Storyline 1: Working with Tables

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Storyline 1 does not support tables.  If you'd like to suggest this feature, submit a request to our product development team for review.  We take these requests seriously.

In the meantime, here are some alternatives for adding tables to your Storyline courses:

Import the table from PowerPoint

One option is to create a table the way you want it to look in PowerPoint. Then import the PowerPoint slide into Storyline.

Be aware that tables imported from PowerPoint get converted to images in Storyline.  As a result:

  • You won't be able to edit text in tables after they've been imported into Storyline.
  • If you include the Search bar in your Storyline player, users won't be able to search for text in tables.

However, you can workaround this by ungrouping your table in PowerPoint before you import it into Storyline. Click here for instructions.

Create the table in another program and save it as an image

Another option is to create a table the way you want it to look in another program, such as Microsoft Word or Microsoft PowerPoint.  Save the table as an image or take a screenshot of it.  Then import the image into Storyline.

Use a web object with Microsoft Excel or Google Spreadsheets

One option that may work nicely, depending on the design of your course, is to create a table in Microsoft Excel or Google Spreadsheets.  (If you use Excel, upload the spreadsheet to a free Microsoft OneDrive account, so it's hosted online.)

Then embed the online spreadsheet into your Storyline course as a web object.

Use Storyline shapes

If you need to edit the text in a table at some point in the future or if you want users to be able to search for the text in a table, you could build it from Storyline shapes.  Use the rectangle shape for each cell in the table, and type your text into each rectangle.

Attach the table as a resource

Another possibility is to create your table in another program, and then attach it to your Storyline course as a resource.  You can direct users to view the attachment at any time with on-slide text or narration.