Storyline 1: Choosing Player Features

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The Features available in Storyline's Player Properties window allow you to choose exactly which features and controls you include on your course player. To customize your player features, click the Home tab on the Storyline ribbon, and then click Player.

When the Player Properties window appears, the Features button will already be selected, and you can begin setting your preferences. As you make changes to the options on the left side of the window, keep an eye on the Preview area in the right side of the window. It'll change to reflect your choices.

Choosing Player Tabs

Player tabs allow you to offer additional content to supplement your course. The player tabs appear along the top edge of the player in your published output — you can place them in a sidebar, or on the left or right top bar above your slide.

In the Player Tabs area of the Player Properties window, mark the checkbox next to the tab(s) you want to include. Storyline provides the four ready-made tabs listed below, but you can create additional tabs if you like. (More on that in a minute.)

Rearranging Player Tabs

You can place your player tabs in three different areas of the player:

  • Sidebar
  • Topbar Left
  • Topbar Right

You can have multiple tabs in each location. To move a tab from one location to another:

  1. Select the tab name in the Player Tabs area of the Player Properties window.
  2. Click either of the arrow buttons below the list of tabs until the tab is in the location where you want it to be.

For example, if my options looked like what you see below, and I wanted to move my Menu tab from the Sidebar to the Topbar Right area, I'd select the Menu and click the up arrow once.

If you choose not to display any tabs in the Sidebar of the player, the sidebar won't appear in your course at all. Storyline will adjust the width of your published output accordingly — you can see what it'll look like by checking out the Preview area on the right side of the Player Properties window.

Note: Only the four built-in tabs (Menu, Resources, Glossary, and Notes) can be moved to the sidebar. If you've added tabs of your own, these can only be placed in the Topbar Left or Topbar Right.

Displaying Different Tabs for Different Slides

If you enable any of the four built-in Storyline tabs (Menu, Resources, Glossary, or Notes), by default these will appear for all slides in your course. But if you want to show the tabs only when learners are viewing certain slides that's okay — you can do that. To learn how, check out this tutorial on slide properties.

Adding More Tabs to Your Player

Besides the four ready-made tabs that come with Storyline, you can also add tabs of your own. These tabs can contain any additional slide content that you want, or you can assign any other trigger action to them. Here's how to add a tab:

  1. Click the Add button (the icon that looks like a blank piece of paper) below the list of player tabs.
  2. The Trigger Wizard window appears. Type a name for the tab in the Name field.
  3. Use the Align field to choose where to place the tab. You can choose Topbar Left or Topbar Right.
  4. Use the Action field, along with the fields that follow it, to tell Storyline how to respond when learners click the tab. This is called a Trigger. (For example, if you want a certain slide to appear in a lightbox when the learner clicks the tab, you would choose Lightbox slide as the trigger action, and then choose the slide you want to lightbox.) You can also include Conditions that determine the circumstances under which the trigger occurs. To learn more about triggers and conditions, check out this tutorial.
  5. When you're finished entering the Trigger information for your new tab, click OK.

Editing Tabs

If you've added any tabs of your own, you can edit their names or behavior. Just select a tab name in the Player Tabs pane of the Player Properties manager and click the pencil icon. This pops up the Trigger Wizard window, where you can change the tab's name, location, and trigger action.

Note:  The behavior of the built-in player tabs (Menu, Resources, Glossary, and Notes) can't be edited. You can, however, change these tabs' names by editing the player's Text Labels.

Removing Tabs

You can exclude a tab from appearing on your player by unmarking the checkbox to the right of the tab name. If you do this, the tab will no longer be visible in your course when you publish, but it does stay within your Player Properties options in case you ever want to turn it back on again.

If you want to permanently delete a tab from your player, you can select the tab and click the red X below the list of tabs. Only tabs that you've added to your player can be deleted. You won't be able to delete any of Storyline's four preset tabs (Menu, Resources, Glossary, or Notes).

Choosing Sidebar Behavior and the Course Title

In the Features area of the window, you can turn the course title on or off, and you can choose where to put the sidebar, if you're using one.

  • Title: Mark this checkbox if you want the course title to appear in the top left area of the player. The title defaults to the name of your Storyline file, but you can use a different title by editing the text in this field (if you do that, it won't change the name of your actual Storyline file; it'll only change the title that displays on the player.) You can also remove the title altogether if you prefer, by unmarking the box.
  • Sidebar: If you've chosen to include any player tabs in your sidebar, or if you've added a logo to the sidebar (which we'll cover below), you can use this selector to choose where the sidebar appears. The default location is On Left, but you can change it to On Right if you prefer.  

Choosing a Logo and Player Controls

The Controls area of the window is where you choose player controls and add a logo to the player, if you like. Here are your options:

  • Volume: If this box is marked, a volume control will appear on your player, to the lower-left of your slide.
  • Search: Mark this box to include a search field on the Menu tab of your player. Learners can use this to search for content within your slides or slide notes. Keep in mind that because the Search field is part of the Menu tab, it'll only appear in your published course if you've marked Menu in the Player Tabs area of the Player Properties window.
  • Seekbar: Mark this box to include a seekbar on your player. The seekbar will automatically include a play/pause button and a replay button.
  • Logo: Mark this box to add a logo to the topmost area of the player's sidebar. Use the Click to add a logo link and then select the image you want to use. For best results, use an image that is a maximum of 200 pixels wide and 220 pixels high. If your image doesn't fit within those dimensions, Storyline will scale it to fit.
    Note:  When you add a logo to your sidebar, Storyline includes a border and slight shadow on it. If you want to change or remove either of these, no problem—you can customize their colors (or make them transparent) by modifying your player's color scheme

What About Navigation Controls, Like Prev and Next buttons?

You might have noticed that the Controls listed on the Player Properties window don't include slide navigation controls, such as Prev (previous) and Next buttons, or a Submit button for quiz slides. That's because you can customize these for individual slides or scenes by using the Slide Properties pane. This tutorial covers how to customize the Slide Properties.

Saving Your Changes to the Player

If you click OK on the Player Properties window and then save your project by clicking the Save button above the Storyline ribbon, Storyline saves your player customizations within your project. It's a good practice, though, to save your player separately, because this allows you to apply the same player customizations to other projects if you like.

To save your player, click the Current Player button on the Player Properties window and choose Save. Enter a name for the player if you're prompted, and click OK.

For more details about using the Current Player options, see the tutorial called Saving Your Player or Switching to a Different One.