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Blackboard - New Content Editor Frequently Asked Questions
See below for answers to questions about using the new Blackboard Content Editor (effective 11/5/2020)
FAQs - Content Editor Changes
Q: I don't see all of the toolbar buttons I need - where are they?
A: Click the (More) button to see additional buttons if you currently see only one row; The toolbar resizes and wraps to fit the current window so you may see 1, 2, or more rows. Additionally, some functions are now combined into one button.
Q: The toolbar buttons scroll off-screen as the text box expands when I add more content - how can I 'dock' the toolbar buttons to keep them visible while I work?
A: Click the(Fullscreen) button - the toolbars are docked to the top of the window - click the icon again to exit Fullscreen mode.
Q: How do I change the text color?
A: Click the (Text color) button > select a color swatch.
Q: How do I highlight text?
A: Click the (Background color) button > select a color swatch.
Q: How can I check the accessibility of my text and/or other content?
A: Click the (Accessibility checker) button - Blackboard identifies content with accessibility issues. Click the question mark icon to the right of an accessibility error for more information.
Q: How do I attach files inline with other text as links? - the Attach (paperclip) icon is gone!
Select the source > select the file > Open. To edit the link later, click on the file link to select it > click the (Insert/edit link) button > change the Text to display (optional) > Save.
Note: You can remove extraneous paragraph breaks and/or spaces around the linked file, but the text after the file link will still break to a new line. The Attach Files options in the Attachments section continue to work as they did previously.
Q: How do I add an image?
A: Click the (Add content) button > select the source where the file is stored > select the image file > Open.
Q: How do I add descriptive alternative text to an image (necessary for universal design and accessibility)?
A: Click the (Accessibility checker) button to see "Error" > type descriptive text in the "Provide alternative text:" field > Repair OR Click on the image to select it > right-click (Windows) or ctrl+click (Mac) on the image > click Image > describe the meaning of the image in the Alternative description field > Save.
Q: How do I resize the image display?
A: Click on the image to select it > click and drag the selection handles (boxes) to resize the image proportionally OR right-click (Windows) / ctrl+click (Mac) on the image > Edit > enter either the desired Width or Height (in pixels) - the proportions are automatically constrained (the 'lock' icon) > Save.
Q: How can I align an image next to the associated text?
A: Click the image to select it > click the(Left Align) or (Right Align) button to wrap the text around the image.
Q: How do I create links to external web sites?
A: Type the link text > select the text > click the (Insert/edit link) button, OR click the button BEFORE you type the link text > type or copy/paste the full URL > add the Text to display > select New window from the Open link in . . . drop-down list (important for security purposes) > Save.
Note: The Insert/edit link button can only create external links. If you type the full URL into the text box before inserting the link, the text may be converted to a link automatically and the link text may change. Additionally, certain URLs entered this way may automatically display a text box containing additional information about the web site.
Q: How do I view the HTML source code behind my content?
A: Click the (Source code) button - the source code is now easier to edit and line numbers and tag colors make it easier to find what you're looking for.
Q: Misspelled words are no longer highlighted - how do I spell-check the content?
A: Click the(Spellcheck) button; The spellcheck tool more smartly picks the default language based on course selection and user choice when available. Dictionaries have been updated and expanded.
Q: How do I upload video or audio files?
A: Click the (Add content) button > select the source where the file is stored > select the media file > Open.
Q: The Mashups button is gone - how do I embed YuJa videos as thumbnails?
A: Click the (Add content) button > scroll down > select YuJa Media Chooser (North Dakota State University) > below the Media tab, click on the video(s) to embed > Insert Videos.
Q: How do I embed a YouTube video?
A: There are two different ways:
- As a link: type the complete URL directly into the text box - the editor automatically converts it to a link.
- As an embedded thumbnail with player controls: Click the (Add content) button > scroll down > select YouTube Video > Type search terms into the Search box > Go > click Select > change the Mashup Options to View: Embed Video > Submit.