Blackboard Text Editor

Blackboard features a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor. This allows you to format text that you enter into Blackboard textboxes in a similar way as you would format a Microsoft Word document.

WYSIWYG

1. Bold 2. Italic 3. Underline
4. Strike-through 5. Heading 6. Font
7. Text Size 8. Bulleted list 9. Numbered list
10. Text colour 11. Highlight colour 12. Remove formatting
13. Preview 14. Help 15. Full Screen
16. Expand / Collapse extra buttons. 17. Cut 18. Copy
19. Paste 20. Find 21. Undo
22. Redo 23. Align Left 24. Align Centre
25. Align Right 26. Align Full 27. Indent
28. Outdent 29. Super script 30. Subscript
31. Insert / Edit Hyperlink 32. Remove Hyperlink 33. Text direction left to right
34. Text direction right to left 35. Line 36. Horizontal Rule
37. Insert non-breaking space 38. Spell check (enabled by default) 39. Browse your YouTube videos
40. Insert file 41. Insert image 42. Insert media
43. Maths editor 44. Mashups : YouTube / SlideShare / Flickr 45. Show non-printing characters
46. Blockquote 47. Insert Symbol 48. Insert Emoticon
49. Add Anchor link 50. Insert table 51. Table Row Properties
52. Table Cell Properties 53. Insert Row Before 54. Insert Row After
55. Delete Row 56. Insert Column Before 57. Insert Column After
58. Delete Column 59. Merge Table Cells 60. Split Merged Table Cells
61. HTML View 62. Edit CSS Style

You can find detailed instructions on using each aspect of the text editor on the Blackboard web site.

Further information about the Math Editor is available on the Wiris web site.

The text editor also supports keyboard shortcuts, so that power-users may work faster within Blackboard.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcut Description
RIGHT ARROW Move one character to the right.
LEFT ARROW Move one character to the left.
DOWN ARROW Move down one line.
UP ARROW Move up one line.
CTRL+RIGHT ARROW
MAC: CMD+RIGhT ARROW
Move right one word.
CTRL+LEFT ARROW
MAC: CMD+LEFT ARROW
Move left one word.
END Move to the end of the line.
HOME Move to the start of the line.
CTRL+DOWN ARROW
MAC: CMD+DOWN ARROW
Move down one paragraph.
CTRL+UP ARROW
MAC: CMD+UP ARROW
Move up one paragraph.
PAGE DOWN Move down one page.
PAGE UP Move up one page.
CTRL+HOME
MAC: CMD+HOME
Move to the beginning of the text.
CTRL+END
MAC: CMD+END
Move to the end of the text.
Selection
SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW Extend the selection one character to the right.
SHIFT+LEFT ARROW Extend the selection one character to the left.
CTRL+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW
MAC: CMD+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW
Extend the selection right one word.
CTRL+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW
MAC: CMD+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW
Extend the selection left one word.
SHIFT+UP ARROW Extend the selection up one line.
SHIFT+DOWN ARROW Extend the selection down one line.
SHIFT+END Extend the selection to the end of the current line.
SHIFT+HOME Extend the selection to the start of the current line.
SHIFT+PAGE DOWN Extend the selection down one page.
SHIFT+PAGE UP Extend the selection up one page.
CTRL+SHIFT+END Extend the selection to the end of the document.
CTRL+SHIFT+HOME
MAC: CMD+SHIFT+HOME
Extend the selection to the beginning of the document.
CTRL+A
MAC: CMD+A
Select all elements in the document.
Editing
BACKSPACE Delete the selection. Or, if you make no selection, delete the character to the left of the mouse pointer.
CTRL+BACKSPACE
MAC: CMD+BACKSPACE
Delete all of a word to the left of the mouse pointer.
CTRL+C
MAC: CMD+C
Copy the selection.
CTRL+V
MAC: CMD+V
Paste cut contents or copied contents.
CTRL+X
MAC: CMD+X
Cut the selection.
DELETE Delete the selection.
INSERT Toggle between inserting and overwriting text.
CTRL+Z
MAC: CMD+Z
Undo the most recent formatting command.
CTRL+Y
MAC: CMD+Y
Redo the most recent undone command.
CTRL+F
MAC: CMD+F
Find text.
SHIFT+F10 Display the contextual menu. This is the same as a right-click.
Formatting
CTRL+B
MAC: CMD+B
Select or clear bold formatting.
CTRL+I
MAC: CMD+I
Select or clear italic formatting.
CTRL+U
MAC: CMD+U
Select or clear underlining.