The Rich Text editor is a word processor that allows you to add text and edit text within your lab notebook. With a Rich text entry you can add and edit text but you can also add links, tables, images, videos, math equations, and iFrames.
Note: On smaller screens, you may need to click the “More Text,” “More Paragraph,” options to see other tools available.
Setting a Default Font Family, Size, and Line Height
The Notebook Owner or Administrator can set defaults for rich text entries. They can set a default Font Family, Font size, and Line height. The selected Font Family, Font size, and Line height will be reflected in every new rich text entry. If you have existing notebooks, your selected defaults go into effect for brand new entries. For more information on these settings, please see Notebook Settings.
Text Formatting Tools
By default text will be displayed in Arial Size 16 font. With the dropdown lists, you can adjust the font style, paragraph format, and font size.
These tools are used to Bold, Italicize or Underline text. You can also use CTRL+B to bold, CTRL+I to italicize, CTRL+U to underline text.
These tools are used to strike through text, subscript, or superscript text. These options may be under the “More Text” option. You can also strike through text by using Ctrl+S.
These tools are used to change the color or background of the text. You can select from the default options, or input a HEX color. To select the default color, click the trashcan icon.
Paragraph Formatting Tools
By default text will be aligned to the left. You can select these tools to align text to the center, left or justified.
These tools can be used to create a numbered or bulleted list. Click the dropdown list to select.
By default, text will be at a 1.15 text spacing. You can adjust the line to single, double, or 1.5 height. You can also use Ctrl+Enter to create a single space.
These tools can be used to increase or decrease indent. You can also use Ctrl+] and Ctrl+[
This tool can be used to create a blockquote. You can also use Ctrl+'
These tools can be used to undo or redo something. You can also use Ctrl+Z and Ctrl+Shift+Z. Once the entry has been saved to LabArchives, you can use the revisions history. To learn more about the revisions history, click here.
You can add special characters or emoji to your rich text entry by using these tools.
The last group of tools on the toolbar are used to print a certain entry, select the text in a entry, or to find more information. The Code View option will display the html for this entry.
Creating Links with a Rich text entry
To create a link, select the Link tool, paste in your link, and click “Insert.” To learn more about links see here.
Embed images in a rich text entry
You can upload images to a rich text entry. To learn more about adding an image, click Here.
You can also upload attachments to LabArchives. To learn more about attachments in LabArchives, Click Here.
Embed videos in a rich text entry
Insert Tables in a rich text entry
You can add tables to a rich text entry by selecting the table tool then select the size of the table. You can also upload office documents to LabArchives to learn more about editing office documents in LabArchives, Click Here.
To edit the formatting for a table or change the number of rows, or columns, click on a cell in the table.
Insert Math Equations in a Rich Text Entry
You can add equations to a rich text entry by selecting the Insert Math tool then type in your formula. The formulas are written in TeX and you can read more about TeX here (https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Mathematics). To add the equation, click “Insert” and to edit an existing equation, click on the equation, and select the pencil icon. You can also add equations to LabArchives using the mathematical equation entry type to learn more about working with equations in LabArchives, Click Here.
Insert an iFrame in a Rich Text Entry
An iFrame can be used to view another webpage from within a rich text entry. This might be used to display a google doc, video or website within your LabArchives page. To insert an iFrame, Click the Insert iFrame tool, input the size for the iFrame, and click “Insert.” You can also iFrame’s with Widgets.
Note: Make sure that anyone with access to this entry has access to this URL or website. If you the link is to an unshared document or private intranet page, others may have trouble viewing that information. Keep in mind, links to some websites can change or disappear. To learn more about linking to data, Click Here.
Saving your Rich Text Entry
After you finish editing your Rich Text Entry, you can save your entry by clicking on the button. Alternatively, you can also save your entry by holding SHIFT and pressing TAB+TAB+ENTER. When you save your Rich Text Entry, a timestamp will appear in the top right corner of the entry. Click Here to learn more about Timestamps in LabArchives.