Storyline - Export Focus Order to CSV File

Take on massive changes to focus order with shapes in a Storyline file and finish in minutes instead of hours.


Background Information

Focus order is not just for accessibility, it is used to drive the focus from active element to active element on the display. While, in many cases, the default focus order created by Storyline can be correct in using a left-to-right, top-to-bottom sequence, that order is not always correct. In some cases, the order is completely wrong. Consider a simple usual case where the correct ordering of objects on the screen is columnar (top-to-bottom, left-to-right). In such a case, all of the focus order assignments on all but the top-left item will have to be reset, and if there are hundreds of items on multiple layers, the task of making this simple change can take several hours.

Storyline users have expressed their frustrations with the extreme amount of time required to adjust the focus order of objects, as shown in the user complaints originally found on the Articulate discussion forum at:



This action allows you to export the focus order of objects on your slide to a CSV file that can be edited in any spreadsheet application or text editor.

Follow these steps to export the file.

After the file has been saved, you can use Windows Explorer to open it in Microsoft Excel, LibreOffice Calc, Microsoft Visual Studio Code, or even Notepad.

Upon opening the file, edit the cell values within the Index column to update the focus order then save the file before re-importing it using the complimentary Import Focus Order From CSV File action.