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Text editor use

Click within a text entry field for an item, resource, or rubric to display the text editor. Optionally, you can add a text editor to student response fields for extended text interactions.

Text editor options

The menu can include any combination of the following:

  • Maximize the display to full-screen mode. Click again to exit full-screen mode.
  • Cut highlighted text within the text field.
  • Copy highlighted text within the text field.
  • Paste highlighted text within the text field.
  • Paste as plain text when pasting text copied from a source outside of Performance Matters.
  • Paste from Word. Choose this when you copy and paste from Microsoft Word.
  • Undo the previous action.
  • Redo the previous action.
  • Add an image. Refer to Image Use for more details.
  • Insert a table with custom Table Properties.
  • Insert a horizontal line at the cursor position.
  • Insert a special character at the cursor position.
  • Insert an image resource. Refer to Add Resources to Itemsfor more details.

    This button functions differently on the Edit Resource page. Refer to Image Use for more details

  • Insert a passage resource. Refer to Add Resources to Itemsfor more details.
  • Embed media.

    • If you are going to use a media file hosted by any other service provider, you must create a passage resource for the media.
    • If you add the media using the text editor, the media displays correctly in item previews but does not display correctly in OLA. Refer to Media Use for more details.
  • Add MathML typeset to enter a math equation. Refer to Math Editor for more details.
  • Bold text.
  • Italicize text.
  • Underline text.
  • Strike-through text.
  • Subscript text
  • Superscript text.
  • Change the selected text color.
  • Change the background color of the selected text.
  • Remove format from the highlighted text.
  • Select a font.
  • Select a font size.
  • Insert or remove a numbered list.
  • Insert or remove a bulleted list.
  • Decrease the indent of the line of text in which the cursor is placed.
  • Increase the indent of the line of text in which the cursor is placed.
  • Make the text a blockquote. Click again to remove blockquote formatting.
  • Format text to align left.
  • Center the text.
  • Format text to align right.
  • Justify text.

Spelling and grammar check

Real-time proofreading markup indicates errors while you edit text.

Click underlined words to display correction options for spelling, grammar, or usage errors. are underlined.

A counter displays the current number of detected errors. Hover the pointer over the number to display proofreading settings and options.

Math Editor

  1. Click the Typeset mathematics icon to display the Math Editor.
  2. Choose the necessary typeset tab.
  3. Select the algebra, trigonometry, or calculus equations or symbols to add to your item.
  4. Enter numbers or variables in the empty fields.
  5. If needed, Update Pronunciation for the equation. This pronunciation is used for text-to-speech.
  6. Click OK.

Copy from Microsoft Word

Read this section in its entirety before copying and pasting text from Microsoft Word.

  1. Remove any extra paragraph breaks from your Word document.

    1. Click the paragraph icon in Word to display the paragraph breaks.

    2. Review your document and remove unneeded breaks.

  2. Save your Word document as HTML if your content contains images. This creates a separate folder with image files to import later. To save as HTML, choose File, then choose Save As Web Page.
  3. Copy your content from the Word document.
  4. Click Paste from Word in the text editor.
  5. Press and hold the Ctrl or Cmd + V keys to paste the text in the Paste from Word window.

  6. Click OK.
  7. Images are displayed as blank boxes. Add the images to the item using the image files that were created when you saved your Word document as an HTML file.

    1. Delete the blank box, then click Add an image in the text editor to locate and select the image you want to add.

    2. Alternately, you can open the images folder and drag and drop an image to the appropriate blank box in the text editor pane.

    Double-click to re-size or reformat an added image.

  8. Choose from the text editor tools to adjust the text formatting as needed.




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