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Using the Text Editor Toolbar

The text editor toolbar is found throughout Cougar Courses and is used to add and format text, images, links, and tables within resources and activities such as Pages, Labels, Forums, Assignments, Wikis, etc.

Note: Click and drag the bottom right corner to increase the size of the text box.

Adding/Editing Text

  1. Type your text directly into the text area.
  1. Click the “toggle toolbar” icon in the upper left to expand the formatting options available:
    1. The top line contains options to change text format, font, size, text color,  and background color; and to bold, italicize, and underline text.
    2. The second line contains options to change the alignment or indent text.
    3. The third line contains options to insert equations or special characters.

text editor toolbar

Pasting from Word

  1. Copy your text in Word.
  1. In the toolbar click the Paste from Word icon.

 paste from word icon in text editor toolbar

  1. Paste your text into the Paste from Word popup window. When finished, click Insert in the lower left of the popup window.

paste from word popup window

Adding an Image from the Web

  1. Click in the text area where you want the image to appear.
  2. Click the Insert/Edit image icon in the toolbar.

 toolbar with insert picture icon

  1. In another window or tab, locate the desired image on the web and right click on the image. In the pop-­‐up menu, locate the option that allows you to copy the URL (address/location) of the image.
  2. Switch back to the window or tab with Cougar Courses, and in the "Insert/edit image" popup window, paste the address of the image into the Image URL field. When finished, click Insert in the lower left.

Insert/edit image popup window

Adding an Image Saved to Your Computer

  1. To add an image, in the text area click where you want the image to appear.
  2. Click the Insert/edit image icon in the toolbar.

 insert image icon in toolbar

  1. In the "Insert/edit image" popup window, click “Find or upload an image…

 "Find or upload image" button

  1. In the File Picker popup window, click “Upload a file” on the left and then click Browse to select the file on your computer. Once selected, click “Upload this file.”

 file picker popup

  1. Add an image description. When finished, click Insert in the lower left.

insert/edit image popup window

Adding Tables:

  1. Click the Insert/edit table icon in the toolbar.

 text editor toolbar

  1. Use the "Insert/edit table" popup window to set:
    1. The number of columns and rows.
    2. The border width (in pixels). If set to 0, there will be no visible border.

 insert/edit table popup window

  1. Click Insert in the lower left.

Adding Links to Web Pages or Files:

  1. Highlight the text to link. Click the link icon in the toolbar.

 text editor toolbar

  1. For a link to a webpage: enter the URL of the webpage in the Link URL space and set the target to Open in new window (_blank).

 insert/edit link popup window

  1. For a link to a file: click the Browse repositories icon.

 insert/edit link popup window

  1. In the File Picker popup window, click “Upload a file” on the left and then click Browse to select the file on your computer. Once selected, click “Upload this file.”

 file picker popup window

  1. Click Insert in the lower left of the "Insert/edit link" popup window.

 Cleaning Up Formatting

 Sometimes the formatting of text can be off, especially if you are pasting from various sources.

  1. To clean up formatting, highlight the text and click the "Cleanup messy code" icon in the toolbar.
  2. To remove formatting completely, highlight the text and click the "Remove formatting" icon in the toolbar.

text editor toolbar