Moodle - Atto Text Editing


UW-Madison has adopted Canvas as its single, centrally supported learning management system. As of 6/1/2018, support for Desire2Learn (D2L) and most Moodle courses has been discontinued. Access to those courses has permanently ended. However, certain Moodle courses that are part of the Adanced Quizzing Content Functional Gaps project are still available on Moodle. Those courses are located on the Moodle Extension site.

This article highlights the new Atto text editor

In versions of Moodle after v2.7, the new Atto text editor is used in most text areas. The Atto text editor is similiar to old versions of Moodle and common word processors. For additional help, please visit

Text Editor

Text editor image

  1. Paragraph Styles
  2. Bold
  3. Italic
  4. Font Size
  5. Styles
  6. Unordered Lists
  7. Ordered Lists
  8. Link
  9. Unlink
  10. Image
  11. Media
  12. Manage Files
  13. Underline
  14. Strike through
  15. Subscript
  16. Superscript
  17. Left align
  18. Center
  19. Right align
  20. Outdent
  21. Indent
  22. Equation Editor
  23. Insert Character
  24. Table
  25. Clear Formatting
  26. WIRIS editor
  27. Undo
  28. Redo
  29. Accessibility checker
  30. Screenreader helper
  31. Kaltura media
  32. hiddenblock (Atto)
  33. Toggle preview
  34. Toggle full screen view
  35. HTML
36. - 39. PoodLL Anywhere(Atto)

 Formatting Text Editing

Similar to Microsoft Word, you can do several things to format text.
Paragraph Styles  Paragraph styles: Allows formatting similar to headers in HTML
Bold image    Bold: Toggles bold formatting
Italic image    Italic: Toggles italic formatting 
Font Size image    Font size: Changes size to relative values (e.g. small, x-large)
Unordered List image    Unordered List: Creates bulleted list
Ordered List image    Ordered List: Creates numbered list
Link image   Link: Creates a hyperlink to the site 
Unlink image    Unlink: Removes an already created link
Underline image  Underline: Toggles underline formatting
Strikethrough image  Strike through: Toggles strike through formatting
Subscript image  Subscript: Toggles subscript formatting (useful for chemical equations)
Superscript image  Superscript: Toggles superscript formatting (useful for exponents)
Left align image  Left align: Aligns text or media to the left
Center image  Center: Centers text or media
Right align image  Right align: Aligns text or media to the right
Outdent image  Outdent: Moves text or images slightly to the left
Indent image  Indent: Moves text or images slightly to the right
Clear Formatting image  Clear Formatting: Removes formatting on text
Undo image  Undo: Removes the last formatting applied or last text/media added
Redo image  Redo: Reapplies the last undo made

 Inputting Files

Image image  Image: Adds or edits images
Media image  Media: Adds or edits media (audio/video)
Manage files image  Manage files: Allows the embedding of files into your course
Kaltura image  Kaltura Media: Adds media from Kaltura

 Third Party Plugins

Styles image    Styles: Adds boxes/styling common to web development
WIRIS image      WIRIS editor: Implements Latex equations
Kaltura Image      Kaltura Media: (see description in "Inputting Files" section above)
hiddenblock image    hiddenblock (Atto): Adds a block that is hidden to students 
Preview image      Toggle preview: Allows you to view your content the way it will look when it is live in your course
Full Screen image   Toggle full screen: Expands the text editor to full screen
PoodLL image    PoodLL Anywhere (Atto): Allows you to record audio/video, draw a picture, or take a picture to add to your course  

 Moodle Built-in Features

Equation image  Equation Editor: Implements equation using TeX
Character images Insert character: Adds characters to your page (e.g. Greek letters, accented letters) 
Table image  Table: Adds table
Accessibility image  Accessibility checker: Checks your page for accessibility that is used for people using screenreaders
Screenreader image  Screenreader helper: Assists in making links/images/media accessible
HTML image  HTML: Allows you to edit the source code of your page to manually change the HTML code.

Keywords:atto, text, editing,   Doc ID:54341
Owner:Erica H.Group:Moodle
Created:2015-07-24 13:53 CDTUpdated:2018-03-05 17:56 CDT
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