Valid for Moodle 2.8. Updated on 8/20/2015.
Starting with version 2.8 of Moodle will have two different editors available. The default editor, TinyMCE, is documented below. The other editor, known as the Atto editor, can be accessed by editing your profile. The default editor has the advantage of giving you access to the AVrecorder function. The Atto editor has some additional accessibility features and includes a robust equation editor for those working with mathematics. For more information on the Atto editor see the documentation available through moodle.org. Please note, however, that moodle.org's documentation assumes that Atto is the default editor which is not true at Amherst.
In most places where you need to add text in Moodle you will probably find 'TinyMCE' simple and adequate. For example to enter a description to file you're uploading you'd use the following interface.
Please note that by default the editor comes up with most of the editing tools hidden. Click on the icon in the upper left corner to see all the tools.
Most text is entered simply by typing into the entry box, but the editor has many tools to assist the user. Many of these icons and functions should be familiar to anyone who uses a word processor.
Some examples of where you will see the text editor include: Editing Section headings, description of an activity, writing an answer to a quiz question or editing the content of many blocks.
List of Icons
For those who are not familiar with the tool bar, here are the functions listed by group using the above example. Remember that the site administrator can edit or provide additonal toolbars.
- - Show/Hide additional tools
- - Styles
- - Bold, Italic
- - Number and bullet lists
- - Link group
- - Insert image and Insert media - uses File picker
- - Manage embedded files
- - Undo and Redo group
- - Underline, strikethru, subscript and superscript
- - Text justification
- - indent and outdent
- - Text and background color
- - Text direction
- Font and size
- - HTM source
- - Find and replace
- - Insert non-breaking space, custom characters, tables
- - Clean up messy code, remove formating, paste plain text, paste from Word
- - Full screen mode
- AV recorder - not available when sending email
Notes for selected tools
There are 4 levels of selecting a font or background color,
- A quick pick 5x8 matrix of colors
This includes a "More colors" option that links to Picker, Pallet and Named tabs.
- A rainbow color picker tab
- A Pallet tab with a 18x12 matrix of colors.
- A Named tab with custom pallets.
Equation editor — Not available at the moment, please use the Atto editor instead.
The insert table interface has two tabs.
- The general tab
- The advanced tab.
To add borders to a table
Cell borders are crucial for helping readers to follow the rows across the screen. If they aren’t showing already you can add them as follows:
- In the page containing your table, click its Edit tab
- Carefully select all the cells of the table
- Then right click (Macs: Command+click or Ctrl+Click) over any part of your selection to get a context menu; from it select Cell > Table Cell Properties; the cell properties dialog box then loads.
- Click on its Advanced tab, set Border Color to black (for instance), then click Apply, and then click Update.
- Click Save.
Note: With the exception of the AV Recorder, this documentation is based on documentation from Moodle.org