Skip to main content

Working with stories

In this section you will find how to work with stories. For instance, you can understand how to create, duplicate and change settings for a story.

Creating new stories

Do the following:

  1. Click Story Mode to view the stories, from the app overview or sheet view.

  2. Click Create new or Create new story.

    A new story is created, with the title My new story.

  3. Give your story a meaningful title and add a description, if you want.
  4. Click outside the text area to save the title and description.

The new story is saved.

Editing stories

When you load data into an app you analyze the data to get new insights. You can present your new insights in a new story or in a edited version of an existing story. For more information, see Loading and managing data with Data Manager and Loading and transforming data with scripting.

A snapshot's state and selections will not be updated at a data reload. It will always reflect the data that existed at the point in time the snapshot was taken. However, live data sheets are not static and will be affected by a data reload.

You can replace a snapshot of a visualization on a slide by going to its source, in the app. The visualization will now have updated data. You can take a new snapshot to use in your story.

When you take a snapshot you can make an annotation for your snapshot. The annotation helps you distinguish between the different snapshots in the snapshot library when you build your story. The annotation is not visible when you play the story.

Tip: If you want to keep the original story, make a duplicate of it before you start editing.
Tip: You can download the story if you want to present it outside of Qlik Sense.

Changing the titles and descriptions of stories

You can change the title and description of your stories.

Note the following:

  • To change the name or description of a story, the app must be in your personal cloud or group workspace.

Do the following:

  1. In the app overview, click Story Mode Stories.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • If you are in grid view, Grid View, click the story title followed by clicking Edit.
    • If you are in list view, List view, click Edit.
  3. Edit Title and Description.
  4. Click outside the text area.

The changes you made are saved.

Tip: You can also change a story’s title and description in the story navigator at the top right.

Changing the thumbnails of stories

You can replace the default thumbnail of a story with another thumbnail, to make it easier to distinguish between stories in the app overview and in the story navigator. You can use one of the default images, or an image of your own.

Do the following:

  1. In the app overview, click Story Mode Stories.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • If you are in grid view, Grid View, click the story title followed by clicking Edit.
    • If you are in list view, List view, click Edit.
  3. Click Image on the default thumbnail.

    The Media library opens.

  4. Click on a folder in the media library, for example In app or Default.

  5. Select the image you want to use as a thumbnail for the story and click Insert.
  6. Click Checkmark to stop editing.

The image you selected is now used as a thumbnail for the story, and is visible in the story navigator and in the app overview.

Tip: You can also change a story’s thumbnail in the story navigator at the top right.
Tip: The optimal aspect ratio of a thumbnail is 8:5 (width:height).

The following formats are supported: .png, .jpg, .jpeg, and .gif.

For Qlik Sense: You can upload images to the In app folder in the media library. You need to use the Qlik Management Console to upload images to the default folder.

For Qlik Sense Desktop: You can place images in the following folder on your computer: C:\Users\<user>\Documents\Qlik\Sense\Content\Default. Images will be available in the default folder in the media library. When moving an app between installations, the images that you use in the app are saved in the qvf file together with the app. When you open the app in a new location, the images will be in the In app folder in the media library for the app.

Note: You can only add or change the thumbnail of an unpublished story.

Duplicating stories

You can duplicate any story, regardless of whether it belongs to the app or if you created it yourself. The purpose of duplicating stories is to save time by reusing content, and to modify the duplicate to fit your needs.

A duplicated story contains the same content as the original story, and is linked to the same snapshots. The duplicated story will not be updated if the original story is updated. Duplicated stories appear under My stories in app overview and in the story navigator.

Duplicating a story from app overview

Do the following:

  1. Click Story Mode on the left-hand side to show the stories of the app.

  2. Right-click a story.

    The shortcut menu opens.

  3. Click Duplicate.

The new story is created. It is located under My stories.

Tip: You can also duplicate a story when you are in storytelling view, using the story navigator Story Mode.

Deleting stories

Do the following:

  1. Click Story Mode to view the stories, from the app overview.

  2. Right-click the story you want to delete.

    The shortcut menu opens.

  3. Click Delete.

  4. Click Delete, to confirm that you want to delete the story.

The story is deleted from the app.

Tip: You can also delete a story in the story navigator Story Mode.