How to pause the timeline of a slide

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Here's one way to pause (or stop) the timeline of a slide in Storyline:

  1. Add a new layer to your slide.
  2. Click the Properties button (gear icon) for the new layer, and change the following properties:
    • Change Allow seeking to No.
    • Mark the box to Pause timeline of base layer.
  3. Then add a Show layer trigger on the base layer of the slide. (You may need to add a button or another object to the slide to execute the trigger.)
  4. And add a Hide layer trigger on the layer itself. (Again, you may need to add a button or another object to the layer to execute the trigger.)