What is Storyline?


Storyline is the backbone of your Sway. It contains all of your Sway’s content, such as text, images, videos, and tweets.  

Storyline is where you write your text and organize your content, keeping you focused on your ideas.  As you create, Sway is putting your content into a cohesive layout for you, which you can see peeking through behind the Storyline.

 Storyline maintains a consistent view of your content and its relationship to each other, regardless of which mood (aka look and feel of your Sway), you choose to view your content in.


Opening and closing Storyline

When you first create a Sway, the Storyline will automatically open, to help get you started on adding content.


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To close the Storyline, tap anywhere on the right (see above where the wood grain is fully peeking through).  Note that the "tap on the right" hint will disappear once you do this for the first time (for each new session with Sway)., and that your Sway will likely have a different background image than depicted above.


To open the Storyline, tap anywhere on the grey bar labelled Storyline, which will appear on the left hand side of the screen.

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Currently there are not hotkeys for opening and closing the Storyline.  That feature is under consideration in our backlog.



Each piece of content, such as an image, an image with a caption, or a header, within the Storyline is called a Card. Storyline allows you to add, edit, delete, reorder, and set the layout of each Card.


Manipulating Cards

Cards within your Storyline can be selected or dragged. You can select a Card by clicking or tapping in the right region of a Card. Selecting a Card will show you the following:

  • Selection Count – A tooltip letting you know the total number of Cards you’ve selected
  • Card Commands – A set of commands, which can be used to manipulate the Card. Each Card can up to three commands: Layout, Showcase, and Delete
  • Add Content Button – The Add Content button will show at the bottom left of the Card (the "+" diamond). This button will allow you to add additional Cards.


You can drag a Card by dragging from the left region of a Card. Dragging a Card allows you to reorder Cards by dragging the Card before or after another Card.


In addition, dragging a Card allows you to create a layout, such as a group, between two or more Cards by dragging the Card on top of another Card or set of Cards.


In either case, visual indicators, such as a teal line or teal shading will be shown to help inform you what the result of a drop would be.


Card Commands


Each Card can have up to three commands:

  • Layout – Layout allows you to change the visual or structural layout of a Card. For example, you can make an Image Card into a Stack Card, which allow you to stack multiple images on top of each other in your Sway.  Currently there are only a few layouts available in the Preview, but more are coming soon.
  • Showcase – Showcase allows you to specify your intent in terms of the visual interest of the Card. For example, if you really want a Card to stand out relative to other Cards, you can specify a Showcase level of Most.
  • Delete – Delete allows you to delete a Card.

Changing the Layout of a Card will change the visual appearance of the Card to indicate the specified Layout.


Changing the Showcase level of a Card, other than Normal, will show the level specified as stars. Three stars represents Most and two stars represents More.


Card Types

There are two main types of Cards within Storyline:

  1. Individual Card – Individual Cards represent one piece of content within the Storyline, such as an image
  2. Collection Card – Collection Cards represent a set of zero or more Cards. For example, a Group or Stack Card is a Collection Card. Collection Cards can be collapsed and expanded.

Read about each of the different kinds of cards in the card specific articles.

The card commands above work the same for both individual cards and collection cards.  The primary difference between individual cards and collection cards is that collection cards can be collapsed and expanded, and that that content moves together when repositioned. At this time, not all commands are available for all cards types (e.g. a group does not yet offer Showcase as an option), but in the future, you should be able to perform layout and showcase on any card type.

Give us feedback

Storyline represents a new way of authoring your content, and we have so much more planned.  Please share your comments and ideas with on the Sway Suggestion Box.




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