Learn@Illinois Moodle - Using the Moodle Text Editor

This page will explain how to use the Tiny MCE editor in the Learn@Illinois Moodle installation.

If your text editor looks different, you may need to click "use advanced editor" on your page (if posting to a forum) or read Changing your Text Editor to change your default text editor.

Note: The Tiny MCE editor does not save your text as you compose. If you lose connection or get logged off while composing online, your work will not be saved and there is no way to recover it. Use a text editor or word processing program to compose your assignment and save often. Because most programs add code that online editors cannot read, wait to format the assignment and add images and other media to it until after you have cut and pasted the text into the text editor on the course website.

Note: Due to accessibility concerns it is strongly recommended not to change the color of text, highlight text, and change the font size of text.

Expanding the editing toolbar

Your editing toolbar can be expanded by clicking the toolbar toggle button.


You can select the format of your text by using the format drop-down menu. This will allow you to create headings. Because the website uses Heading 1 and Heading 2 for things like your course title and activity names, it is a good idea to start with a Heading 3 and work down from there for subheadings. This way your course site will make more sense to people using screen readers. Read more about typographic hierarchy.

Bold, Italic, Underline, & Strikethrough

Make text bold, italicized, underlined, or strikethrough.

Bullets & Numbers

To make an unordered list, select the text and click the insert/remove bulleted list button. To make an ordered list, select the text and click the insert/remove numbered list button.

Use the indent and outdent buttons to change the level of the list. Learn more about when to using bullets and numbers.

Links and Autolinks

To link to something outside of the course website, highlight the text you want to link and click the insert/edit link button.

In the popup window, enter the link URL. You should select open in a new window as the target so that you don't inadvertently force someone to navigate away from the course website.

Once you save, the text should be a link.

To undo this, click the unlink button.

If you notice that something is linked, but that you did not intentionally create the link, it is probably an autolink.

Autolinking is feature of Moodle that creates links to an activity, glossary, or database entry where the word or phrase of the activity is used within the same course in which the activity is located.

You can choose to do this intentionally to refer to something in the course website. If you would like to prevent something from autolinking, highlight the text and click the prevent automatic linking button.

Files and Media


To add an image, select the insert/edit image button. You can find an image on your computer and many other locations.

To add an image from the internet, enter the URL here.

To find an image on your computer, click Find or upload an image... 

Then click Browse, find the image, then click Open, then Upload this file.

It is always a good idea to add an image description. If someone cannot see the image, they will still be able to understand what it is.

You can edit how the image appears in the "appearance" and "advanced" tabs. You can get back to this menu by clicking on the image and then clicking the add/edit image icon again.

Audio and Video

To add audio and video, you must have the file hosted on another server.

If you have the file hosted on the Ensemble server, click the Insert Moodle media button then click Find or upload a sound, video or applet... 

If the audio or video is hosted on another site, you can insert the embed code into the HTML window by clicking the HTML button and pasting the embed code there.

Other Files

If you would like to attach a file to your text, look for the "additional files" upload area below the text editor. If there is no additional files area, you will not be able to attach an additional file.

If you want to learn how to embed Illinios Media Space, read the following documentation: Embedding Audio or Video from Illinois Media Space.

Undo and Redo

If you want to undo your last action, click the undo button (left-facing arrow). You can do this any number of times.

If you would like to redo an action you just undid, click the redo button (right-facing arrow).

Subscript and Superscript

To create a subscript, select the text you would like to subscript and click the subscript button

To create a superscript, select the text you would like to subscript and click the superscript button.

Align Text

To align text to the left, select the text you would like to be aligned to the left and click the align left button

To align text to the center, select the text you would like to be aligned to the center and click the align center button

To align text to the right, select the text you would like to be aligned to the right and click the align right button.


To add a table, select the insert/edit table button.

This will take you to the "general properties" and "advanced" menus. Once your table has been created, you can get back to these table by clicking on the table, then clicking on the insert/edit table button.

For more options, right-click on the table.

Find and Replace

To find a word or phrase in a block of text, click the find button and search for the term.

To replace multiple instances of a word or phrase in a block of text, click the find/replace button. Enter the term you are searching for and the term you would like it to be replaced with.

Cleaning Up Formatting

If you have pasted from another source and the text is formatted improperly, you have several options.

Clicking clean up messy code will remove some hidden messy code.

Clicking remove formatting will remove unwanted formatting. 

Paste from Word will remove unwanted formatting from Word documents.

Paste as plain text will remove unwanted formatting from other sources.

If these solutions do not remove all unwanted formatting, you can always paste the text into the HTML field.

Full-Screen Mode

To enter full-screen mode, click the toggle full-screen mode.

Not all functionality will be available in full-screen mode.

For more information about text editors:

Keywords:moodle, format, style, Tiny MCE, toolbar, style, links, insert image, files, media, find and replace   Doc ID:71424
Owner:ATLAS-TLT .Group:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
Created:2017-03-06 17:04 CDTUpdated:2018-07-06 14:41 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
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