Q. How do I submit text with formatting on Blackboard, in Wiki's, Journals, Blogs and Discussion Boards?


When pasting items or text into learning management systems such as Blackboard Learn please observe the following steps:

Firstly, complete your assessment in your Microsoft word document and format as normal:

To get rid of all the styles, text effects, and font formatting in your word document, do the following:

1.Select the text that you want to clear the formatting from. Or press CTRL+A to select everything in the document.

2.On the Home tab, in the Font group, click Clear Formatting.

          3. Then select all and paste into Note pad:

Copying and Pasting Text into Blackboard

Do not copy and paste text from Microsoft Word, email, or from a web browser directly into Blackboard. 

Work-around: Paste the text into Notepad (PC) or Text Edit (Mac).  Then copy it from Notepad or Text Edit and paste it into Blackboard. 

Text pasted directly from Microsoft Word or other sources can contain hidden formatting codes that may cause issues with the Blackboard course environment. The text may appear Ok when you view it but because the formatting is hidden it may cause a problem with the course feature. Notepad (PC) or Text Edit (Mac) will clean up the hidden code. After pasting into Blackboard you can then do any formatting with the Blackboard editor

How do I find Notepad or TextEdit on my computer?

A simple text editor is often included with whatever type of computer you have. If you use Microsoft Windows, look for Notepad; if you use Apple, look for TextEdit.

Where is notepad on Windows?

To find Notepad on your Windows computer:

  • Click Start.
  • In the Search box, type "notepad" and press Enter on your keyboard.
  • Click on the Notepad program to open it.

Where is notepad on a MAC?

To find TextEdit on your Mac computer:

  • Go to your Applications folder or dock.
  • Open TextEdit.
  • Click New on the File menu.
  • Click Make Plain Text on the Format menu (if the default has been changed to open as plain text, this will not be necessary).

Next select all, then copy and paste into blackboard. The steps and solutions to any queries you may have are answered in this is short clip titled Copy and Paste into Blackboard .

If, after you have followed these instructions you still need to perfect your work, select all and clear formatting like you would in a word document. To correct the formatting click on the formatting button within the ribbon located here:

Then click submit and you’re done!


  • Last Updated Nov 22, 2018
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  • Answered By Emma Hargrave - Blackboard

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