Text Box Editor

 

Overview

The Text Box Editor allows Instructors to create professional, vibrant content through a simple editor within the Blackboard Learning System. Using WYSIWYG  (What You See Is What You Get), Instructors may format text to create HTML, identify and correct spelling errors, add equations using WebEQ and MathML, and upload different types of files within a text box.

 

Note: The Text Box editor is only available to Windows Operating System users with Internet Explorer Version 5.x or a later version. System Administrators also have the option of turning off the Text Box editor, Spell Check, Web EQ and MathML for all users. Users without WYSIWYG features enabled have access to alternate Text Box Options.

 

Text Box Editor

 

 

Find this page

The Text Box Editor appears within text boxes in the Blackboard Learning System. Examples include Content Areas, Announcements, Calendar, Tasks, Assessments, and Discussion Boards.

 

Actions

The Text Box Editor includes three rows of buttons. The first row is required and may not be collapsed. Users have the options of collapsing the second and third rows with the arrows to the left of the row. Some Text Box Editors open with the second and third rows collapsed, users may choose to expand them. These options cannot be reorganized or rearranged by the user. The following table details the tools available in the Text Box Editor by row:

 


First Row – Basic Actions

 

Function

Description

 

Font Style

Select the font for the text, these options correspond to standard HTML Style types.

 

Font size

Select the size for the text.

 

Font

Select the type of font for the text.

Bold

Make selected text bold.

Italics

Make selected text italics.

Underline

Underline the selected text.

Align left

Align text to the left of the text area.

Align Center

Align text in the center of the text area.

Align Right

Align text to the right of the text area.

Ordered list

Create a numbered list or add a numbered list item.

Unordered list

Create a bulleted list or add a bullet list item.

Decrease Indent

Move text to the left.

Increase Indent

Move text to the right.

 

Second Row – Additional Basic Actions

 

Function

Description

 

Find

Search for a word or phrase in the text area.

 

Spell Check

Select the ABC checkmark to open the Spell Check pop-up window. Users use this to check spelling in the text area.

 

Cut

Cut the selected items

Copy

Copy the selected items

Paste

Paste copied or cut content.

Undo

Select the circular arrow pointing to the left to undo the previous action.

Redo

Select the circular arrow pointing to the right to redo the previous action.

Hyperlink

Add a hyperlink to a URL in the text area.

Create Table

Add a table. Select the number of rows and cells in the table.

Horizontal Line

Add a line to the text box.

Background Color

Add a highlight color to the selected text.

Text Color

Specify the color of the text.

WebEQ Editor

Open the WebEQ Equation Editor icon (x2) to add an equation.

MathML Editor

Open the MathML Equation Editor icon (√x  ) to add an equation.

HTML View

View the HTML code that is generated by the Text Box Editor. Users may also edit the HTML in this view.

Preview

Preview the content as it will be seen by the end users.

Help

Select the question mark to launch the Help page.

 


Third Row – File Attachment Actions

 

Note: The third row action buttons are not always available in the Text Box Editor of the Blackboard Learning System. The third row is always available with the Text Box Editor if the Blackboard Content System is installed.

 

Function

Description

 

Attach file

Add a file to the text area. When selected, the Insert Link to File page will appear.

Attach image

Add an image to the text area. When selected, the Insert Image page will appear.

 

Attach MPEG/AVI

Add MPEG/AVI media content to the text area. When selected, the Insert MPEG file page will appear.

Add Quick Time file

Add Apple QuickTime media to the text area. When selected, the Insert QuickTime File page will appear.

Add audio

Add an audio file, such as .mp3, .midi or .wav to the text area. When selected, the Insert Audio File page will appear.

Add Flash/Shockwave

Add Macromedia Flash or Shockwave media to the text area. When selected, the Insert SWF File page will appear.

 

Attaching files

Options in the third row allow users to attach different types of files to a text box. When an option to add a file, for example, Add File or Add Image, is selected from the third row in the Text Box Editor, the page that appears contains a Browse field and a Specify URL field. These options are available when adding or modifying the following items in a Content Area of the Blackboard Learning System:

·          Content Item

·          Content Folder

·          Course Link

·          External Link

·          Learning Unit

·          Assignment

 

Is the Blackboard Content System is installed, the third row will always be available in the Text Box Editor.

 

Note: See the File Attachments topic for information on which option is used to upload specific file extensions. For example, a .doc file is uploaded with the Insert link to File option.

 

Browse: Files should always be uploaded from their original source, for example from the user’s local drive, not from another area where the file has been attached to a course in Blackboard. Users should not copy and paste a file from one text box to another; this will cause errors and the files will not appear properly. When the page is opened, a link to the file will appear. Users may select the link to open the file or save the file.

 

Specify URL: Enter a URL to create a link to a file outside of the local system. For example, an institution may have a repository where logos or images related to the institution are stored.

 

Note: Users who are not using the Text Box Editor still have the option of adding media files to Content Areas. For more information see the Displaying media within content topic.

 

Keyboard shortcuts

The Text Box Editor supports the following keyboard shortcuts:

 

Note: An absolutely positioned element is an object that has a css style applied to it, so its location is determined by pixels. For example, instead of aligned right or top, the object is located at x=0, y=100 pixels.

 

Key

Description

Movement

RIGHT ARROW

Move one character to the right. If an absolutely positioned element is selected, the element is moved one pixel to the right.

LEFT ARROW

Move one character to the left. If an absolutely positioned element is selected, the element is moved one pixel to the left.

DOWN ARROW

Move down one line. If an absolutely positioned element is selected, the element is moved down one pixel.

UP ARROW

Move up one line. If an absolutely positioned element is selected, the element is moved up one pixel.

CTRL+RIGHT ARROW

Move right one word.

CTRL+LEFT ARROW

Move left one word.

END

Move to the end of the current line.

HOME

Move to the start of the current line.

CTRL+DOWN ARROW

Move down one paragraph.

CTRL+UP ARROW

Move up one paragraph.

PAGE DOWN

Move down one page.

PAGE UP

Move up one page.

CTRL+HOME

Move to the beginning of the document.

CTRL+END

Move to the end of the document.

Selection

SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW

Extend the selection one character to the right. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

SHIFT+LEFT ARROW

Extend the selection one character to the left. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

CTRL+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW

Extend the selection right one word. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

CTRL+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW

Extend the selection left one word. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

SHIFT+UP ARROW

Extend the selection up one line. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

SHIFT+DOWN ARROW

Extend the selection down one line. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

SHIFT+END

Extend the selection to the end of the current line. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

SHIFT+HOME

Extend the selection to the start of the current line. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

SHIFT+PAGE DOWN

Extend the selection down one page. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

SHIFT+PAGE UP

Extend the selection up one page. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

CTRL+SHIFT+END

Extend the selection to the end of the document. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

CTRL+SHIFT+HOME

Extend the selection to the beginning of the document. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

CTRL+A

Select all elements in the document. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

Editing

BACKSPACE

Delete the selection or, if there is no selection, the character to the left of the insertion point

CTRL+BACKSPACE

Delete all of a word to the left of the insertion pointer, not including the space before.

CTRL+C

Copy the selection to the Clipboard.

CTRL+V

Paste the contents of the Clipboard to the current location.

CTRL+X

Cut the selection to the Clipboard.

DELETE

Delete the selection without placing it on the Clipboard.

INSERT

Toggle between inserting and overwriting text.

CTRL+Z

Undo the most recent formatting commands.

CTRL+Y

Re-do the most recently undone commands .

CTRL+F

Find text .

SHIFT+F10

Display the context menu, if one is available (this is equivalent to right-clicking the document)

Formatting

CTRL+B

Toggle bold formatting.

CTRL+I

Toggle italic formatting.

CTRL+U

Toggle underlining.

 

 




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