Customizing Moodle Text Editor

The Moodle text editor is a field which is used for entering content. Apart from the text, the content also consists of images, links, emotions, tables and math symbols. By being aware of the full range of the text editor, it will enable you to be efficient as you create the content which you require. In addition to that, it will give you ideas on ways of presenting the course content in various ways. Moodle text editor also enables the students to engage in what they are being taught.

The text editor consists of three rows of function button and the input box. Of which most of them use word processing software.

Customizing Moodle Text Editor

The Text Editor Groups 

The text editor consists of groups which are categorized into rows. It is only the site administrator who can provide or edit additional bars. The group comprises of the following:

The 1st row has four groups which include: full screen toggle, find and replace group, and undo and redo group. Consequently, the second row has: color group, paragraph group, formatting group, line format group and text effect group. Lastly, the groups of the 3rd row include: number bullets and incidents, link group, insert group and, source toggle and spellchecker

The Text Editor Features 

The features of the text editor include: color pickers, insert table and inserting images and media. The following is a description of each of the features mentioned:

  • The color pickers

For you to select a font or background color, you need to use four levels: a quick pick 5×8 matrix of colors, a rainbow color picker tab, a named tab with custom pallets and a pallet tab with 18 by 2 matrix of colors.

  • Inserting images and media

A file picker is used for inserting both images and media while a java script editor is used for inserting equation. You can also use special keyboard characters to insert custom character.

  • Inserting a table

You can insert a table by adding the cell borders to a table. These borders are very crucial since it assists readers in following the rows across the screen. The following are ways in which you can add them:

  • Click the edit tab in the wiki page which contains your table
  • Select all the cells on the table carefully
  • Right click any part of your selection for you to get a text menu (control+ click or command +click)
  • Click on the advanced bar and set the border color to black. After that, you need to click on the update
  • Click on the save button and the wiki page which is contain on the table will load. Hence, it will display its borders

Site Administrator Settings

The text highlighted below reveals the site administration used by the text editor:

  • Managing editors

The site administrator can enable or disable the text editors. Normally, they use the steps shown: settings> site administrator> plug-ins> text editor> managing editors. The end result is a plain text area which is enabled.

  • The spell engine

The spell engine comprises of: pspellshell, pspell, google spell and pspellshell in the respective order. A spell 0.5 should be installed on your server when a pspellspell is selected. Alternatively, the path to a spell is set in settings>site administrator> the server> system path.

  • The HTML settings

Another function of the site administrator is to edit the smileys or emoticons which are used in the text editor in the following way: settings> site administration> the appearance> HTML settings.

  • Font list available

To add on the default settings, a site administrator can include an extra font by typing of their string and name in the box. The steps which the administrator needs to undergo include: settings> site administrator> plug-ins> text edition > tinyMCE HTML edition. The text is demonstrated on the screen cast.

How to Copy Images Between Moodle Text Editors 

If you require images to be displayed in two sites which are on the Moodle text, you can only create a second copy by inserting the image from scratch. But, you should not reproduce it by copying the URL from HTML. The URL is used for a temporary file which exists within a single instance of the Moodle text editor. This is because you will break the link if you copy and paste it on a 2nd text.

Steps for Creating and Editing of Moodle Text Editor Categories 

The following guidelines are ways in which the creation and editing of the categories is done . The simple steps are shown below:

Step 1- The initial step is to log in the Moodle dashboard.

Step 2- The next step is to click on the navigation section. The part is in the left side of the screen.

Step 3- Click on the side which indicates add new category.

Step 4-Under add new category page, you need to add the category name, ID and description. However, leave it blank if the ID is not required.

Step 5- Click on the courses and you will have the new categories appearing on the list of the course categories. If you had done a mistake, you need to click on the course name. This will bring up the previous page which you will be required to select a category which you can edit.

Step 6- After selecting the course category, you are required to edit the category button. This will go to edit category settings ’. When you are through with editing, click on save changes’.

Step 7-When the categories have been set, the final step is to set the courses in these categories. As a result, the categories will appear in a similar manner as a snapshot.


Moodle text editor is significant as it can be used in various applications. One of the functions of the text editor is the fact that it can be used in the school environment. The Moodle editor forums are a great way of discussion both inside and outside class. The text editor has assisted schools and other organizations in various ways. Some of the ways in which Moodle editor text has been used effectively in schools are discussion of issues of the whole school, literacy predications and school councils.




Nicole Lewis is the Lead Author & Editor of MyLMStips. MyLMStips is dedicated to providing the most engaging topics, information, tips and tricks surrounding Moodle®. It's a place where Moodle® users can receive guidance on how to get the most out of it and increase their productivity and progress.