How To Create Multi-Tabbed Content in Storyline

How To Create Multi-Tabbed Content in Storyline

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Articulate Storyline is a powerful tool for creating interactive e-learning courses. It provides a wide range of features and functionalities that can significantly enhance the learner experience. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create multi-tabbed content in a Storyline slide.

Using multi-tab content in Articulate Storyline, particularly through the utilization of layers and triggers, significantly enhances the instructional design and learner experience in e-learning courses. This approach not only streamlines the presentation of information but also amplifies engagement and interactivity, which are critical for effective learning. Mult-tabbed content tells and cues the learner that the information presented is closely related to each other and supportive of the main topic.


Solution Strategy or Considerations

This demo and tutorial includes the following Storyline features and functionality:

  • Using Layers
  • Triggers for Tabs
  • Tab Creation
  • Advanced Navigation
  • Lightbox Slides
  • Scrolling Panel
  • Creating Button Sets
  • Object formatting from current Theme

Tools and Systems Used

  • PowerPoint for Concept
  • Articulate Storyline


There’s always something to learn, even when I’m teaching on a subject I’m familiar with. Just getting my computer, audio, screen capture, and script prepared and set up for use, takes a bit of time and great care. 

I know that the more I do this sharing of knowledge and skills, the easier it will get over time. 


Tools Used Throughout Course Design and Development

  • PowerPoint 20% 20%
  • Storyline 50% 50%
  • Camtasia 30% 30%
  • SnagIt 10% 10%
  • Adobe Audition 10% 10%

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Here are several points highlighting the importance and value of using multi-tab content in Storyline:

1. Improved Navigation and Organization
Multi-tab content allows for a more organized and structured presentation of information. By categorizing content into tabs, learners can easily navigate through the material, focusing on one section at a time. This method reduces cognitive overload by breaking down complex information into manageable chunks.

2. Enhanced Engagement
Interactivity is a key factor in learner engagement. By using triggers to show or hide content layers based on the learner’s interaction with tabs, courses become more interactive and engaging. This active involvement in the learning process improves attention and motivation, leading to better retention of information.

3. Personalized Learning Experience
Learners come with different backgrounds, skills, and learning paces. Multi-tab content allows learners to control their learning journey by choosing what content to explore and in what order. This self-directed learning approach caters to individual learning preferences and needs, making the learning experience more personalized and effective.

4. Space Optimization
Screen real estate is valuable, especially for complex topics or when designing for mobile devices. Multi-tab content maximizes the use of space by consolidating information into tabs rather than spreading it across multiple slides. This compact design keeps learners focused and reduces the need to navigate away from the current slide, thereby maintaining context and flow.

5. Increased Interactivity without External Plugins
Storyline’s built-in layers and triggers eliminate the need for external plugins or complex programming to create interactive multi-tab content. Designers can easily set up triggers that show or hide layers when a tab is clicked, making it straightforward to build sophisticated interactivity within the Storyline environment.

6. Supports Varied Content Types
Each tab can contain different types of content, including text, images, videos, and interactive elements. This versatility allows instructional designers to present information in the most appropriate format for each topic, catering to diverse learning styles and enhancing the overall learning experience.

7. Facilitates Scenario-based Learning
Multi-tab content is ideal for scenario-based learning, where learners can explore different outcomes or paths based on their choices. Using layers and triggers, designers can create branching scenarios within a single slide, making the scenarios more immersive and reflective of real-life decision-making.

8. Promotes Knowledge Retention
The interactive nature of multi-tab content, requiring learners to actively engage with the material, promotes deeper cognitive processing. This active engagement helps in better knowledge retention as learners are not just passively consuming information but are involved in their learning process.

9. Accessibility
When designed with accessibility in mind, multi-tab content can be navigated using keyboard shortcuts, and content within tabs can be made accessible to screen readers. This ensures that the course is inclusive and accessible to all learners, including those with disabilities.

Incorporating multi-tab content using layers and triggers in Articulate Storyline courses offers a dynamic and flexible way to present information. It not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of the courses but also significantly improves learner engagement, understanding, and retention of the material. By leveraging these features, instructional designers can create more effective and interactive e-learning experiences.

Alternative Workforce (AWF) Training

Alternative Workforce (AWF) Training

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Solution Strategy or Considerations

This course, originally designed in Lectora, was going to be converted to Storyline as the Training Team was going to standardize on this tool moving forward. 

While conversion isn’t necessarily difficult, finding a way to make the content more interesting and engaging was. I went after a friendlier design, using vector characters to keep the overall tone “light and friendly.”

Tools and Systems Used

  • Lectora
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Camtasia
  • Storyline
  • Excel
  • MS Planner

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Best Practices for Utilizing AWF Resources

Identify Specific Needs: Clearly define the scope of work, required skills, and expected outcomes. This helps in selecting the right AWF resources that align with your business goals.

Engage Through AWF Online: Utilize the AWF Online platform to source, vet, and manage AWF resources. The platform’s tools and services streamline the process of finding the right talent and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

Ensure Clear Communication: Establish clear communication channels and expectations from the outset. This includes project objectives, timelines, reporting structures, and feedback mechanisms.

Compliance and Classification: Adhere strictly to local labor laws and classification guidelines to avoid misclassification of AWF resources. Misclassification can lead to legal and financial repercussions.

Integration and Inclusion: While AWF resources are not employees, fostering a sense of inclusion can enhance collaboration and productivity. Ensure they have access to the necessary information, tools, and support to perform their roles effectively.


Been quite some time, since I had used Lectora. It’s actually quite a good training design development tool with many similarities with Storyline.

Many of the features and functionality were on par with each other. The main difference lies in the UX/UI where I would give Storyline more points for intuitiveness. 

There were about a dozen or so modules that needed to be converted, and so I was working on about 3-4 at a time, staggering development and review phases. I used Microsoft Planner to communicate progress and status with stakeholders. I also used a shared Excel spreadsheet to keep track of feedback, comments, review, and revision status. 

Use of the shared spreadsheet and Planner, really helped to keep everything organized and on-track. 


Tools Used Throughout Course Design and Development

  • Lectora 20% 20%
  • Storyline 50% 50%
  • Photoshop 10% 10%
  • Excel 10% 10%
  • MS Planner 10% 10%
  • Audition 10% 10%

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Understanding AWF Online Policies

  1. Compliance: AWF Online policies are designed to ensure that the engagement of AWF resources complies with all relevant labor laws and regulations. Familiarize yourself with these policies to mitigate risks associated with non-compliance.
  2. Data Security and Confidentiality: Given the sensitive nature of the work, ensuring the protection of corporate data is paramount. AWF Online includes guidelines on data security practices AWF resources must follow.
  3. Performance Management: The platform provides mechanisms for tracking the performance of AWF resources. Understanding these tools will help managers effectively oversee project progress and address any issues promptly.
  4. Contractual Obligations: Familiarity with contractual obligations, as outlined in AWF Online, is crucial. This includes understanding the terms of engagement, payment schedules, and conditions for termination of contracts.
  5. Continuous Learning and Development: AWF Online may offer resources for training and development to ensure AWF resources are up-to-date with the latest industry standards and technologies. Encouraging the use of these resources can improve project outcomes.


Effectively managing an alternative workforce is key to navigating the complexities of the modern business landscape. By leveraging AWF Online, managers can ensure that their engagement of AWF resources is strategic, compliant, and conducive to achieving business objectives. Understanding and adhering to AWF Online policies is not just a regulatory requirement but a strategic advantage that promotes flexibility, innovation, and growth.