Jun 272013
 
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If you are only typing a couple of lines, composing it within Blackboard will likely be fine. However, if you are typing several paragraphs of text such as for tests, discussion board posts, or emails, we recommend that you compose text using TextEdit program. This allows you to utilize the inherent tools such as spell check and also to save a copy of your work on your own hard drive.

Copying and pasting from Microsoft Word documents can bring along extra “code” that can cause issues within the content editor (text box). So, you may want to compose your thoughts in TextEdit and use the tools within these programs to check for spelling errors, etc. Once finished you can then copy and paste into Blackboard and use the tools available in the content editor to format the text as you wish.

Once you have composed and saved your composition in your word processing program it becomes a matter of moving the material to Blackboard. The easiest way to do this is to have both your word processing program and a browser window (i.e. Safari, Firefox, etc.) logged into Blackboard open.


Video Tutorial: Keyboard Shortcuts (Copy, Paste, etc.)

  Important Tip! We recommend using Keyboard Shortcuts, they work better when copying and pasting into Blackboard.


  • From any document (i.e. TextEdit, etc)
  • Highlight the text you want to copy and paste:
    • Select a Portion of Text:
      • Place the cursor at the beginning of the text you want to select
      • Holding the mouse button down, drag over the text to highlight
    • Select All Text Quickly:
      • Place the cursor at the beginning of the text you want to select
      • Use the Keyboard Shortcut to select all: while holding down the “Command” key, select the “A” key
  • Copy Function:
    Note: When you copy highlighted data, this data is stored in the clipboard until you are ready to paste that data into another program.

    • Use the Keyboard Shortcut to copy: while holding down the “Command” key, select the “C” key
  • Go to the location in Blackboard where you want to paste the copied text
  • Paste Function:
    • Place the cursor inside the Blackboard text box editor (click inside the text box)
    • Use the Keyboard Shortcut to paste: while holding down the “Command” key, select the “V” key

Important Tip!
You can use the copy and paste method in any area of Blackboard. Blackboard also provides many tools for formatting within the text box editor areas.