The following tips will help you avoid unexpected behavior when creating, sharing, and publishing Articulate Storyline projects.

Create, Edit, and Publish Projects on Your Local Hard Drive

Always save and publish to your local hard drive (typically your C: drive). Working on a network drive or an external (USB) drive can cause erratic behavior due to latency, such as file corruption, an inability to save changes, and loss of resources.

If you need to place a copy of your project on a network drive or an external drive for backup or versioning purposes, it's fine to do that after you've closed Storyline. Avoid re-opening the file until you've moved or copied it back to your local hard drive.

Save, Version, and Backup Projects Frequently

Save your work often. The keyboard shortcut Ctrl+S is the fastest way to save. Do it so often it becomes muscle memory. You’ll be glad you did.

Create versions of your project during its development cycle so you can go back to earlier versions when necessary. Just go to the File tab on the Storyline ribbon and choose Save As, then give your project a slightly different file name. For example, you might make a new version at the end of each work day and add the date to the file name so you can easily identify it.

Versioning is also a good way to backup your work. Just save earlier versions to the cloud, a network drive, or an external hard drive for safekeeping. (But always save the current version on your local hard drive.)

Send Projects to Other Developers When You Need to Collaborate

If you need to share a project file with other developers, we recommend zipping it first.

Then send the zip file to them through your preferred method (email, external drive, network drive, etc.).

The developers who receive it should save it to their local hard drive and fully extract it before opening it in Storyline.

Host Published Content Online

Viewing published content on your local hard drive or a network drive isn't supported. Security restrictions in these environments can cause various features in your content to fail.

To avoid unexpected behavior during playback, host your content in the location for which it was published. For example, if you published for the web, upload your content to a web server; if you published for a learning management system (LMS), upload it to an LMS.

The published output for a Storyline course includes multiple files and folders. For it to work properly, these files and folders must remain in the same organizational structure when you upload them to your server.

Optimize File Paths and Naming Conventions

Be sure the file paths to your projects and published output are well under the 260-character limit imposed by Microsoft Windows. (Publishing adds characters to the file path. If it exceeds 260 characters, your published output will be incomplete.)

Avoid using special characters, accents, or symbols in your file paths and file names. Learn more about naming conventions in this Microsoft article.

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