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What Does the Editor Do?

Where does the editor appear?

With the editor, you can add and format text, attach files, embed multimedia, and insert equations, links, and tables.

Use the functions in the editor when you work in assignments, tests, discussions, journals, blogs, wikis, and more.

To use your keyboard to jump to the editor toolbar, press Alt + F10. On a Mac, press Fn + ALT + F10. The focus is placed on the first icon on the left in the top row. Use the right and left arrow keys to move forward and backward. The up and down arrows don't work to navigate to different rows. Use the arrow keys to move to the end of one row and then up or down to the next available row.


Editor icons and functions

Each editor function is represented by an icon. Some functions include a menu of options.

Select the Show Less icon to show only the most used text functions. Some functions appear in different rows when you expand or collapse the editor rows.

Unavailable functions appear grayed out. For example, the Insert/Edit Link and Remove Link functions are available only after you select text or an object in the text box.

Institutions and instructors can disable the spell checker, browse my YouTube™ videos, and the math editor functions.

Row 1

Functions in row 1
Functions Description
Bold or remove this style on the selected text.
Italicize or remove this style on the selected text.
Underline or remove this style on the selected text.
Strikethrough: Display text with a horizontal line through the letters.
Select a paragraph style for the text from the list.
Select the font face for the text from the list of all available fonts.
Select the size of the text from a list.
Create a bullet list.
Create a numbered list.
Select the text color from the color swatch box.
Select the text highlight color. The color appears as a background.
Remove all formatting so that only plain text appears.
Open a preview window to view how your content will appear when you submit.
Open the editor help window.
Expand the editor window to fill the browser window.
Collapse to one row of the most used text formatting functions.
Expand the editor functions.

Row 2

Functions in row 2
Functions Description
Cut the selected items.
Copy the selected items.
Paste the most recently copied or cut items.
Search for and replace text.
Undo the previous action.
Redo the previous action—only if an action has been undone.
Align text to the left margin.
Align text in the center.
Align text to the right.
Align text to both the left and right margins.
Indent: Move the text or object to the right. Select again to indent further.
Outdent: Move the text or object to the left. Select again to outdent further. You can't outdent text beyond the left margin.
Superscript: Make the selected text appear slightly above your regular text or remove this style on the selected text.
Subscript: Make the selected text appear slightly below your regular text or remove this style on the selected text.
Select text or an object, and select the Insert/Edit Link icon to add a new link or edit an existing link. You can specify a link to a website, a file from your computer, or the course's file repository, such as the Content Collection.
Remove a hyperlink from the selected text or object.
Add text to the right of the current mouse pointer location (default).
Add text to the left of the current mouse pointer location.
Add a thin horizontal line to the current mouse pointer position, which spans the entire width of the text area.
Add a thin centered line. You can set width, height relative to the current mouse pointer position, and choose to use shadows.
Insert a nonbreaking space character at the current mouse pointer position.
Begin the automatic spell checker. You can select a different language from the list.

Row 3

Functions in row 3
Functions Description
Add a video from your YouTube™ channel.
Add a link to a file in the text box. The Insert Content Link window appears. You can link to the following file types: DOC, DOCX, EXE, HTML, HTM, PDF, PPT, PPTX, PPS, PPSX, TXT, WPD, XLS, XLSX, and ZIP. You can link to a file from your computer, a URL, or the Content Collection if enabled by your institution.
Embed an image in the text box or edit an existing selected image. The Insert/Edit Image window appears. You can add the following file types: GIF, JPG, JPEG, BMP, PNG, and TIF. You can add images from your computer, a URL, or the Content Collection if enabled by your institution.
Embed a media file in the text box or edit an existing selected media object. The Insert/Edit Media window appears. Select the type of media you want to add: Flash (default), QuickTime, Shockwave, Windows Media, Real Media, and Embedded Audio. You can add media files from your computer, a URL, or the Content Collection if enabled by your institution.
Open the visual math equation editor page.
Add social media from an external website, such as YouTube videos, Flickr photos, and SlideShare presentations.
Show all nonprinting characters. Select the icon again to hide them from view.
Format the text as a blockquote.
Open the Select Special Character window. Select a symbol to insert at the current mouse pointer position.
Open the Insert Emoticon window. Select the emoticon to insert at the current mouse pointer position.
Use anchors to position other items and objects, such as images. Position the mouse pointer where you want the anchor to appear and open the Insert/Edit Anchor window.
Open the Insert/Edit Table window. If you select the icon while inside a table, a new table is created inside the first one.
Open the Table Row Properties window.
Open the Table Cell Properties window.
Insert a blank row in the table above the current mouse pointer position.
Insert a blank row in the table after the current mouse pointer position.
Delete the current row from the table. If you select multiple rows, all are deleted.
Insert a blank column in the table to the left of the current mouse pointer position.
Insert a blank column in the table to the right of the current mouse pointer position.
Delete the current column from the table. If you select multiple columns, all are deleted.
Merge two or more selected table cells into a single cell.
Split previously merged table cells. If the cell or cells aren't the cells that you merged, nothing happens.
Open the HTML Code View window to directly edit the code. This feature is included for experienced web developers.
Edit the cascading style sheet (CSS). This feature is included for experienced web developers.