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Content Editor

The newly designed content editor allows for more advanced word processing functionality.  Users can add and format text, insert equations, hyperlinks, tables, images and attach different types of files to content.  The new math equation editor functions on all platforms and supports editing and display of LaTeX formulas.

To learn more, see Using the Content Editor

Known Issue with Pasting in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari

The update to the Content Editor resulted in changes in the security settings that have affected the way to paste copied content when using Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Apple Safari. As these supported browsers react differently, please read the following information needed by browser.

Internet Explorer

While pasting in the Content Editor using Internet Explorer, this pop-up notification shows. Select Allow Access to allow for pasting during the current session of use.

In order to permanently enable the paste function in Internet Explorer, you can make changes in your Internet Options:

  1. Go to Tools then Internet Options

    Note for PC users:
     If you don't see the Tools option, it is likely because it is hidden from view. You can show Tools by right-clicking to the right of the open browser tabs and then clicking on Menu Bar.

2. Select the Security Tab

3. Select Custom level...

4. Find "Allow Programmatic clipboard access" and select Enable then OK.

Google Chrome, and Apple Safari

When using these browsers and attempting to paste content to the Content Editor by right clicking on mouse – the following notice (or a similar one) will appear:

Your web browser currently does not support this behavior. Use the following keyboard shortcuts instead.

  • Cut: Control + X (Command + X)
  • Copy: Control + C (Command + C)
  • Paste: Control + V (Command + V)

Mozilla Firefox

The keyboard commands listed above will work in Firefox if you are copy/pasting from Word.

Note: If you are copying text from the web, you will have to first copy/paste into Word, and then copy/paste into Firefox, or see below.

Issue with Pasting in Blackboard when you can’t change Browser Security Settings

For computers whose security settings cannot be changed, the HTML button in the Text Editor will allow pasting into the content editor in Blackboard.

To do this:

  1. Click on the HTML link in the text editor:

  2. A pop-up window will open. Paste your text into the pop up window using Ctrl-v on your keyboard and click Update.

  3. Your text will now be pasted into your submission post.

Note: Some text formatting may be removed. You should be able to correct for that using the other word processing tools listed in the text editor.

Need more help? Contact the ITS Service Desk.