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Images inside of the column of a cell in the Virtual Text Box Editor do not Keep their Original Size

The Virtual Text Box Editor is integrated into Blackboard and allows you to add multiple types of content to the editor. You can add things such as pictures, videos, mp4 files, create tables and more. We recently discovered that when you create a table and insert an image inside one of the columns the image does not keep its original size.

Steps to Replicate

1) Access a content area where you can add text/content via the Virtual Text Box Editor.

You can access a Virtual Text Box Editor through one of the following: Discussion Board, Journal, Assignment, Blog, Send Email, etc.

2) Click on the “Insert/Edit Table” icon.

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Image 1: By clicking on the “Insert/Edit Table” icon you will be able to create a table.

3) The “Insert/Edit Table” window will open. Click on “Insert” to insert a new table with 2 columns and 2 rows.

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Image 2: The default values when creating a table is of 2 columns and 2 rows, so no change will be needed. 

4) Insert an Image inside the first cell to the left of the table.

Image 3: You have to click inside the first cell so that the image is inserted inside the cell.

A. Click inside the first cell of the table.

B. Click on the “Insert/Edit Image” icon to insert an image inside the first cell of the table.

5) Write text inside the second cell to the right of the image.

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Image 4: When you type text in the cell to the right of the image you will notice that the image reduces in size with the more text that you type.

Workaround

You will have to manually change the properties of the cell containing the image by changing the size.

1) Change the cell properties of the cell containing the image.

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Image 5: You have to right click on the cell containing the image in order to get the drop down menu displayed in the image above.

A. Right click on the cell containing the image.

B. Hover your cursor over “cell” and select “Table Cell Properties”.

2) Change the “Width” and “Height” of the cell to match the image’s original size.

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Image 6: You will have to know the image’s original size and enter it in the “Width” and “Height” cells.
Updated on November 20, 2016

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