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D2L - Creating a File (HTML item) in D2L

Creating HTML files in D2L makes accessing information for the viewer easier, but formatting can often frustrate the creator. This is especially true when the original document is in MS Word. Use these tips for easier transfer from MS Word to HTML.

Tip 1: Create a HTML-friendly document in MS Word

When creating your MS Word document, keep the formatting as simple as possible.  It is best to stick with standard fonts.  The following formatting options usually transfer well:

  • Basic Formatting options (Bold, Italics, Underline)
  • Alignment  (Left, Center, Right, Justified)
  • Bullets
  • Numbering

You can always format the text after it has moved into D2L by using the options available on the advanced D2L toolbar

Tip 2: Use the Paste from Word Feature

The Paste from Word feature is the first tool in making your document "behave" better in the HTML format.  The use of this button will strip off as much background formatting that exists in MS Word as possible.

  1. Select the desired text from the MS Word document.
  2. Click the Paste from Word button.
    Content - Paste from Word
  3. The Paste from Word window will appear.  Use CTRL+V to paste your text into the window and click the Insert button.
  4. The text will appear in the content editor box.  
  5. Set any other desired options for the item.
  6. Click Save.

Tip 3: Use Tables

Certain formatting options that are available in MS Word simply don't exist in HTML.  The Tab is an excellent example of this.  When creating your Word document instead of using the Tab key, or columns, use a table to keep structured text in columns.  When a table is copied into D2L, it will retain its placement and structure.

If you need further assistance please contact the Information Technology Help Desk at 920-424-3020 or

Keywords:Desire2learn   Doc ID:54634
Owner:Michelle L.Group:UW Oshkosh
Created:2015-08-04 09:34 CDTUpdated:2015-12-15 13:21 CDT
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