In this video, learn how to use PowerPoint slides from an existing presentation and choosing some or all of them to create a new Storyline 3 project.
- Well before E-learning authoring software ever existed, trainers would typically use presentation software, the most popular being PowerPoint. You could be delivering a presentation live, displaying slides on a big screen, or you could create self-running, interactive presentations using PowerPoint, which could be considered the early versions of E-Learning. Well, if you want to recreate that here in Storyline 3, you don't have to start from scratch.
The good news is, you can bring your slides from PowerPoint right into Storyline 3 to create a new project or add them to an existing project. In this movie, we're going to create a new project but we're going to do it by bringing in PowerPoint slides from an existing PowerPoint presentation. So we've closed everything up. We're back to the splash screen, and instead of going up to New Project, we're going to go to Import. Click the dropdown, and that's where you'll find Import PowerPoint right on top. Clicking here means we'll be able to search for our presentations, and choose to bring some or all of the slides into a brand new project that will be created on the fly here in Storyline.
Then we'll have the slides we want, but we'll also have all of the E-Learning authoring tools of Storyline to add power to that project. So navigate to the Chapter 2 folder of your exercise files. You'll find one there. LH_Slides0202, it's a PPTX file, but you can bring in the older presentations as well that end with PPPT for example. You can see some of the macro-enabled ones as well, even templates. We're bringing in this newer version of a PowerPoint presentation.
When it is selected, click Open, and you can see, it's actually reading the PowerPoint project, analyzing the slides, and will eventually display those slides as thumbnails and you'll notice every one of them is selected, or highlighted in blue. So by default, if we were to click Import, we'd be importing every one of those slides. Look at some of the titles here for these slides. They come from the title right on the slide. Those will be the names of our slides when they are imported as well.
Now if you didn't want them all, no problem. You could go up here to Select None. By choosing None, notice none of them are highlighted or selected. And then go in here and start selecting the ones that you do want to bring in, using shift control for example, or just go up to Select All, and then you can start deselecting the ones you didn't want. I think we should have them all selected. Down below they will be inserted into a new scene. This is going to be a brand new project, actually, created with a new starting scene.
The other option though, is if you have an actual project open already you can bring them into a current scene. Notice that the scene name is going to be the same as the name of your PowerPoint file, and in this case, that doesn't really work. So we can go in here and change this ahead of time. We could change it after it's brought into our new project, or save ourselves some time by doing it right here. This is going to be Orientation Training. So the new scene will be created on the fly in our new project and all of the slides will be brought in to that scene when we click Import.
So as you can see now it's busy inserting the slides into our brand new project that's being created. I want you to keep in mind here, if you have a very large PowerPoint presentation with many many slides, and if many of those slides are full of heavy content, what I mean by that is high resolution graphics, audio, video, this can take a while. But it's worth it in the end, for the head start you'll get with your new Storyline project.
So you may need some patience depending on the size of your PowerPoint presentation. Sit back, relax, take a break, and eventually all of the slides that were selected will be brought in to your brand new project here in Storyline, ready for you to start working on the content. So let's sit back and give it a minute. And eventually, it reaches the end. You can see a brand new untitled project is created. The asterisk indicates we have to save our changes. We're in Story View. There is one scene with the red flag, indicating it is our starting scene.
And down below you can see all of the thumbnails representing each of the slides that was brought in from PowerPoint. Notice down below each slide as well every one of them has an actual name. And the name comes from the actual title in the slide itself, but they're also numbered, every one of them starting with a one. And you can see it goes all the way to 1.10. Ten slides in our first scene, scene one, our starting scene. Now we're ready to start working on the content, which is as simple as double-clicking the thumbnail.
Let's go to the first one and double-click. Opens it up in slide view, and as you can see we have some content here, some that might need fixing, so typos might be brought over, everything that we saw in our PowerPoint presentation appears here in our Storyline project. And we're ready to start editing content, adding content, adding new slides, et cetera. But the point is, if you have existing content in a PowerPoint presentation, you don't have to start over from scratch here in Storyline 3, recreating that content.
If you already have it, remember, you can always import slides from PowerPoint to start your new project here in Storyline 3.
- What constitutes good elearning?
- Setting up global preferences
- Starting a new project from scratch
- Adding animation, transitions, and images to a project
- Creating and editing buttons
- Adding background audio
- Ensuring accessibility
- Elearning assessment basics
- Publishing your project