What is the Rich-Text Editor?

In most areas of the system where text can be entered, you can control the appearance of your text using the Rich-Text Editor, sometimes called a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor. The toolbar in the Rich-Text Editor has icons for editing and formatting your text. You may also use the Rich-Text Editor tools to add images, links, audio and video to the text you enter.

The Rich-Text Editor is based on an open-source application called CKEditor. For more information on the CKEditor, you may also refer to the CKEditor 4 Documentation Site.

Please refer to What does it mean to make content Accessible?  for links to articles with more information on creating accessible content using the CKEditor.

Note: To preserve formatting from a Word document when you paste text into the Rich-Text Editor, you should use the Paste from Word button as described in How do I paste text from a Microsoft Word document in the Rich-Text Editor?  Some types of formatting, such as colored text, may need to be added manually in the editor after pasting.

Rich-Text Editor Toolbar

The Rich-Text Editor toolbar contains an array of icons.  To make the editor easier to use on mobile devices with small screens, the available icons are reduced in mobile view (on an internet browser window smaller than 770 pixels in width).  For images of the editor in both desktop and mobile view, see below:

See What actions can I perform using the Rich-Text Editor icons? for more information on individual icon functionality.

Desktop View

Mobile View