Skip to main content

Duke University

Search or Browse all of Duke University

How do I use the rich text editor?

The rich text editor (also known as the WYSIWYG editor) appears in many of the tools in Sakai.


Much like in Microsoft Word and other applications, you can control the appearance of your text using the editor box. You can bold text, add bullets or tables, and much more. The toolbar has specialized icons to create links to web addresses, files in your resources, and insert images. This guide shows some of the advanced functionality in the editor box.


To make the editor box larger, click the expand button in the toolbar. You’ll need to hit the button again to minimize the box.

Expand and minimize editor box

Copy and paste

You can copy and paste text from another file (e.g., an HTML file or a Word document).

Note: Pasting text from Microsoft Word directly into the editor box may result in garbled output, even if the text appears correct in the editor. Instead, to insert formatted text from a Word document, first click the Paste from Word icon.

Paste from Word

Then you can paste using Ctrl-v or Command-v into the Paste from Word box.

paste box

Or you can also type text directly into the editor box and use options like font, numbering, fill color, and spacing to format your document.


Losing colors and other special formatting when pasting from Word? Convert the document to a Google Doc first and then cut and paste into Sakai.

Add links

You can add links to an outside web page or an item within several Sakai tools (Resources, Tests and Quizzes, Assignments, and Forums). It is possible to link to items within the current site or any other site you own. You also have the option to upload a new document from your computer.

First type the link text and highlight it. Then you should click on the link button (world icon) in the editor.

adding linked text

At this point you can either type in a web address or navigate to an item in one of your Sakai sites by choosing Browse Server.
Enter URL or browse


You may now search in four different tools in your Sakai sites to find content. You can also add new resources directly. We recommend adding resources before creating links to ensure your materials are well organized in the Resources tool itself.

View the content by double clicking the folder, choose an item, and then click OK.

Double click on item

Click OK to finish when the Link box appears.

Click OK to finish

NOTE: If you attach a file from one of your other sites (including a project site or My Workspace), your site participants won’t be able to view it unless you chose Display to non-members (publicly viewable) in that file’s properties.

Insert an image, audio file, or video

Warpwire is a tool in Sakai that allows pictures, audio files, and videos to be played directly within Sakai. In comparison, if these kinds of files are added to Resources, students must download the file and play it with an application on their computer (such as iTunes).

Insert image or Warpwire video

To insert a streaming Warpwire file,  you will need to have the tool added already to your site and have content added. Click on the Warpwire button in the editor box. Check the radio button next to the appropriate file(s) and click Add Items to finish. The item(s) should now appear in the editor box. Please note, that the Warpwire button does not work in the following tools: Resources, Drop Box, Site Information Display, and Email. You can also embed an image in the editor box using the add image icon and browsing to a .jpg or .png files in your Resources.



Tags: , , , , , ,

This entry was posted on Monday, August 8th, 2016 at 11:59 pm and is filed under Content Delivery, Guides, Tool Guides. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed.