If you are experiencing issues pasting content into Blackboard's text editor, skip to this section.
Blackboard's visual editor allows you to format text using HTML. It allows you to add bold or italicized words to a variety of learning object tasks, including discussion board posts and journal entries. The Visual Editor features many useful formatting options.
The functionality of the visual editor is very similar to other rich-text/WYSIWYG editors you may have experience with.
- A complete overview of the different functions of the WYSIWYG Visual Editoris available directly from Blackboard.
Error messages in the text editor
It is very common for there to be issues when pasting formatted content into Blackboard.
In the case of pasting from Microsoft Word, there is a lot of background code that is used to generate the format/style of your Word documents, and this code can be complicated when Blackboard attempts to display it (e.g., frozen browsers, failure to save error messages, blank content, etc.).
This is not an issue limited to pasting from Word and can happen when pasting anything but plain text into the Blackboard text editor. Options that typically resolve this are outlined below.
Option 1: Use a plain-text editor to type your posts
- Write up your post using a text editor such as Notepad (Windows PC) or TextEdit (Mac).
- Copy the plain-text from your write-up and paste it into the discussion board forum's text entry box.
- Use the buttons on the text editor to style your post's text.
Option 2: Use the Remove Formatting button to cleanup the messy formatting
- Write up your post as usual.
- Paste the text into the discussion board forum's text entry box.
- Select and highlight the entry post's text.
- Click the Remove Formatting button on the text editor toolbar.
- This removes all of the formatting and allows you to use the compatible options available in the discussion board's text editor to style the post.
View complete information on working with the text editor.
Information on the typical expectations of discussion board posts is available in our article on formatting text. This article includes information on the expectations of student's in terms of APA formatting in discussion board forums.