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Formatting

Formatting

For help on particular formatting styles, click on the links below:

'Bold' button Formatting text in bold

'Italic' button Formatting text in italics

'Header' button Formatting text as a header

'Blockquote' button Formatting text as a blockquote

'Bulleted list' button Adding bullet points to a list

'Numbered list' button Adding numbers to a list

'Insert link' button Inserting a web link

'Insert image' button Inserting a picture

Insert media Inserting an MP3 or video

Record multimedia Recording audio or video

Formatting text as superscipt

Formatting text as subscript

Formatting text as strikethrough


'Bold' button Formatting text in bold

You can format some of the text of your entry in bold to add emphasis.

To format text in bold:

  1. Write the text for your entry in the large text box under 'Text of entry' next to the icon that looks like this: Enter text icon
  2. Highlight the text that you wish to format in bold.
  3. Click on the '*bold*' button: 'Bold' button to the right of the text box under ‘Formatting’. You should now see an asterix (*) either side of the text you selected. (Alternatively, you can just type * either side of the text you wish to format in bold.)

    Bold text
  4. Click the ‘Publish now’ button.

The selected text will appear in bold in your entry:

Bold text - published

Example: If you were writing an entry about a tennis match, you might want to format the names of the players in bold.

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'Italic' button Formatting text in italics

You can format some of the text of your entry in italics to add emphasis.

To format text in italics:

  1. Write the text for your entry in the large text box under 'Text of entry' next to the icon that looks like this: "Enter text" icon
  2. Highlight the text that you wish to format in italics.
  3. Click on the '_italic_' button: "Italic" button to the right of the text box under ‘Formatting’. You should now see an underscore (_) either side of the text you selected. (Alternatively, you can just type _ either side of the text you wish to format in italics.)

    italics
  4. Click the ‘Publish now’ button.

The selected text will appear in italics in your entry:

Italic text

Example: If you were writing a review of a book, you might want to format the title of the book in italics.

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'Header' button Formatting text as a header

You can format text in your entry as a header to show it as a subheading (as distinct from the main title of your entry).

To format text as a header:

  1. Write the text for your entry in the large text box under 'Text of entry' next to the icon that looks like this: Enter text icon
  2. Highlight the text that you wish to format as a header.
  3. Click on the 'Header: h4.' button: 'Header' button to the right of the text box under ‘Formatting’. Your entry should now say ‘h4. ’ to the left of the text you selected. (Alternatively, you can just type 'h4. ' to the left of the text you wish to format as a header.)

    Format header
  4. Click the ‘Publish now’ button.

The selected text will appear as a header in the main text of your entry:

Header - published

Example: If you were writing an entry about a field trip, with an account on what you did on each day, you might want to format the names of the days as headers.

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'blockquote' button Formatting text as a blockquote

You can format some of the text of your entry as a blockquote to show that it is a quotation.

To format text as a blockquote:

  1. Write the text for your entry in the large text box under 'Text of entry' next to the icon that looks like this: Enter text icon
  2. Highlight the text that you wish to format as a blockquote.
  3. Click on the 'Blockquote: bq.' button: 'blockquote' button to the right of the text box under ‘Formatting’. Your entry should now say ‘bq. ’ to the left of the text you selected. (Alternatively, you can just type 'bq. ' to the left of the text you wish to format as a blockquote.)

    blockquote
  4. Click the ‘Publish now’ button.

The selected text will appear as a blockquote in your entry:

Published blockquote

Example: If you were writing a review of a book, and quoting short passages from the book, you might want to format these as blockquotes.

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'bulleted list' icon Adding bullet points to a list

You can create a bulleted list in your entry.

To add bullet points to a list:

  1. Write the text for your entry in the large text box under 'Text of entry' next to the icon that looks like this: 'Enter text' icon
  2. Hit enter after each item of your list.
  3. Highlight the text of your list.
  4. Click on the 'Bulleted list: *' button: 'bulleted list' button to the right of the text box under ‘Formatting’. You should now see an asterix (*) and a space to the left of each item on your list. (Alternatively, you can just type '* ' to the left of each item on your list.)

    Bullet point list
  5. Click the ‘Publish now’ button.

The list will appear with bullet points to the left of each item in your entry:

Published bullet point list

Example: If you were writing an entry about the reasons you agreed with a particular political position, you could create a bulleted list of reasons.

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'Numbered list' button Adding numbers to a list

You can create a numbered list in your entry.

To add numbers to a list:

  1. Write the text for your entry in the large text box under 'Text of entry' next to the icon that looks like this: 'Enter text' icon
  2. Hit enter after each item of your list.
  3. Highlight the text of your list.
  4. Click on the 'Numbered list: #' button: 'numbered list' button to the right of the text box under ‘Formatting’. You should now see a hash (#) and a space to the left of each item on your list. (Alternatively, you can just type '# ' to the left of each item on your list.)

    Numbered list
  5. Click the ‘Publish now’ button.

The list will appear with numbers to the left of each item in your entry:

Published numbered list

Example: If you were writing an entry outlining the books you needed to read for an assignment, you could create a numbered list of books.

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'insert link' button Inserting a web link

You can link to another web page in your entry.

To insert a web link:

  1. Write the text for your entry in the large text box under 'Text of entry' next to the icon that looks like this: 'Enter text' icon
  2. Highlight the text that you want to show up as the link.
  3. Click on the 'To insert a link: "linktext": url' button: 'insert link' button to the right of the text box under ‘Formatting’.
  4. Enter the web address (URL) of the web page you want to link to in the window that pops up and click on 'OK'.
  5. You should now see quotation marks (") either side of the text you selected, followed by a colon (:) and the web address you want to link to. Alternatively, you can just type quotation marks  (") around the text you wish to show up as the link, followed by a colon (:), and then the web address.

    Inserting a link
  6. Click the ‘Publish now’ button.

The selected text will appear as a link to the web page:

Published link

Example: If you were writing an entry about a particularly exciting episode of The Archers, you might want to insert a link to The Archers homepage.

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'insert image' button Inserting a picture

You can insert a picture into your entry.

To insert a picture into your entry:

  1. Position the cursor in the place you want the image to appear and click in the large text box under 'Text of entry' next to the icon that looks like this: 'Enter text' icon
  2. Click on the 'To insert an image: !imageurl!' button: Insert image button to the right of the text box.
  3. The Insert image screen should pop up. If the picture you want to add to the entry is already uploaded in one of your galleries, find the title of this gallery in the list under 'Your galleries/images'. Click on the title link. Choose the picture you want to add to the entry and click on the picture. (If the picture you want to add to the entry is not in any of your galleries, click the 'Upload an image' link to upload the picture to your blog. Or you can add an image straight from another website by typing the web address of the picture under 'Insert an image from the web'.)
  4. You should now see the 'Insert image - preview' screen. Click on the 'Layout' button. You should now see the 'Insert image - layout' screen.
  5. Click on the layout you would like for your entry (with the picture positioned to the left, right or in the middle of the text).
  6. You should now see some code in bold under the three layouts, for example:
    <img style="float:left;padding-right:5px;" src="/images/myname/2004/08/12/picturetitle.bmp?maxWidth=300">

    Choosing image layout
  7. Highlight the code and copy the code by right clicking on the highlighted area and selecting 'copy', or by typing Ctrl+ c on the keyboard. Close the pop-up window.
  8. Paste the code into the large text box under 'Text of entry' by right clicking in the text box and selecting 'paste', or by typing Ctrl+ v on the keyboard.

    Inserting image
  9. Click the ‘Publish now’ button.

The picture will appear in your entry:

Published image

Example: If you were writing an entry about your night out in the Union, you might want to add a photo of your friends dancing.

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Insert media Inserting an MP3 or video

You can link to an externally hosted media file in your entry:

  1. Write the text for your entry in the large text box under 'Text of entry' next to the icon that looks like this: 'Enter text' icon
  2. Click on the 'To insert an mp3 or video: [media]url[/media]' button to the right of the text box under ‘Formatting’.
  3. Enter the web address (URL) of the web page you want to link to in the window that pops up and click on 'OK'.
  4. You should now see media tags ([media]) either side of the web address you want to link to. Alternatively, you can just type media tags ([media], [/media]) around the URL of the media file you wish to display.
  5. Click the ‘Publish now’ button.

Record multimedia Recording audio or video

You can record audio or video and insert it into your blog entry:

  1. Write the text for your entry in the large text box under 'Text of entry' next to the icon that looks like this: 'Enter text' icon
  2. Click on the 'Record an audio or video file' button to the right of the text box under ‘Formatting’.
  3. Follow the on screen instructions and click Save to insert the code into your entry.
  4. You should now see media tags ([media]) either side of the web address linking to your newly recorded audio or video file.
  5. Click the ‘Publish now’ button.

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Formatting text as superscript

You can format some of the text of your entry as superscript.

To format text as superscript:

  1. Write the text for your entry in the large text box under 'Text of entry' next to the icon that looks like this: Enter text icon
  2. Type ^ either side of the text that you wish to format as superscript.

    Format as superscript
  3. Click the 'Publish now' button.

The text will appear as superscript in your entry:

Published superscript

Example: If you were including a date in your entry, you might want to format the 'th' of '26th' as superscript.

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Formatting text as subscript

You can format some of the text of your entry as subscript.

To format text as subscript:

  1. Write the text for your entry in the large text box under 'Text of entry' next to the icon that looks like this: Enter text icon
  2. Type ~ either side of the text that you wish to format as subscript.

    Format as subscript
  3. Click the 'Publish now' button.

The text will appear as superscript in your entry:

Published supscript

Example: If you were writing a chemical formula, you might want to format the '2' of 'O2' as subscript.

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Formatting text as strikethrough

You can strikethrough text in your entry.

To strikethrough text:

  1. Write the text for your entry in the large text box under 'Text of entry' next to the icon that looks like this: Enter text icon
  2. Type - either side of the text that you wish to strikethrough.

    Format as strikethrough
  3. Click the 'Publish now' button.

The text will appear as strikethrough in your entry:

Published strikethrough

Example: If you were answering a question in your entry and wanted to show that you had changed your mind, you could strikethrough your original answer before typing in your new answer.

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