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Moodle editor – Auto-format

The text editor is available in many areas of Moodle and is set to the default Atto editor.

Formatting text options

The Text editor is available for all text areas in Moodle and the format is automatically set to HTML format (Atto being the default editor).

However, if the setting ‘Editor preferences’ from the user menu top right > Preferences is set to ‘Plain text area’, then various format options are available in a dropdown menu below the text area.


Moodle auto-format

This format is best for when you are using normal web forms for entry (instead of using the text editor). Just type text normally, as if you were sending an email.

When you save your text, Moodle will do a number of things to automatically format your text for you.

As for HTML format, websites will automatically be turned into a clickable link (assuming the Convert URLs into links filter is enabled by an administrator).

Smiley characters such as 🙂 will automatically become their graphical equivalents (assuming the Display emoticons as images filter is enabled by an administrator).


Your line breaks will be retained, and blank lines will start new paragraphs.

You can even embed HTML code if you want to and it will be retained.

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Stuart Mealor

Stuart is interested in all things e-learning, with specific interests in Moodle, e-learning strategy, and business development. His experience in education over 30 years, MBA in International Business, and knowledge of e-learning systems implementation, together with graphic design background, give him a unique skill set for e-learning projects.

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