Learning how to edit your page and text in OU Campus is one of the most valuable skills you can learn. 

Follow these Guidelines

  • Before editing a live page or before submitting a content update request, always have your content written and approved (by your department). 
  • Follow Content Guidelines, Accessibility Standards, and Know Your Audience

Tips

  • A file needs to be unlocked and able to checked out to edit
  • Use the green direct edit buttons to edit the content directly below them
  • Get to know the toolbar & strip formatting when pasting in text
  • Learn how to add a link

Keep these functions in mind on your journey to adding and editing content:

How to Edit a Page

There are multiple ways to navigate to a page to edit it. To edit a page, first it must be available to be checked out to you.

Remember to get approval from your department's web supervisor to make major changes to your content.

Direct Edit Function

In Edit Mode, click a green direct edit region button. Note: Clicking the green direct edit buttons will "check out" the page if unlocked.

Page Properties & More

To access the page properties and other functions, click the lightbulb to check the page out instead of using the green direct edit buttons.

Access Through Your Folder

To access your directory, first click the Split File Navigation button.

  • In the folder structure view, you can navigate through directories of the website
  • To edit a page or its properties, first click its .pcf file, then check the page out

Content Pages View

Register for an Intermediate training to learn more functionality with the Content Pages View.


How to Edit Text 

To edit a content region, click its green direct edit button. This will open a WYSIWYG (What-You-See-is-What-You-Get) editor.

  • WYSIWYG editors allow you to add, delete, or modify content without HTML
  • This editor will be similar to most word processing software, such as Microsoft Word
  • The toolbar will have some options you are familiar with, with a few unique to OU Campus
  • Clear your formatting remove-format icon when pasting in text from outside of OU Campus
  • Review how to Insert/Edit hyperlinks


Once you have completed your edits, click the Save button to return to the page preview screen. If you wish to return to the folder structure view without saving your work, click the split-screen button in the upper left-hand corner. Don't forget to "check in" the page if your work is complete.

Toolbar

Find out what each button represents on the toolbar and see examples of how to use them.

Use shortcuts to help you edit text quickly as you get used to OU Campus.

Toolbar one


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Save

Click on the Save icon to save the current page. The page will not be live on the website until after it is published.
To save without exiting Edit mode, click "CTRL + S" for Windows, or "CMD+ S" for Mac.

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Exit Without Saving

Exits the Edit Mode without saving any changes.

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Restore Last Draft

Restores the content to the last saved point, including auto-saves.


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Cut

Removes content from a document. To do this, highlight the content and click the "Cut" icon.
Keyboard shortcut: "CTRL + X"

Many browsers disable the use of Cut, Copy, and Paste commands for security purposes. This is not a problem with OU Campus - this is a browser issue.

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Copy

Copies content from the page. To do this, highlight the content and click the "Copy" icon.
Keyboard shortcut: "CTRL + C"

Many browsers disable the use of Cut, Copy, and Paste commands for security purposes. This is not a problem with OU Campus - this is a browser issue.

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Paste

Pastes copied content onto a page. To do this, click where the content should be placed, and click the "Paste" icon.
Keyboard shortcut: "CTRL + V"

Many browsers disable the use of Cut, Copy, and Paste commands for security purposes. This is not a problem with OU Campus - this is a browser issue.

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Paste as Plain Text

Pastes copied content onto a page while removing all formatting of the text. To do this, click where the content should be placed, and click the "Paste as Plain Text" icon.


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Find and Replace

Allows the user to find certain text on the current page and replace it with other text.


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Undo

Undo the last changes made, one by one.
Keyboard shortcut: "CTRL + Z"

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Redo

Redo the changes that were previously undone.
Keyboard shortcut: "CTRL + Y"


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Spellcheck

Checks the spelling of the editable section. Misspelled words are underlined with a red line, and clicking on the word will give the following options:

  • list of suggested words to replace the misspelled word
  • add the word to the dictionary
  • ignore misspelled word
  • ignore all instances of misspelled word in the editable section

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Clear Formatting

Removes all formatting applied to the text. To do this, highlight the text to be updated and click the "Clear Formatting" icon. This returns the selected text to the default format settings.


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Bold

Turns selected text into Bold text.

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Italic

Turns selected text into Italic text.


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Bulleted List

Turns the selected text into a bulleted list. Example:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Cherries

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Numbered List

Turns the selected text into a numbered list. Example:

  1. First of all ...
  2. Next ...
  3. Finally ...

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Decrease Indent

Decreases the indent of a paragraph. To decrease the indent of a paragraph, click on the "Decrease Indent" icon. Each consecutive click will move text further to the left.

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Increase Indent

Increases the indent of a paragraph. To increase the indent of a paragraph, click on the "Increase Indent" icon. Each consecutive click will move text further to the right.

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Block quote

Block quote is a block-level element that can be used to set-off quotations or to cite material.


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Superscript

Formats the selected text as superscript text.

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Subscript

Formats the selected text as subscript text.


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Align Left

Aligns the selected text, such as a paragraph or heading, to the left margin.

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Align Center

Aligns the selected text, such as a paragraph or heading, in the center between the left and right margins.

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Align Right

Aligns the selected text, such as a paragraph or heading, to the right margin.


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Insert/Edit Link

Creates a hyperlink.
Guide to creating links

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Remove Link

Removes a hyperlink.
Guide to creating links

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Insert/Edit Mailto Link

Inserts a hyperlink to an email address.
Guide to creating links

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Insert/Edit Anchor

Inserts an anchor.
Guide to creating anchors


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Help

Displays a window with references for all icons in the toolbar.

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Paragraph

Lists the block-level styles that can be applied to a selected paragraph, including headings. To apply a style from the Paragraph drop-down menu, click the within the selected text and select the style from the drop-down.
Guide to Formatting & Styles

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Styles

Lists the custom classes that can be applied to a selected paragraph, including headings. To apply a style from the Paragraph drop-down menu, highlight the selected text and select the style from the drop-down. NOTE: classes on the "Styles" drop-down menu are toggle-based.
Guide to Formatting & Styles


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Insert/Edit Image

Allows users to insert or edit an image on a page.
Guide to Inserting Images
Guide to Editing Images

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Insert/Edit Video

Allows users to insert a video on a page by pasting a link from a video hosting site such as YouTube or Vimeo.

Note: Do not upload videos to OU Campus.


Insert Horizontal Line

Adds a horizontal line to the page.

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Insert Line Break

Inserts a line break into the text. This pushes text directly to the next line without separating the text.

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Insert Special Character

Inserts a special character into the text, such as the copyright symbol or registered trademark symbol.


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Edit Source Code

Allows users to view and edit the HTML code for the section.


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Insert Snippet

Allows users to insert snippets into the editable section on the page.
Guide to Snippets

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Insert Asset

Allows users to insert assets into the editable section on the page.
Guide to Assets


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Table Drop-Down Menu

Allows users to insert and edit tables. This button will bring up a drop-down menu where all table properties are found, from inserting a new table to merging cells and editing properties.
Guide to Tables


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Maximize Content Region

Expands the editable region to fill the width of the frame window.

Learn how to add and edit images

 

Images & How to Use Them