Student Guide to Moodle

Updated and expanded guide to everything Moodle at SOU!

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Insert an Image

It's not hard to insert images in Moodle posts, but you do need to be careful about image size. Some important things to note about inserting images directly in Moodle textboxes such as forum posts, online text assignments, and glossaries:

  • Images must be saved as individual files in order to be inserted in Moodle.
  • Acceptable image file types are .jpg, .gif, and .png.
  • You cannot copy and paste or drag and drop an image into Moodle. You must use the Insert/edit image icon on the toolbar. (See the illustrations here and/or the guide linked below to learn how to customize your image.)
  • Images will display in their "native" (original) size, so be prepared to adjust them for best fit.
  • When resizing images, you need only change one of the two dimensions as long as the "Auto size" or "Constrain proportions" option is checked. Moodle will adjust the other dimension to fit without stretching or flattening your image.
  • If you have any trouble getting an image to appear where you want it to go with your text, try entering your text first, then inserting your cursor at the beginning of the paragraph where you want the image to be displayed and inserting the image at that point. Set the alignment for Right or Left and see what happens!
  • Large image files (1 MB and up) are slow to load and take up valuable storage space. Learn about resizing images or you can contact the Help Desk for assistance.

The illustration provided on the left below shows how to go about inserting an image if you are using the default "Atto" editor. Instructions for inserting an image in the "TinyMCE" editor are on the right. (Learn how to change your editor.) Read more about the entire image insertion process.

Screenshots of image optionsScreenshot of insert image interfaces