The question type Essay is a text editor that is often used for questions that require longer text responses. In addition to text, you can insert bullet points, tables, formulas and drawings in your answer.
The essay question has a toolbar with functionalities such as:
Full screen editor
Press the Expand button to expand the text editor into full screen. This will give you a bigger picture to work with. The text editor will then fill the most of your screen, and the question text will no longer be visible. To see the question text again, press the Expand button again to return to normal view.
When in full screen mode, the toolbar will always be at the top of the screen, no matter the length of your text.
Temporary Backup Snapshots
With Temporary Backup Snapshots, you can revert to an earlier version of Essay-questions. The backups are created as long as you are inside and type in the same question. A new temporary backup is taken every 15 minutes, and are stored in the browser's memory. This means:
- That it works both online and offline.
- You can navigate between questions without resetting the backups.
- The backups, which are temporarily stored, are only available while in the same session. When logging out, the list of temporary backups is cleared.
If you restore an earlier version, your current version will be saved, so that you optionally can return to it later.
By pressing the Edit formula button, you can insert formulas into the Essay question. Note that there are two tabs in the formula editor:
Press "Done" to insert the formula into your answer.
When you press the Table button, the "Table Properties" window opens:
1) Here you can select the number of rows and columns.
2) Insert headings in the table. Headings can be inserted in the first row, first column or both.
3) Determine the thickness of the frame in pixels. If you set the value to 0, the dashes will not appear.
4) Write a caption for the table. The caption will appear above the table.
5) Specify the width of the table. Entering a number in the text box sets the width in pixels. You can also use units such as %, in, cm, mm, em, ex, pt or pc.
The table can be changed after it is created by right-clicking on the table. You will then get an action menu where you can edit the entire table, insert multiple rows and columns, and edit at the cell level. You may want to put cell size under Cell Properties so that you have full control of your table.
In Essay, there are two types of spell checks available:
1. Spell check as you type (SCAYT)
This spell checker underlines misspelled words as you type, and allows you to correct directly by right-clicking on the selected words.
SCAYT can be activated by clicking on the icon in the tool menu and selecting "EnableSCAYT". If the spell checker is already enabled, you will get the option "Disable SCAYT" instead.
The SCAYT language can be set by selecting "Languages" after clicking the spell check icon.
2. Spell Checker dialog box
This is a separate dialog box that goes through the entire text and provides options for marked words.
The dialog box is used in this way:
1. Select "Check Spelling" after clicking the spell check icon in the tool menu.
2. Words that need to be checked appear underlined in the spell check window. Suggested changes are appearing at the bottom. The word for which proposed changes are displayed appears in red and underlined in the text.
3. Select a change and press "Change to". If you do not want to change, click "Ignore word".
4. When you are finished, press "Finish Checking".
The text editor lets you keep track of how many words you have written. Word count appears in the right bottom corner.
Maximum number of words
In some cases, you may be asked not to type more than a certain number of words. The restriction then appears as <number of words written>/<maximum allowed words>. Example - Words: 66/200.
In the example, the limit is set to 200 words, and you have typed 66.
When the maximum limit is reached, the indicator turns red, and you are not allowed to type more words. Example - Words: 200/200.
Draw freehand drawings in Essay questions using you mouse. If you have a touch screen, you can use the stylus or your finger.
1) In the drawing tool you can draw with freehand, create different shapes, use eraser and insert text.
2) Choose thickness. Here you can choose the thickness of the pencil or/and the frames on a figure.
3) Set colors:
- Stroke: Color of the frame around shapes.
- Fill: Fill color of shapes.
- Bg: Background colors on the canvas.
To insert the drawing into the text box, press "Save and close".
You can continue to draw, or edit your drawing, by clikcing the drawing and then the drawing icon.