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Storytelling view

You can create or open a story by clicking Storytelling under the Narrate tab in the toolbar.

In storytelling view, you can do the following:

  • Build stories to present insights and ideas based on your data discoveries.
  • Play a story as it would be presented to an audience.
  • Publish a story.

Build (edit)

You build stories by using snapshots of your visualizations. To make the stories look good you can add different kinds of visual effects and content such as text, shapes, images and effects.

The storytelling building view with snapshot of line chart Quarterly Trend.

The storytelling building view with snapshot of line chart Quarterly Trend.

A: Toolbar

The toolbar contains the global menu and useful commands.

Toolbar options
UI item Description

Global menu with navigation options, and actions that you can perform in your app.

For more information about tabbed browsing and the global menu, see Navigating using tabs.

More Show or hide app information, where you can choose to edit app information or open app options and style your app.

Prepare your data. You can select Data manager, Data model viewer, or Data load editor.


Analyze your data. You can select Sheet or Insights.


Tell a story with your data. You can select Storytelling.

B: Play

Play the story before you make it available for others.

For more information, see Presenting stories.

C: Story timeline

The story timeline gives you an overview of and control over the composition of your story. You can navigate inside the story using the slide thumbnails.

For more information, see Story timeline.

D: Current slide

You work with the current slide by inserting snapshots, text, shapes, and visual effects from the story tools.

For more information, see Story slide.

E: Snapshots

A selected unlocked slide item with resizing handles.

Snapshots options
UI item Description
Unlocked Lock the snapshot.

Edit the snapshot.

For more information, see Editing slides and Changing a snapshot’s appearance.


Replace the snapshot.

For more information, see Replacing a snapshot on a slide.

F: Tools and libraries

A set of tools and libraries to help build your story and make it look good.

For more information, see Story tools.

G: New slides

Create new slides to add to your story timeline.

To learn more about adding slides, see Creating a slide.

H: Edit items

Cut, copy, paste, and delete items on the slide.

For more information, see Copying and moving items on story slides and Deleting items from a slide.


When you play a story, through your snapshots, you can get access to the visualizations from where the snapshots originate. If you have live data sheets in your story, you can make selections in these live data sheets, just as you can in a sheet when you are analyzing.

These abilities bring your story to life and you can answer new questions from your audience and steer the story in new directions. For more information, see Presenting stories.

Touch gestures in storytelling view

The table describes the touch gestures that are used for navigating in storytelling view.

Touch gestures for navigating in storytelling view
Touch gesture Description
Tap Highlight a data point in a snapshot by applying an effect.
Double-tap Edit a text object or an image.
Long-touch and release Open the shortcut menu.
Long-touch and drag

Move a slide to a new location in the timeline.

Move an item on a slide.


Scroll the list in the snapshot library.

Go to the next or previous slide when playing a story.

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