A while back, we talked about how to partially restrict navigation when using a custom menu. Partial restriction for that example simply means requiring the user to, at minimum, click through each slide of a menu topic before being able to move on to the next menu topic.

Today, we’re going to talk about how to also require the user to view each slide, and its layers, in their entirety.

Please note, we DO NOT advocate this approach for most courses. Frankly, your users will be annoyed if you lock everything down in every course. However, some clients want (or require) that users view all the content. This is the use case for the rest of this article.

The Storyline file we’re working from in this article is the same file that was included in the previous post, so we’re just going to pick up where we left off. If you haven’t viewed the previous post, it might be a good idea to start there. Again, the source file for this post has been included if you want to download it.

Fully Restricting Navigation

One of the awesome additions to Storyline 2 is the ability to accomplish what I’ll call full restriction of the navigation by using 2 new features: hiding the Next button and making the Seekbar read-only. Let’s talk about the Next button first.

By adding the 2 triggers below to every slide (or to the appropriate master slides if you want to save yourself some time) you can restrict access to the Next button until the end of the slide:

Trigger 1 – Change the state of the Next button to Hidden when the timeline starts, and

Trigger 2 – Change the state of the Next button to Normal when the timeline ends.

You don’t necessarily have to base these on the timeline though. Once you get more familiar with triggers, you can change Trigger 2 (Changing the Next button to normal) at any time you want: like when the user clicks certain objects, types into a text field, when a variable has changed, or just about anything.

The second step to full lock down is making the Seekbar read-only. This lets the learner view the slide progression via the Seekbar, without giving them the ability to fast forward to the end of the slide. To accomplish this, click Player at the top, check the box next to Seekbar, and change the drop-down to “Seekbar is Read Only.”

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That’s all there is to it! Keep in mind that while we’ve paired this “full restriction” up with our article on partial restriction using a custom menu, you do not need to use a custom menu for this to work.

If you want to use the built-in Storyline menu for the partial restriction, and the steps in this article to complete the full restriction, you can achieve this right out of the gate with very little effort at all.

Restricting Navigation: Use When Warranted

While locking down the user navigation through a course is certainly not something we recommend for every situation, there are definitely instances where many people feel it’s warranted. In these cases, you can use the steps above to achieve full or partial lockdown, even when you want the look of a custom course menu.