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Creating content in Design view in the HTML Editor

Create content using the HTML Editor

  1. Navigate to the location in the system where you want to insert or edit your content.
  2. Click Edit from the context menu or click an applicable text field to display the HTML Editor interface.
  3. Enter your content into the HTML Editor.
  4. To insert tables, images, links, audio/video/animation files, special characters, and equations, use the Insert options and Table options.
  5. Save your changes.

HTML Editor options

Icon Name Function/Description
Editing options
  Cut Copies and deletes the selected content to the clipboard.
  Copy Copies the selected content to the clipboard.
  Paste Pastes content from the clipboard.
  Undo Undoes the last action.
  Redo Redoes the last action.
Paste as Plain Text Pastes content from the clipboard in plain text.
  Paste from Word Pastes content from the clipboard with Word formatting.
Text formatting options
  Format Applies a preset style to selected text.
  Font Family Changes the font of selected text.
  Size Changes the size of selected font.
  Apply Color Changes the color of selected text.
  Bold Makes the selected text bold.
  Italic Makes the selected text italic.
  Underline Underlines the selected text.
  Strikethrough Puts a line through the selected text (as if it has been crossed out).
  Subscript Makes the selected text subscript.
  Superscript Makes the selected text superscript.
Paragraph formatting options
  Indent Moves the margin of the current paragraph to the right.
  Outdent Moves the margin of the current paragraph to the left.
  Unordered List Inserts a bulleted list.
  Ordered List Inserts a numbered list.
  Align Left Aligns the selected paragraph to the left.
  Align Right Aligns the selected paragraph to the right.
  Align Center

Aligns the selected paragraph in the center of the page.

Align Full Fully aligns the selected paragraph (creating flush margins on both sides).
Left to Right Tags the selected paragraph's text direction as left-to-right. This ensures that users' browsers render the text appropriately. Useful when the text direction of the paragraph differs from the system locale or other content in the HTML Editor.
Right to Left Tags the selected paragraph's text direction as right-to-left. This ensures that users' browsers render the text appropriately. Useful when the text direction of the paragraph differs from the system locale or other content in the HTML Editor.
Insert options
  Insert Stuff Enables you to insert media (including audio and video) files from a variety of sources.
  Insert Image Inserts an image at the current location of your cursor.
  Insert Quicklink Enables you to insert a quicklink to a resource inside Learning Environment.
  Graphical equation Launches the Equation Editor, allowing you to insert graphical equations.
null  MathML equation Launches the Equation Editor, allowing you to insert MathMl equations.
null  LaTeX equation Launches the Equation Editor, allowing you to insert LaTeX equations.
  Insert Symbol Enables you to insert symbols and other special characters.
  Insert Line Inserts a horizontal line separating paragraphs.
  Insert Attributes Enables you to add Title, ID, Class, Style, and Text Direction attributes to selected text without opening the Source Editor.
Table options
  Insert Table Inserts a table at the current location of your cursor. Enables you to change table properties such as cell padding, cell spacing, alignment, height, width, etc.
Table Cell Properties Enables you to change the properties of the cell your cursor is located in.
Table Row Properties Enables you to change the properties of the row your cursor is located in.
Remove Column Deletes the column your cursor is located in.
Remove Row Deletes the row your cursor is located in.
Delete Table Deletes the table your cursor is located in.
Insert Column Before Adds a blank column before the column your cursor is located in.
Insert Column After Adds a blank column after the column your cursor is located in.
Insert Row Before Adds a blank row before the row your cursor is located in.
Insert Row After Adds a blank row after the row your cursor is located in.
Cut Row Copies and deletes the row your cursor is located in.
Copy Row Copies the row your cursor is located in.
Paste Row Before Pastes a previously copied or cut row before the row your cursor is located in.
Paste Row After Pastes a previously copied or cut row after the row your cursor is located in.
Merge Table Cells Joins selected cells together. Existing content within the cells merges together.
Split Table Cells Splits the selected cell into two cells. Existing content inside the cell remains in the first cell; the second cell is empty.

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