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Using the HTML Editor

Using the HTML Editor

The HTML Editor is available in many parts of the course where you might need to enter larger amounts of text. You will see the HTML editor when posting a discussion, editing a content page, entering a dropbox folder description and many other places in the course shell. The HTML editor helps you make the text you are entering more attractive and user friendly by allowing you to change font style, add images, include links to other pages and much more.

The interface is much like any word-processing application - use the following buttons to style your entry:

  1. Bold / Italic / Underline: First highlight the text you want to alter, then click any one of these buttons to change the look of the font.
  2. Alignment: These four buttons  affect the alignment of the selected text. You may choose to have the text aligned to the left, right, center, or justified (spread out evenly across the space).
  3. Bullets: Use these buttons to choose either ordered (numbered) or unordered (bulleted) lists.
  4. Table: When you click on the Table button, a new window will appear, allowing you to choose the parameters for your table (e.g. how many rows and columns, how wide the table is, if it has borders, etc...). Once your table has been created, you can add data to it.
  5. Quicklink: The Quicklink icon allows you to create links to items that have been created within other D2L tools, like discussions, dropboxes and quizzes. The Quicklink pop-up window that appears will guide you through selecting the object to which you want to link.
  6. Image: Use this button to add an image to your entry. You may choose from images already uploaded to your course, or upload an image from your computer.
  7. Insert Stuff: Use this button to add files from your computer, or to paste embed code to an online video.
  8. Edit Source Code: If you are comfortable with HTML code, this button links you to the raw source code of your entry that can be updated and saved.
  9. Preview: The Preview button lets you review your entry before making it available to others for viewing.
  10. Resizing window: Sometimes it is easier to create your entry when you have a larger viewing area. Use either the Fullscreen Toggle button (to the left) or the resizing pull (to the right) to change the size of your edit view.
  11. Advanced Editing Options: The Advanced tab has a number of other editing options that you may find useful, like changing the font type and adding media objects. Try out some of these features after you have mastered the basic editing options!