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Upload, position & resize

To follow these instructions, edit your Profile to enable the TinyMCE editor. Tiny is a very good editor you may be happy to stick with - if you can accommodate its two main drawbacks compared to Atto: Tiny won't autosave and you can't easily do equations.

 

How to upload and place images in topics, then resize them and change their layout on the page. Also where to find image editor applications.

As Alice (in Wonderland) wisely observed "What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?". We recommend you use images wherever you can in Moodle (we will add the conversations another time…) to make your online material more visually engaging.

 

  1. Compress your images first so they don't slow down the page load.

  2. Turn editing on and edit the type of page element (Topic summary, label, page etc) where you will get a text editor.

  3. Decide where you want to place your image (roughly) and click on the Insert/edit image icon in the toolbar; the Insert/edit Image window appears.

  4. Click on Find or upload an image...
  5. The File picker appears.
  6. Use this to select a file, the image should now be displayed.
  7. Add an Image description (this is to make it accessible to visually impaired users, so making the description meaningful)
  8. To resize your image click on it and eight little boxes (handles) appear round the edge. Use the corner handles to resize the image, not the side ones which will only distort your image.
  9. Click Insert to add your image
  10. There are some other options on the Insert/edit Image window so select your image and click on the picture icon again.
  11. The Appearance tab lets you change alignment and add some white space around the image - Vertical and Horizontal, described in pixels – try 5 or 10
  12. The Advanced tab allows images that change when you 'mouse over', something to try later!
  13. Click on Update then Save Changes in the Editor

Include a banner image which actually fits the page

Banners help to make pages distinctive, orientate students in Moodle spaces which can look fairly samey, and set scenes or moods. Below are instructions for a horizontal image across the top of a section which reaches to the edge of the section, resizes with the window, and doesn't have an ugly scrollbar:

For this, you need to go into your Moodle profile and enable the TinyMCE editor (it's a great text editor - many extra functions for tables, for example - but not currently our default in Moodle)

OR

if you feel comfortable modifying the HTML code directly, switch into HTML view using the <> button and add the style code in bold below to the style tag of the banner image, removing any other styles already in this tag.

First find an image. Solvonauts, Flickr Creative Commons search and Wikimedia Commons are good places to look.

The image you find may need to be cropped - its dimensions should be wide (>1600px) and shallow (e.g. 300px) because if it's much narrower it may not reach to the edges of some screens. In terms of file size aim for under 100Kb, ideally around 40Kb - every extra kilobyte contributes to page load times and this can make a difference on slow connections.

Next choose the place to insert the image. The top of a Section, or a Label, often work well.

  1. Insert your wide, shallow image according to steps 1-9 on the instructions above - or if you already have an image in place then:
  2. Then to add the extra setting, put the section or label containing the image into edit mode, then to edit the actual image, select that image and in the editor's toolbar click on the Image button; its settings display.
  3. Click on the Appearance tab.
  4. Into the Style field, type: max-width:100%; height:auto; - then save the settings. 

 

 

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