Using the Content Editor

When to Use?

The content editor provides a variety of formatting capabilities. Review the icons below to learn more.


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.

Content editor as shown in the discussion board

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.




Text style menu

Text style menu:

Select a preformatted paragraph style from the list for the selected text.


Font Style

Font type can be chosen between: Arial, Comic Sans MS, Courier New, Noto, Open Sans, Times New Roman and, Verdana.


Font Size

Font 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.

Bold icon


Bold or remove this style on the selected text.

Italic icon


Italicize or remove this style on the selected text.

Underline icon


Underline or remove this style on the selected text.


Text options menu

The text options selector will open a second line menu with the options for: superscript, subscript and, strikethrough text to choose from.

Strikethrough icon

Format style: Strikethrough

Display text with a horizontal line through the letters.

Superscript icon

Format style: Superscript

Make the selected text appear slightly above your regular text or remove this style on the selected text.

Subscript icon

Format style: Subscript

Make the selected text appear slightly below your regular text or remove this style on the selected text.

Alignment options icon

Alignment Options

The text options selector will open a dropdown menu with the options for: left-align, center, right-align and justify text to choose from.

Left align icon

Left Align

Left-align for text.

Center align icon


Center alignment for text.

Right align icon

Right Align

Right-align for text.

Justify align icon


Justified alignment for text.

List options menu icon

List options menu

The 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.

Bullet list icon

List style: Bulleted List

Create a bulleted list.

Numbered list icon

List style: Numbered List

Create a numbered list.

Line height options menu

Line height options menu

The 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 formula icon

Insert/Edit Math Formula

Open the visual math equation editor page or edit the selected equation.

Undo icon


Undoes the last action performed.

Clear format icon

Clear Format

Clears the existing format in any selected section of text.

Insert/edit link icon

Insert/Edit Link

Add or edit a URL link to a website, page, or file.

Insert local files icon

Insert Local Files

Upload a file from your computer or device to embed in the editor. You can display it as a file attachment or in line with other text, if the browser allows.


Insert Content menu

The 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 web icon

Insert/Edit Image from Web

Embed an image in the text box or edit an existing selected image. You can add images from a URL.

Insert/edit media from web icon

Insert/Edit Media from Web

Add or edit a URL for a video from a YouTube™ or Vimeo™ channel, embed enterprise Office365 files.

Insert YouTube video icon

Insert YouTube Video

Browse and add content hosted on the external content provider YouTube.

Insert from cloud storage icon

Insert from Cloud Storage

Browse and add content from your cloud storage accounts.

Insert/edit LTI item icon

Insert/Edit LTI Item

You can add files or tools your institution allows from the Content Market.

Insert/edit recording icon

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.

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