Tabbing Order

With the new updates it seems that the tab order no longer functions as it use to. I have several slides in a project with layers. It was designed to tab from base layer content to layer content but now it starts tabbing from the beginning of the base layer when it goes to each layer. It did not do this before your most recent updates. Tab order is set correctly to go to the first thing on the layer once the layer opens but instead it goes back to the start of the base layer.

We have also noticed that some of the yellow border boxes are no longer centred on the item being tabbed to. We find on a number of occasions that they are noticeably off centre. 

19 Replies
Alyssa Gomez

Hi there William,

I'm so sorry you're running into both of these issues. It looks like they were introduced with the latest Storyline 360 Update 17, and our team is currently looking into a fix for those.

As soon as I know more, I'll pass the information along to you. I appreciate you letting us know these bugs are affecting your project!

Chris Roberson


We are having the same issue with the new update on any slides we have that have buttons linked to layers. All of our material needs to be ADA compliant, so the tabbing must go in the correct sequence we specify using the custom tab order.

The tabbing goes in the correct order on the base layer, but after you select a button, it will tab to the first item on the list, which is always the title in our projects, then it tabs through the buttons first before highlighting the content on the layer you are on.

Before the update, the user would select a button on the base layer, then it would tab to the content on the layer, then to the next button on the base layer. Going in the correct order we had it set at. 

We have deadlines coming up on our projects, so it would be much appreciated if I could get any updates on the progress of a fix for this issue. Thank you for looking into this!


Jonathon Christy

Here's a fix for the issue that may apply. On each layer, you have to enable "prevent the user from clicking on the base layer". That way, tabbing will not go back to the base layer and stay on the slide layer. You also would need a "Close" button or functionality on the slide layer to return to the base layer.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Onoda,

The issue where tab order restarts from the beginning when a layer is opened was fixed in Update 19 of Storyline 360 (we're not on Storyline 360, build 3.22.17236.0). Do you know what version of Storyline you're currently using?

The other issue mentioned here where when a user is tabbing through slide objects the yellow box is misaligned is still open with our team for investigation. We'll keep you posted on that here! 

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Matt,

The issue where tab order restarts from the beginning when a layer is opened is scheduled to be fixed in the next update of Storyline 3 - which is coming very soon! The other issue mentioned in this discussion where the yellow tab focus box is not centered on slide objects or player buttons is still open and our team is investigating. 

We'll let you know here once either fixes are available. 

Alyssa Gomez

Hey, William!

I wanted to let you know we fixed the issue you reported where the yellow tab focus box was not centered on slide objects or player buttons.

Install the latest Storyline 360 update to take advantage of all the recent features and fixes.

If the problem happens again, please record a Peek 360 screencast for me, and I’ll be happy to help!