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LibGuides for Guide Authors: Getting Started (OLD)

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1. Text Boxes

Everything -- well, nearly everything -- you need to get started with LibGuides and publish your guides

About Text Boxes

Text boxes -- or, more accurately -- Rich Text/Dynamic Content/Scripts boxes -- are the most basic and most flexible type of content box in LibGuides.

Using the WYSIWIG (What You See Is What You Get) Rich-Text Editor -- see the box at right -- text can be highlighted and formatted in many ways.

The Plain-Text Editor tab in the editor makes it possible to edit the HTML code, as well.

Copying & Pasting

When you copy and paste text from another source, you may bring with the text some formatting code that does strange things when you try to edit the text.

If the text is from a Microsoft Word file, choose the "Paste from Word" icon(   ) in the rich text editor: that button will strip out extraneous code.

If the text is from another web page, you may want to copy it first into notepad (pc) or text editor (mac), which will remove most formatting codes.

If you are pasting an image, don't! First save the image to your hard-drive, and then use the "Insert/Edit Image" icon () in the rich text editor to upload the file.

The Text Box Rich Text Editor

Icons (shown here) at the top of the Rich-Text Editor make it possible to format text in a text box in many ways. Text can be made bold, italic, underlined, centered, bulleted, or numbered. Font styles, sizes, and colors can be changed. Links can be added.

Text boxes also make it possible to add images and tables. (See the Add Images tab for more using on images.)

Advanced users can add search forms and other functions by adding scripts to Rich Text/Dynamic Content/Scripts boxes.

Adding Text to Non-Text Boxes

Every kind of box in LibGuides allows you to include text at the top of the box, using the same Rich-Text Editor as the text box.

Simply click where it says add text to access the editor. Text can only be entered at the top of non-text boxes.

The text you're reading now, for example, is at the top of a Simple Web Links box.  (The links below go to other pages with examples of text in non-text boxes.)