Markers are a great way to reveal content only when learners need it. Learners can hover over markers or click on them to see additional text and/or media.

Adding Markers

  1. Go to the Insert tab on the ribbon, click Marker, and choose an icon.
  2. Click anywhere on the slide to insert the marker.
  3. The marker will appear with a blank label, where you can enter a title, descriptive text, and/or media. When you're finished, click anywhere outside the label to collapse it. To edit the label later, just click the marker to reveal its label again.

Changing Label Fonts

When you insert a marker and enter text in its label, the fonts used for the title and description default to your project's theme fonts. If you want to use a different font, you can use the font selector on the Home tab to modify an individual label, or customize your theme fonts to change all the labels in your course at the same time.

Resizing and Repositioning Labels

If you don't like the default size or location of a marker's label, you can change it so it fits better with your slide content. To resize a label, drag any of its sizing handles.

To reposition a label, just drag its outline to a new location. It'll move around the marker.

Changing Marker Icons

Articulate Storyline has a vast library of icons. If you want to switch to a different icon, select the marker on the slide, go to the Format tab on the ribbon, click Change Icon, and choose a different symbol.

Adding Audio to Markers

Import prerecorded audio files or record narration right in Storyline. Here's how:

  1. Select the marker on the slide.
  2. Go to the Format tab on the ribbon and click Audio.
  3. Choose one of the following:
    • Audio from File: Use this option to import an audio clip you've recorded elsewhere.
    • Record Mic: Use this option to record narration directly in the marker.
    • Options: This is where you change your audio playback device and recording devices. You can also modify the recording volume level.

After importing or recording audio, additional options on the Sound drop-down will become available, including an audio editor, a volume adjuster, and more. To learn more about working with audio, see Editing Audio and Using the Audio Tools.

Adding Media to Markers

You can add one image or video to each marker's label. Here's how:

  1. Select the marker on the slide.
  2. Go to the Format tab on the ribbon and click Media.
  3. Choose one of the following:
    • Picture from File: Use this option to insert an image that's currently stored on your computer.
    • Video from File: Use this option to insert a video that's currently stored on your computer.
    • Video from Website: Use this option to insert a video that's hosted on a website—Screenr, Vimeo, YouTube, etc.
    • Record Webcam: Use this option to record a video with your webcam.
    • Delete Media: Use this option to delete a picture or video you previously added. If you haven't added any media yet, it'll be grayed out.

To edit a picture or video you've added to a label, see these tutorials:

Changing Marker Animations

By default, markers will have a swirl animation when you preview or publish, but you can change or even remove the animation.

  1. Select the marker on the slide.
  2. Go to the Format tab on the ribbon and choose an animation style from the Animate drop-down. Select None if you don't want the marker to animate.

Changing How Markers Behave When Hovered over or Clicked

Here's how markers and their labels behave by default:

  • Hover: When you hover over a marker, only the title of the label appears. It'll automatically disappear when you're no longer hovering over the marker.
  • Click: When you click a marker, the entire label appears. It'll disappear only when you click the marker again or when you click anywhere outside the label.

You can change this behavior so no clicking is required. To make the entire label appear when you hover over the marker, go to the Format tab on the ribbon and mark the box to Show All on Hover. (The label will also disappear automatically when you're no longer hovering over the marker.)

Making Audio-Only Markers

If you don't want a label to show at all, you can make a marker audio only. Just go to the Format tab and check the Audio Only box. When learners click the marker in your published course, they'll hear the audio, but they won't see a label.

Note: The label will still display while you're working in Storyline, but it'll be hidden when you preview or publish.

Customizing the Fill, Border Color, and Icon Color for Markers

It's easy to format markers.

  1. Select the marker you want to customize and go to the Format tab on the ribbon.
  2. Select a ready-made marker style, or choose your own Marker Fill, Marker Border, and Icon Color.

Here are some tips for working with marker colors:

  • The colors available for marker style, fill, border, and icon come from your theme colors.
  • The default marker color is controlled by the Custom 1 selector in your theme colors.
  • The default icon color is controlled by the Text/Background—Light 1 selector in your theme colors.

Customizing the Fill and Border Color for Labels

You can also format labels. Here's how:

  1. Select the marker whose label you want to customize and go to the Format tab on the ribbon.
  2. Select a ready-made label style, or choose your own Label Fill and Label Border.

To apply the same customizations to the other labels on the same slide, click Apply to All.

Setting the Default Appearance of Markers and Labels

Here's a time-saving tip to make all your markers and labels look the same. Format your first marker the way you want it, then set it as the default. New markers in the same project will inherit the same characteristics.

To set a marker as the default marker style, just right-click it and choose Set as Default Marker.