There are two text editors available in LSE’s Moodle: the default Text editor Atto, and the alternative TinyMCE. The guide below covers the default Text editor. For information on how to enable and use TinyMCE, see Use the TinyMCE editor.

You will find the text editor whenever you are typing text directly into Moodle e.g. Editing Section headings, describing an activity, writing an answer to a quiz question or editing a page or label. It has a lot of similarity to a word processor but there are additional options relating to web design and accessibility.

When you first open the editor, you will see one short row of buttons, but if you press the first one you will reveal a further set. By hovering over each one you can identify their purpose.

Collapsed toolbar


1 Expand 2 Style 3 Bold
4 Italic 5 Text Colour 6 Bullet list
7 Numbered list 8 Add link 9 Unlink

Exanded toolbar


11 Add image 12 Add media 13 Manage embedded files 14 Underline 15 Strikethrough
16 Subscript 17 Superscript 18 Left align 19 Centre align 20 Right align
21 Increase indent 22 Decrease indent 23 Insert equation 24 Insert special character 25 Table
26 Clear formatting 27 Undo 28 Redo 29 Accessibility checker 30 Screen reader
31 HTML code

Buttons of note

2 Style. Use this to apply heading and body styles and to format text in accordance with pre-defined styles. See also 26.

26 Clear Formatting. If you copy and paste from Word or elsewhere, use this to remove original formatting so the Moodle stylesheet can be applied and provide consistency with other Moodle texts.

31 HTML code. If you are having problems changing formatting, it sometimes helps to check the raw HTML code. You must also switch to this if adding embed code e.g. for a Youtube video.