What Does the Editor Do?

Where does the editor appear?

The editor appears in most places you can add text. You can use the editor to add and format text, embed images, attach files, and insert equations, links, and tables.

If you view the editor on a smaller screen, select the plus icon or the icons with arrows to view their dropdown menu or their second row options. 

Use the options in the editor when you work in assignments, tests, discussions, messages, conversations, journals, and more.

When you open the editor on a smaller screen, the options condense into menus or second line menus that will remain open until you select the menu again or select a different option menu, for easy access:

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 options

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

Icons and options in editor
Text style menu:
Select a preformatted paragraph style from the list for the selected text.
Font StyleFont type can be chosen between: Arial, Comic Sans MS, Courier New, Noto, Open Sans, Times New Roman and, Verdana.
Font SizeFont size, it defaults to a specific chosen font type.
Color Picker (Font color)Font color can be chosen between: black (default), grey, purple, blue, green and, red.
BoldBold or remove this style on the selected text.
ItalicItalicize or remove this style on the selected text.
UnderlineUnderline or remove this style on the selected text.
Text options menuThe text options selector will open a second line menu with the options for: superscript, subscript and, strikethrough text to choose from.
Create and edit table icon
Create or edit tableAdd a table.
Format style: StrikethroughDisplay text with a horizontal line through the letters.
Format style: SuperscriptMake the selected text appear slightly above your regular text or remove this style on the selected text.
Format style: SubscriptMake the selected text appear slightly below your regular text or remove this style on the selected text.
Alignment OptionsThe text options selector will open a dropdown menu with the options for: left-align, center, right-align and justify text to choose from.
Left AlignLeft-align for text.
CenterCenter alignment for text.
Right AlignRight-align for text.
JustifyJustified alignment for text.
List options menuThe list options selector will open a second line menu with the options for: numbered and bulleted lists to choose from. Also includes the line height space selector option.
List style: Bulleted ListCreate a bulleted list.
List style: Numbered ListCreate a numbered list.
Line height options menuThe line heigh options selector will open a dropdown menu with the options for: Single, 1.15, 1.5 and Double space options to choose from.
Insert/Edit Math FormulaOpen the visual math equation editor page or edit the selected equation.
UndoUndoes the last action performed.
Clear FormatClears the existing format in any selected section of text.
Insert/Edit LinkAdd or edit a URL link to a website, page, or file.
Insert Local FilesUpload a file from your computer or device to embed in the editor. You can display it as a file attachment or inline with other text, if the browser allows.
Insert Content menuThe content selector will allow you to choose from insert or edit: images from web, media from web, YouTube™ videos, Cloud Storage content and, LTI items.
Insert/Edit Image from WebEmbed an image in the text box or edit an existing selected image. You can add images from a URL.
Insert/Edit Media from WebAdd or edit a URL for a video from a YouTube™ or Vimeo™ channel, embed enterprise Office365 files. Please note: If the privacy setting of a Vimeo Media file is Unlisted, you need to include the privacy hash (the extra set of numbers added at the end of the video's URL) for embedding and sharing to work.
Insert YouTube VideoBrowse and add content hosted on the external content provider YouTube.
Insert from Cloud StorageBrowse and add content from your cloud storage accounts.
Insert/Edit LTI ItemYou can add files or tools your institution allows from the Content Market.
Insert/Edit Recording

Record and insert a file with your device camera and microphone.

Available for instructors only in the Feedback area of assessments. Your institution controls which tools are available.

Code snippet icon represented by </>
Insert/Edit Code

Eleven programming syntaxes are supported: Python, Java, JavaScript, Kotlin, R, PHP, Go, C, Swift, C#, HTML