The Visual Editor

The Visual Editor allows you to format text using HTML. It allows you to add bold or italicized words to a discussion board post along with a number of useful formatting features. This is very similar in functionality to word processing programs, such as Microsoft Word.

If the Visual Editor is available within a tool, an On/Off toggle appears above on the right side of the provided text box (see below). If you select ON, the Visual Editor formatting tools will appear above the text box.

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Adding Attachments

While completing various assignments, you may need to upload files from your computer to your course. For example, you may need to upload a Microsoft Word file of a paper you've written or you may want to attach a image to the discussion board.


If uploading a file is an option within the tool you're using, you will see an Attachments area along with a Browse My Computer button. To attach a file, click the Browse My Computer button to browse your computer for a file. Once you locate the file, select the file and click the Open button. You can only attach one file at a time.