Importing PowerPoint slides into Storyline can be a big time-saver. In this tutorial, we’ll import a few PowerPoint slides, review the imported content, and edit the navigation triggers.

Watch this video demonstration, then follow the activities below to practice.

Practice Activities:

  1. Import PowerPoint Slides
  2. Review the Imported Slides
  3. Edit the Navigation Triggers

Practice Activity: Import PowerPoint Slides

In this activity, we'll import PowerPoint slides into Storyline.

  1. Create a new Storyline project.
  2. Go to the Slides tab on the ribbon, click Import, and choose Import PowerPoint.
  3. Select the venturetech.pptx presentation from your practice files.
  4. Import all four slides from the PowerPoint presentation.

Learn more about importing PowerPoint slides into Storyline 360 and Storyline 3.

Practice Activity: Review the Imported Slides

Review your imported slides to see how Storyline handles PowerPoint content.

  1. First, notice that the PowerPoint hyperlinks were imported into Storyline as triggers. In Story View, you can see the branching layout of your scenario.
  2. Notice that all the PowerPoint objects were imported and appear on the Storyline timeline in Slide View. Imported objects are editable—text boxes, shapes, pictures, etc. In most cases, Storyline retains PowerPoint object attributes, so you can edit them in Storyline like you do in PowerPoint.
  3. Go to the Notes panel in Storyline and you’ll find that the PowerPoint slide notes were also imported.
  4. Go to View tab on the ribbon and click Slide Master. You’ll see that the slide master and layouts from PowerPoint were imported as well, so you can create new slides in Storyline with a consistent design.

Practice Activity: Edit the Navigation Triggers

It’s always wise to test imported slides to make sure they behave as you expect. You might need to adjust or delete navigation triggers in Storyline to achieve the interaction you want.

In this case, Storyline added an extra “Jump to next slide” trigger to each slide based on the properties of the Presenter project. Let’s remove those extra triggers.

  1. Switch to Story View and select all your slides.
  2. Go to the Slide Properties panel and choose By user from the Slide advances drop-down list.

Now the slides will only advance when learners click the hyperlinked objects.

Learn more about adjusting slide properties in Storyline 360 and Storyline 3.


You've learned how to import PowerPoint slides into Storyline and edit the navigation triggers.

Most PowerPoint and Presenter features are supported in Storyline. See these articles for details: Storyline 360 and Storyline 3.

In the next tutorial, we’ll explore adding interactivity to a course.