New Look for the Content Editor in Blackboard Learn

An upgrade to Blackboard Learn (summer 2021), brings an updated look to the content editing toolbar. You will see this anywhere you edit content in Blackboard: Announcements, Discussions, Assignment Instructions, Test Questions, etc. Students will also see this new toolbar.

The new toolbar has bigger icons with better spacing. Some of the icons have changed. If you are unsure of what the icon means hover your mouse over it to see the title. Here are some of the changes:

  1. Use the ellipses button (More…) to show or hide extra editing tools.
  2. New to the editor is an Accessibility Checker.
  3. Adding photos, files, or Mashups to the content area is now done using the “Add Content” button.

A screenshot of the new content editor and toolbar highlighting the “More…”, “Accessibility Checker”, and “Add content” buttons

Here is a table showing some tool icons that have changed in the new editor.


Tool Old Icon New Icon
Clear Formatting Remove Formatting Clear formatting
Add File, Image, or Video Insert File, Insert Image, Insert Media Add content
Add Mashups Insert Mashup Add content
Add YouTube video Browse My YouTube Videos Add content
Math Equation Luanch Math Editor Inset a math equation MathType
Anchor Anchor Anchor
Accessibility Checker Not available in the old editor accessibility checker
HTML editor / Source code HTML editor source code

For more details on the toolbar please see Blackboard’s Create Course Materials documentation or contact FDIS.