Storyline allows you to choose your preferences related to spelling and several system options. In this tutorial, we'll take a look at how to access and change these options.
Opening the Storyline Options Window
First, you'll need to open the Options window by doing this:
- Click the Articulate button in the upper-left corner of the Storyline window.
- Click Storyline Options.
The Storyline Options window appears, where you can set or change the following options.
Use the top section of the window to indicate your preferences for general Storyline options:
- Check for updates at startup: If you leave this box checked and if you're connected to the internet when you launch Storyline, the program will automatically check to see if updates are available.
- Enable publishing for manual upload to Articulate Online: If you use Articulate Online, normally you'll publish and upload your content all at the same time. But if you'd like the option of publishing locally first, and then manually uploading your content, you can mark this box. For more details on manually uploading content to Articulate Online, check out this tutorial.
- Reset "Don't show again prompts": For some actions, such as when you delete a slide or scene, Storyline displays a confirmation prompt along with a checkbox that says "Don't show again" or "Don't ask again." If you mark that checkbox, Storyline will no longer display the confirmation prompt when you perform that action. To reset your preferences so that Storyline once again displays all confirmations, click Reset "Don't show again prompts."
On the Storyline Options window, click Spelling Options to set your preferences for the Storyline spell checker and dictionary. Keep in mind that preferences you set here will also affect Articulate Quizmaker and Articulate Engage, if you have those products installed. (If you have Articulate Presenter installed, the spelling options here will not affect it, since Presenter uses the spelling options from within Microsoft Office).
- Hide spelling errors: Hides the wavy red lines that normally appear under misspelled words while you're editing your slides. (But if you run a spell-check, the misspelled words will still be caught.) If you choose to leave the wavy red lines visible, you can right-click on any misspelled word for a list of suggested spellings.
- Ignore words in UPPERCASE: Words with all capital letters won't get spell-checked.
- Ignore words with numbers: Words that contain numbers won't get spell-checked.
- Ignore Internet and file addresses: Website URLs, file names and paths, and syntax like mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org won't get spell-checked.
- Ignore capitalized words: Words with initial capital letters won't get spell-checked.
- Ignore words with mixed case: Words that contain both uppercase and lowercase letters won't get spell-checked.
- Ignore HTML markups: Words with HTML tags won't get spell-checked.
- Allow accented words: Words with accented letters won't get spell-checked.
- Report doubled words: Instances of two words appearing one after the other will get flagged during spell-check.
- Suggest split words: If a misspelled word appears to be two separate words, Storyline might suggest an appropriate correction during spell-check.
- Phonetic suggestions: During spell-check, if a misspelled word resembles the phonetic spelling of an actual word, Storyline will provide suggested corrections.
- Typographical suggestions: During spell-check, Storyline will provide suggested corrections that are typographically similar to the misspelled word. (For example, if you type "potatoe" the words "potatoes" or "potato" will be suggested.)
- Case sensitive: Enables Storyline to distinguish words based on the case patterns of their letters.
- Auto-correct: Enables Storyline to dynamically correct misspellings as you type. If you mark this box, you can also click the auto-correct Options button to customize the auto-correct dictionary. See the "Auto-Correct Options" section of this tutorial for more details.
If you change your mind about any of the options you've marked or unmarked on this window, you can switch back to the default settings by clicking Restore Defaults.
From the Spelling Options window shown above, you can use the Dictionary settings to switch Storyline's spell checker to a different language, or to manage your custom spell-check dictionaries.
Use the Main Dictionary language selector to choose the dictionary you want to use for spell checking. Click Custom Dictionaries to add, modify, or remove a custom dictionary. A custom dictionary is a way to supplement your main dictionary with additional words that you don't need Storyline to flag during spell-checking, such as names, industry-specific or technical words, or alternative spellings.
Managing Custom Dictionaries
If you click Custom Dictionaries on the Spelling Options window, the window below appears, where you can do the following:
- Modify a dictionary: Select a dictionary and click Modify. A window appears where you can add or remove words from your custom dictionary. To add a word, type it in the Word field and click Add. To remove a word, select it from the list and click Delete. Click OK when you're done making changes.
- Change the default dictionary: To use a different custom dictionary by default, choose a dictionary from the list on the Custom Dictionaries window and click Change Default.
- Create a new dictionary: Click New. Type a name for your new dictionary in the File name field. Click Save. The new dictionary will now be in your dictionary list, and you can add words to it as needed.
- Add a dictionary that already exists on your computer: This option is for cases when you've obtained a .dic file from someone else and you have the file on your computer but it doesn't appear in the Dictionary list. Click Add, navigate to the .dic file you'd like to use, and select it. Click Open. The dictionary will now be in your dictionary list, and you can modify it as needed.
- Remove a dictionary: Select a dictionary you want to remove. Click Remove. This doesn't remove the .dic file from your hard drive, but it does remove it from your dictionary list in Storyline and other Articulate programs.
The auto-correct options allow you to set your preferences for the way Storyline automatically corrects common misspellings. You can reach these options either by clicking the Options button on the Spelling Options window shown earlier in this tutorial, or by clicking Auto-Correct Options on the Storyline Options window, as shown below.
When the AutoCorrect window appears, you can turn the auto-correct feature on or off by marking or unmarking the Replace text as you type box.
If auto-correct is on, then any time you're editing text on a Storyline slide and you type a word that's listed in the left-hand column, Storyline will replace it with the corresponding text from the right-hand column. Here's how you can customize the auto-correct behavior:
- To change the text Storyline uses for the correction: Select a word in the left-hand column. In the With field, type the text you want Storyline to replace it with. Then click Replace.
- To remove a word from the auto-correct list: Select the word you want to remove and click Delete.
- To add a word to the auto-correct list: In the Replace field, type the word you want to add. In the With field, type the word you want it replaced with. Then click Add.
Click OK when you're done managing your auto-correct list.
On the Storyline Options window, there's also a section for Proxy Settings. These options are for Articulate Online users who may need to use a proxy server in order to publish their course to an Articulate Online account.
In most cases, leaving the default option selected (Use Internet Explorer proxy settings) will work just fine, but if your organization uses a proxy server, you can select Use proxy server and enter the Address and Port. Check with your IT department if you're unsure about whether you need to do this or if you don't know the address and port information.