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This refers to Moodle 3.6. from July 2019 onwards.

Page and Label editing toolbar icons explained (also works in Forums and anywhere else there's a text box)

Where there is a text box requiring content (to be seen by students) to be entered there are two rows of editing icons, known as the formatting toolbars.  These are similar to the toolbars in Word, albeit smaller.  The functionality in these toolbars allows you to add media such as videos, images, audio; create tables; format text; add text URLs and upload documents from your desktop.  This help document will tell you what each does, there are further help documents to tell you how to use them.

Only the first line of editing options will show by default. To see the full range of editing options, click on the Toolbar Toggle which is highlighted in purple below.

NOTE: Everywhere that you can edit text has a minimal formatting bar.  If you need more formatting options, click the Toolbar Toggle as indicated above outlined in purple. The full toolbar then appears:

Editing Toolbar 1

From left to right:

  • Toolbar Toggle (extends the panel to show full editing options)

  • Paragraph styles (this gives a selection of preformatted text types including headings)

  • Bold

  • Italic

  • Select text colour

  • Bullet points

  • Numbered list

  • Link (insert both web links and links to uploaded documents)

  • Unlink

  • Insert/edit image

  • Manage embedded files

  • Insert a video (or audio file) from MediaSpace

Editing Toolbar 2

From left to right:

  • Underline

  • Strikethrough text

  • Subscript

  • Superscript

  • Align left

  • Align centre

  • Align right

  • Outdent

  • Indent

  • Equation editor

  • Insert character

  • Table

  • Clear formatting

  • Undo

  • Redo

  • Accessibility checker 

  • Screenreader helper

  • HTML (edit the source code here - useful for adding embed codes for YouTube videos etc)

  • Fullscreen toggle

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