articulate storyline player tips

In the past, I’ve shared lots of tips and tricks for working with the Articulate Storyline player. For example, in the article Clean Up Your Storyline Player Menu with These 3 Easy Tips, I shared some great ways to streamline your player’s menu look and feel. And in Here’s How to Create an Invisible Player in Storyline, I showed you how to make the Storyline player “disappear.” Community members seem to really love these player tricks, so today I’m here to share with you even more tips for cleaning up the Storyline player.

Remove Unnecessary Features

One of the easiest things you can do to improve and simplify your Articulate player is to remove any and all unused features. The player looks like this by default:

But if you’re not using any audio in your course, do you really need the volume icon? And the title and resources are nice to have, but if they’re not a part of the course, leave them out altogether. Just removing these few items will give you a much cleaner player.

Hide the Menu

One of the key features of the player is the menu. There’s lots you can do within the menu itself to keep it looking neat and tidy, such as using concise and consistent slide titles, promoting and demoting menu items to create a clear hierarchy, and minimizing the menu items to make them appear tidier. These are all really useful tips that make a big visual difference.

One thing you might want to consider is hiding the menu altogether. Does this mean you have to get rid of it? No, you can actually move the menu so it’s a link that appears in the top right or top left corner of the player. This is a great way to keep the functionality of the player, but make it less intrusive or obvious.

Choose a Simple Color Scheme

Another thing to consider is changing the color scheme of your player. The default gray is simple and neutral, but there’s lots of room for improvement to meet branding or design guidelines. When you’re choosing a new color scheme, remember that a simple, traditional, and classic scheme is always a safe bet; something too bright can be hard on the eyes. With just a few changes to the color, you can change the whole look and feel of your player.

Don’t forget about the page background color! You always have the option to change that as well to switch it up from boring white.

Use a Clear, Crisp Font

Under the Colors & Effects tab, you’ll notice a player font drop-down menu. Here you can select a different font for your player. Remember to choose something that’s easy to read—you can’t control the size of the font in the player, so pick something chunky because very thin fonts will be difficult to read.

See how a few simple color changes and an updated font have changed the look of this course player? These are just a few of the simple tips you can follow to improve your Storyline player in the next course you build. By following these tips, you can eliminate clutter and make it easier for your learners to find what they need.

Do you have tips of your own for improving the Storyline player? Leave a comment below and let me know.

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