Copy and paste text to prevent loss

While you add text to your course, you can protect against loss of work if an internet connection loss or software error occurs. You can type in an offline simple text editor, such as Notepad or TextEdit, and then copy and paste your work into your course.

Or, before you submit or save, you can copy all of the text you want to add. Select the text and right-click to copy it. You can also use key combinations to copy and paste:

  • Windows: Ctrl + A to select all the text, Ctrl + C to copy, and Ctrl + V to paste.
  • Mac: Command + A to select all the text, Command + C to copy, and Command + V to paste.

Can I paste text from Microsoft® Word?

You'll have the best results if you type your text directly in the editor and format it with the available options.

You may see issues when you copy and paste text from a Word document directly into the editor. Your original formatting may not appear as you want. You also may not be able to remove or add formatting after you paste the text into the editor. To avoid the formatting issues, you can remove the formatting and reformat it with the options in the editor.

To remove the Word formatting after you paste the text in the editor, select all the text and select the Remove Formatting icon. Only use this option if you understand that all formatting will be removed. All bullets, numbered lists, indentations, line spacing, centered text, and font formatting and sizing will be removed.

Remove text formatting

Or, before you add your text in the editor, you can paste it into an offline simple text editor, such as Notepad or TextEdit, and clear the formatting. Then, you can paste the text into the editor and format it as you want.


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Add text

The editor appears wherever you can format text, such as in assignments, tests, and discussions.

You can add bullet and numbered lists, and bold and italicized text. Use the Text style menu to add headings.

You can also launch the math editor to embed mathematical formulas in your text. The WIRIS editor opens in a new window.

To use your keyboard to jump to the editor toolbar, press ALT + F10. On a Mac, press Fn + ALT + F10. Use the arrow keys to select an option, such as a numbered list.

Add links

You can add links to your text as you work in the editor. To add a link, select the Insert/Edit Link icon, represented by a chain symbol. Type or paste the Link URL and Link Text. You must use the http:// protocol. Select Insert to save the link.

You can also add a link to text you've already typed. Highlight the text and select the Insert/Edit Link icon. The Link Text is automatically added based on the text you've selected in the editor.

Insert LTI Item

Use the Insert/Edit LTI item option to browse and add content your institution allows from the Content Market.

Don't see the tool you need? Contact your administrator.