Using the Rich Text Editor

Adjust text on your pages using this built-in editing tool. It is found in most text components.

On this page:

Write or Change Text

  1.  Double-click on a component to open the editor.
  2.  Write text in the text box.
  3. Click the OK button to close the editor when you are finished making changes. 

Spell Check a Text Component

  1. Click the Spell Check button.
    • Unrecognized words are highlighted in yellow.
    • Right click each highlighted word to see autmated spelling suggestions.
    • If a suitable alternative is not provided, you must manually enter the correct spelling.
  2. If there are no unrecognized words, a window appears to tell you so. Click OK to close it.
The Rich Text Editor in the Body Text component, showing the spell checker in use.

The Rich Text Editor in the Body Text component, showing the spell checker in use.

The Spell Check will erroneously highlight legitimate words if thy are uncommon or foreign. Also, it does not check for grammar or correct usage.

Copy and Paste Text

  1. Select the text you want to copy, perhaps in a Word document.
  2. Press the Ctrl and c keys simultaneously. (On a Mac, use Command + c.)
  3. Click the part of the text box where you want the copied text to appear.
  4. Press the Ctrl and v keys simultaneously. (On a Mac, use Command + v.)

If you attempt to add text using right-click + paste, the component will not allow you to save your changes. Close and reopen the component, then use the keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl-v or Command-v).

Cut and Paste Text

  1. Select the text you want to move.
  2. Press the Ctrl and x keys simultaneously. The selected text is cut. (On a Mac, use Command + x.)
  3. Click the part of the text box where you want the cut text to appear.
  4. Press the Ctrl and v keys simultaneously. (On a Mac, use Command + v.)

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Bold Text

  1. Select the text you want to be bold.
  2. Press the Ctrl and b keys simultaneously, or click the Bold button.
    Use Command + b on a Mac.

Italicize Text

  1. Select the text you want to italicize.
  2. Press the Ctrl and i keys simultaneously, or click the Italic button.
    Use Command + i on a Mac.

Underline Text

  1. Select the text you want to underline.
  2. Press the Ctrl and u keys simultaneously, or click the Underline button.
    Use Command + u on a Mac.

Subscript

  1. Select your characters and click the X2 button to modify them.

Superscript

  1. Select your characters and click the X2 button to modify them.

Special Characters

Please be careful with these - we cannot guarantee they will always be displayed correctly in all browsers, and they may not all work cleanly in the Title component when it is displayed in site navigation or lists.

When copying and pasting into a text component—Body Text, for example—the UBCMS filters out any formatting that is not compatible with that component. This removes colored text, large fonts and background colors. But some characters will transfer in from an existing Word document (©, for example) that are impossible to recreate using the normal Rich Text Editor tools provided by the UBCMS. All sorts of special characters can still be added to your UBCMS pages, such as fractions (¼), the degree symbol (°), mathematical symbols (≥), letters with accents (ö), or the symbols for copyright (©), trademark (™) and registered (®).

To insert these symbols, accents and diacritical marks, try one of these approaches:

  1. Copy and paste from a master refererence of HTML entity or Unicode 'Alt Codes'. Simply highlight the character you want to use, then use Control-C to copy and Control-V to paste it into the component you are using on your UBCMS page.
  2. Use Windows 'Alt' or MAC 'Option' code combinations (such as Alt-0169 or Option-G, for copyright) directly within the UBCMS text component. For Windows users, you must hold down the Alt key while typing the numbers ON THE NUMBER KEYPAD. MAC users, simply hold down the Option key while typing the characters.

As with any UBCMS workarounds, double your work on the final published page, and be specially careful with any of the more unusual characters, such as smiley faces (☺)

Master references of HTML Entity and Alt Codes

Undo or Redo a Change

  1. Press the Ctrl and z keys simultaneously to Undo your last component change(s). Use Command + z on a Mac.
  2. Press the Ctrl and y keys simultaneously to Redo your last component change(s). Use Command + y on a Mac.
  3. Continuing to press Ctrl and z will undo earlier changes on that page, up to a maximum of twenty, for the past ten hours, for multiple authors if more than one was involved.

Undo/Redo can be dangerous if multiple people work on the same page at a time. There is no mechanism to make sure multiple users do not step on each other's work when making changes. Using Undo/Redo, an author can make many changes quickly and may therefore alter a page in a way that was not intended if there were other simultaneous modifications from other users.

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Make a word, phrase or sentence into a hyperlink so that clicking on it will bring you to another page.

  1.  Highlight the text you want to make into a hyperlink.
  2. Click the Hyperlink button (located at the top of the Text component menu bar).
  3. In the Link to field:
    • Click the magnifying glass and browse for your page if it is within the UBCMS and click OK.
    • NOTE: This practice works well when linking within a site; for example, linking to a page housed within http://medicine.buffalo.edu from another page in that same site.

      If you are linking from your department's site to another unit's, or if the site being linked is outside the UBCMS, type in the complete URL (including "http://").

      For example, if you are working on a page in the School of Dental Medicine website and linking to a page on the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences' site, you'll want to type in the complete URL rather than using the magnifying glass.
  4. If you want the link to open in a new window when clicked, select the Open in new window checkbox.
  5. Click OK
  1. Highlight the hyperlink.
  2. Click the Unlink button. The selected text is no longer a hyperlink.

Anchor Text

Make a word, phrase or sentence into an anchor so that clicking on it will bring you to a specific heading on a page.

  1. Select the text you want to make into an anchor.
  2. Click the Anchor button.
  3. In the Name field, enter a name for your anchor.
  4. Click OK.

You can create an anchor to your Title components by entering a name in the Id field.

To make a link to the anchor, browse for the page if it is within UBCMS or enter a URL if it is not. After the page name, add #anchorname, where anchorname is the name of your anchor.

Remove an Anchor

  1. Click on the anchor.
  2. Click the Anchor button.
  3. Delete all characters from the Name field.
  4. Click OK.

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Add Bullets to a List

  1. Select the paragraphs you want to make into a bulleted list.
  2. Click the Bullet List button.
    • If you want to add bullets under a numbered list, mark all the items as numbered, then select each item you want to bullet, click the indent button, then click the bullet button.

Number a List

  1. Select the paragraphs you want to make into a numbered list.
  2. Click the Numbered List button.

Indent a Paragraph

  1. Select the paragraph or part of it.
  2. Click the Indent button.

Reverse Indentation of a Paragraph

  1. Select the indented paragraph or part of it.
  2. Click the Outdent button.

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