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How to add additional options for your chosen text editor

The two text editors most commonly used within Moodle and Totara LMS are Atto and Tiny MCE.

By default the 'TinyMCE' HTML editor does not come with all the options available through the toolbar of the editor, as seen in the image below.

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Some of the notable items that could be useful, but are not in the menu as default, are:

  • Insert media
  • Legacy spell checker

These can be added to the menu by going to Site administration ► Plugins ► Text editors ► TinyMCE HTML editor ► General settings. You will need to be logged in as a site administrator to be able to make these changes.

Within the ‘Editor Toolbar’ section in the settings you can add either of these features to the toolbar by adding the name of the feature to an existing or new line. The two items I’ve added are highlighted in the image below.

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The extra options are now available within the toolbar of the editor, as shown in the below screenshot.

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The 'Atto' editor also has additional Toolbar items that are left out of the default options, some of which you may find to be very useful. Below you can see some notable items that can be added:

  • Font Colour
  • Background colour
  • Emoticon
  • RTL/LTR text

These features can be added by going to Site administration ► Plugins ► Text editors ► Atto HTML editor ► Atto toolbar settings. You will need to be logged in as a site administrator to be able to make these changes.

Below are the default toolbar options for the Atto editor:

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In order to add the new Toolbar options to the editor, within the ‘Toolbar config’ box add the options you wish to include (like it is shown in the screenshot below). You can add the option to an existing group by using a comma to separate the option at the same time, or you can add it as a new group by creating a new line like in the example below.

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These options will then appear within the Atto editor toolbar as shown below.

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Additional options for both of these editors are also available on the Moodle plugins page, Atto -https://moodle.org/plugins/browse.php?list=category&id=53 and Tiny MCE - https://moodle.org/plugins/browse.php?list=category&id=45.

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