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When adding NEW pages to the content area, you can actually pull up an existing page of content and use that as a template.  If your course is nicely styled with style sheets, this means that your new page will contain all the appropriate code for looking good.

Here’s how.

Selecting the template page

In your course, click on Content in the  Navigation Bar (NavBar) and click on the module where you want your new page to be.

Click on the New button and select “Create a File”.

At the top click in the Enter a Title box and type in the name for this page.  This is what the file will be called and what will show up as the topic name in the Contents area.

Beside the title box click the “Select a Document Template” button.

Select an existing page as your template.  Click in the radio button in front of the file name.  Don’t click on the actual file name, just the button in front of it.

Adding and editing text

Now, just replace the existing content with your new content.  It will not change the original file, it will create a new file with the name of what you put in the Title box at the top.

Copying and pasting from word

If you are copying text from Word and pasting it onto the page you must select the Paste as Text icon first. It’s at the top of the edit window and looks like a clipboard with a page that has a T on it.  Click on that, then use Ctrl V to paste what you copied from Word.  Now use the icons across the top to put your formatting back in.

Editing text

Use the paragraph dropdown to set headings – H1, H2, H3… Just click in the text and use the “Paragraph” button to change it from a paragraph to a heading.

Use the bullets and numbered list buttons, use the bold and italic buttons.

Don’t use the Size or Font Family buttons as your style sheet should take care of that and you don’t want to introduce any odd fonts or sizes.

Inserting web links

When you insert a link to a website, use the icon that looks like two chain links and select URL from the list.  Paste in the web address in the URL box, and in the title box type in what you want to be the blue link.  Some people paste the URL in there too so students can see the address on the page.  Dot the  “New Window” Target option BEFORE you click the Insert button.  All external links MUST open in a new window or else they just don’t open.

Managing where your files are stored

Once you finish entering your new content, use the Change Path button at the bottom to select where the file will be stored in the manage files area.  We recomend you have a folder for each module and put all the files for each module in their proper folder.  You can create a new folder using the link at the top of the window. Select the folder by clicking on it, then click the Select Path button.

This doesn’t effect where in your Content area the page shows up.  Just where it is stored in the Manage Files area.

Finishing up

When you click the Publish button, the file is created, stored in the folder you selected and will appear at the bottom of the module you started in in the Contents area.