matches the hyperlink color. The hyperlink color comes from your theme colors. Here's how to change it:

  1. Go to the Design tab on the ribbon and click Colors.
  2. The theme colors you're currently using will be marked by a thin orange outline. If you're using a Custom theme, right-click it and choose Edit. If you're using a Built-In theme, choose Create New Theme Colors (since built-in colors can't be edited).
  3. When the color editor opens, change the Hyperlink color to the color of your choice. To learn more about editing theme colors, see this tutorial.
  4. If you're creating a new set of theme colors, enter a Name for the new theme.
  5. Click Save.

Editing a Hyperlink

To edit a hyperlink, select the hyperlinked text or object, then do any of the following:

  • Press Ctrl+K.
  • Go to the Insert tab on the ribbon and click Hyperlink.
  • Double-click the trigger in the Triggers panel.
  • If you're working with a text hyperlink, you can also right-click the text and select Edit Hyperlink.

When the Trigger Wizard appears, modify any of the settings and click OK.

Previewing Slides with Hyperlinks

When previewing your course, you may find that hyperlinks don't work as expected. To properly test hyperlinks, you'll need to publish your course.

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