Copy and Paste Issues and Workarounds
The end result of copying and pasting to Blackboard's text message box looks like a combination of mixed letters with special characters. In other words, the format has altered.
For example, copying from Microsoft Word and then pasting into Blackboard does not always maintain the intended formatting. Once submitted, you may notice that your post erroneously displays special characters, or has spacing and paragraph alignment issues. This is due to the limitations of the Text Editor within Blackboard.
- Ensure you are on the latest version of your browser
- Use keyboard shortcuts rather than right-clicking or menu-based copy/paste
- Windows devices: CTRL+C for copy, and CTRL+V for paste.
- Apple devices: Command+C for copy, and Command+V for paste.
- If it still doesn’t work, try pasting first to an intermediate plain text program like NotePad (PC) or TextEdit (Mac), then copying-and-pasting from there (and reformatting as needed).
- If that still doesn’t work, in the Blackboard editor, switch to HTML mode, then paste text, then exit HTML mode and reformat as needed.
- And if that doesn't work, highlight the text you want to copy in your Word file, then copy it (CTRL + C). Go to Blackboard, then to the place you wish to paste your text, place your cursor in the box and paste (CTRL + V). Once your document is in the text editor space, highlight everything by pressing (CTRL + A) to select all, then use the “Remove Formatting” icon located on the right side of the top edit row.