When you create a new Articulate Storyline project, the slide size defaults to 720 pixels wide by 540 pixels high, but you can change it to any size you'd like.

Changing Your Story Size

  1. Go to the Design tab on the Storyline ribbon and click Story Size.
  2. When the Change Story Size window appears, choose an option from the Story Size selector. If you choose Custom, enter the Width and Height in pixels. Mark the Lock aspect ratio box if you want to maintain the current proportions for objects that have locked aspect ratios.
  3. If you increase the story size, choose one of the options in the section that appears called If new size is larger:
    • Scale To Fit: This scales existing slide content to fit proportionately within the new size. Objects that have locked aspect ratios will maintain their ratios. Objects that don't have locked aspect ratios may change shape, depending on the story size you choose. (Learn more about locking aspect ratios.)
    • Fill Background: This keeps the current slide background and applies it to the new size, but it doesn't resize your slide content. If you choose this option, use the corresponding Story Position drop-down to choose where existing content should appear on your slides.
  4. If you decrease the story size, choose one of the options in the section that appears called If new size is smaller:
    • Scale To Fit: This scales existing slide content to fit proportionately within the new size. Objects that have locked aspect ratios will maintain their ratios. Objects that don't have locked aspect ratios may change shape, depending on the story size you choose. (Learn more about locking aspect ratios.)
    • Crop: This crops your content to fit within the new size. If you choose this option, the Next button will become active. Click Next to define the crop area for each slide in your project. Drag the green box to indicate the portion of each slide you want to keep. Click Apply to All Slides, or use the green arrows to edit each slide individually.
  5. Click OK to accept the new story size.

Tip: It's best to change the story size before you add any slides. Otherwise, you may need to resize or rearrange objects in your story to accommodate its new size.

How Player Features Affect Published Size

The overall size of your published output will be slightly larger than your slide dimensions. That's because the player (the interface around the perimeter of your slides) adds some width and height.

The player adds up to 260 pixels to the width and up to 118 pixels to the height, depending on the player features you choose. See the following table for details.

You can also enable and disable player features on a slide by slide basis, but the course size will remain the same for all slides—i.e., each player feature adds some width or height to your published course, even if it’s only used on a single slide.

Player Feature

Width

Height

Player frame (with or without player features)

+20 pixels

+20 pixels

Title

 

+23 pixels

One or more topbar tabs

 

+24 pixels

Volume controller, seekbar, or navigation buttons

 

+51 pixels

Sidebar

+240 pixels

 

 

Here’s an example: If your slide size is 720 x 405 and you enable the navigation buttons and sidebar, the overall dimensions of your published course are 980 x 476. Here’s the breakdown:

 

Width

Height

Slide size

720 pixels

405 pixels

Player frame

+20 pixels

+20 pixels

Navigation buttons

 

+51 pixels

Sidebar

+240 pixels

 

Published Course Dimensions

980 pixels

476 pixels

 

Tip: You can find your overall course dimensions by opening the story.html file from your published output in a text editor, such as Notepad, and searching for width and height.