Honey I Shrunk the Storyline Variable Text

Honey, I Shrunk the StoryLine Variable Text!

It was an experiment gone bad!

A recent StoryLine project required that several journal entries be recorded as variables, and then displayed in a lightbox popup. Creating a textbox populated by the variable name, flanked by “%” signs, imports the variable text when viewing the course.

That’s when it happened; StoryLine fits all the variable text into the text box by shrinking the font size. I had shrunk the variable text!

This was bad, very bad. The first thing I tried was the textbox formatting. Selecting the textbox and right clicking brings up a contextual menu. I selected the bottom entry “Format Shape,” and checked the “Do not Autofit,” and “Wrap text in shape” options.  I also set the textbox height to be bigger.

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