Add interactivity to your courses with ready-made check boxes. Customize their appearance to fit your course design and add triggers to control their actions.

Adding Check Boxes

  1. Go to the slide or layer where you want to add a check box, then go to the Insert tab on the ribbon.
  2. Click Input and choose one of the check box styles.
  3. Click the slide where you want the check box to appear.

Adding Text to Check Boxes

There’s no need to create a separate text box to add text to a check box. Just select the check box and start typing. The text becomes part of the check box object.

To change the font and paragraph settings, select the check box and use the options on the Home tab. (Learn more about formatting text.)

To change the alignment, autofit behavior, and margins, right-click the check box, choose Format Shape, and select the Text Box tab. (Learn more about formatting text boxes.)

Renaming Check Boxes

Storyline gives each check box a default name: Check Box 1, Check Box 2, etc. We recommend giving them more intuitive names, so they're recognizable when adding triggers and creating freeform interactions.

One way to rename a check box is to right-click it, select Rename, enter a new name, and click OK.

Another way is to double-click the check box in the timeline to open it for editing, enter a new name, and press Enter on your keyboard.

Formatting Check Boxes

Formatting check boxes is a snap. Select a check box and go to the Format tab on the ribbon. You can change the check box’s styles, colors, and effects.

The colors available on the Format tab come from your theme colors.

Working with Check Box States

Check boxes have several built-in states that change the way they look when learners hover over them, click them, or otherwise interact with them.

Check-box states in Articulate Storyline 3

By default, check boxes have Normal, Hover, Down, Disabled, and Selected states. You can modify any of these built-in states and even create your own custom states. See this user guide for details.

Making Check Boxes Work

Use Articulate Storyline’s interactivity tools to make check boxes work. Here are some things you can do:

Add a trigger

Triggers perform actions based on learner interaction.

For example, you might use a check box to show a layer, play a video, or adjust a variable. These and many other actions can be handled with triggers.

See this user guide to learn about triggers.

Convert to freeform interaction

You can use check boxes as choices in an interaction. Just convert the slide to a freeform interaction, such as a multiple-response activity.

You can even score the interaction and display customized feedback.

To learn more about converting slides to freeform interactions, see this user guide.

Create a button set

If you add more than one check box to a slide and you want learners to select only one at a time, add them to a button set.

Button sets force objects to behave like radio buttons—i.e., when a learner selects one check box from the set, the others automatically become deselected.

You can even have multiple button sets on a single slide.

See this user guide for details.

Changing the Default Check Box Characteristics

If you customize the look of a check box and want those same attributes to apply to all new check boxes in the same Storyline project, right-click the check box and choose Set as Default Check Box.

Deleting Check Boxes

To delete a check box, select it on the slide or in the timeline, then click Delete on your keyboard.