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Desire2Learn 9.0

Using HTML Editor

When creating text in Desire2Learn (News, Discussion, Content, etc.), you are working in the Design view of the integrated HTML Editor. This editor offers both basic and advanced formatting options. In addition to formatting options, the Advanced tab in the HTML Editor allows you to insert equations and objects such as audio files.

Return to topThe HTML Editor Environment

Whenever you create text (e.g., a Discussion, a News item), you will be using the HTML Editor. The Basic tab of the HTML Editor window is shown here.
HTML Editor window

Basic toolbar buttons:

Button Description
Toggle Spell Checker button Turns the spell checker on and off. When on, misspelled words are underlined in red.
Bold button Bolds text.
Italic button Italicizes text.
Underline button Underlines text.
Align Left button Left-aligns text.
Align Center button Centers text.
Align Right button Right-aligns text.
Align Full button Full-aligns text.
Unordered List button Formats text into a bulleted list.
Ordered List button Formats text into a numbered list.
Insert Table button Inserts a table.
Insert Quicklink button Inserts a Quicklink. See Creating Topics with Quicklink for more information.
Insert an Image button Inserts an image.

The Advanced toolbar contains all the buttons on the Basic toolbar as well as the following:

Button Description
Cut button Cuts the selected text and moves it to the Clipboard.
Copy button Copies the selected text to the Clipboard.
Paste button Pastes text.
Paste as Plain Text button Pastes text as plain text.
Paste from Word button Pastes text from Microsoft Word.
Undo button Undoes previous action.
Redo button Redoes last undone action.
Select Text Color button Allows you to change the color of text.
Outdent button Outdents the selected text.
Indent button Indents the selected text.
Horizontal Rule button Opens the Horizontal Rule dialog box, with which you can insert horizontal lines.
Subscript button Makes the selected text subscript.
Superscript button Makes the selected text superscript.
Strikethrough button Puts a strikethrough through selected text.
Insert/Edit Attributes button Opens the Insert/Edit Attributes dialog box, allowing you to set attributes (e.g., title, text direction).
Insert Custom Character button Opens the Select custom character dialog box, allowing you to insert custom characters.
Insert Equation button Opens the Insert Equation dialog box, allowing you to create equations.
Insert Object button Opens the Insert Object dialog box, allowing you to insert audio and video objects.
Format pull-down menu Allows you to format text (e.g., Paragraph, Heading 1).
Font family pull-down menu Changes the font family.
Font size pull-down menu Changes the font size.

In both the Basic and Advanced tabs, three buttons appear on the bottom toolbar.

Button Description
Edit HTML Source button Opens the HTML Source Editor window, in which you can edit the HTML code directly.
Preview button Opens the Preview window, in which you can see your document as it will appear to students.
Toggle Fullscreen Mode button Toggles full screen mode for the HTML Editor.

Return to topUsing the HTML Editor

  1. In the text area, type the desired text
    HINT: To have the HTML Editor appear full screen, click TOGGLE FULLSCREEN MODEToggle Fullscreen Mode button
    HTML Editor example text

  2. To apply basic formatting to your text, select the Basic tab » use the toolbar buttons
    HTML Editor Basic toolbar

  3. To apply advanced formatting to your text, select the Advanced tab » use the toolbar buttons

    HINT: You can make changes directly to the code by clicking EDIT HTML SOURCEEdit HTML Source button

  4. To check the spelling of your text, click TOGGLE SPELLCHECKERToggle Spell Checker button
    For more information, refer to Using Spell Check.

  5. To preview the new changes, click PREVIEWPreview button

  6. To make any additional changes to your message, repeat steps 1-5

  7. If you are using full screen mode, to exit it, click TOGGLE FULLSCREEN MODEToggle Fullscreen Mode button

  8. When finished, click SAVE or POST

Return to topCopying and Pasting Content into the HTML Editor

RECOMMENDED: Remove formatting from text you are copying, including bullets, numbers, tabs, page numbers, etc. Pasting formatted text may add code which can cause unintended results.

  1. Copy the text you want to paste into the HTML Editor

  2. In the HTML Editor, select the Advanced tab

  3. To paste text that contains no formatting, click PASTEPaste button
    To paste text that contains some formatting, click PASTE AS PLAIN TEXTPaste as Plain Text button
    This will remove the formatting and paste only the text.
    To paste text that has been copied from Microsoft Word, click PASTE FROM WORDPaste from Word button

  4. Using the Basic and Advanced tabs, apply the desired formatting

  5. Click SAVE or POST

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