Instructions for Common Content Tasks: Configuring Body Text

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For most content types, the Body field will be represented by a large text box. In this field, you’ll type all the content that you want to appear in the main body of your page. You can also add links and images to the Body field. The Body field comes equipped with a large toolbar full of formatting options.

Drupal Body Text

Many of these formatting options will look and behave the same as they would in your word processing software. However, there are a couple of buttons here that are less obvious but very useful:

  • Source– Click the Source button to switch between viewing your formatted text and viewing the HTML code behind it. When you are in the Source view, you can edit the HTML code directly. NOTE: If you enter HTML code when you are not in the Source view, the code will simply display as plain text on the finished page.
  • Drupal Paste from Word– The Paste From Word button is very useful if you prefer to type up your content in a Word document before adding it to your website. Click this button and a dialog box will open and prompt you to paste in your content from Word. Unlike copying and pasting directly, this window will preserve some basic formatting from your Word document and translate it into HTML formatting.
  • Drupal Add Anchor– Place your cursor in the Body field and then click the Add Anchor button to create a bookmark there. Type in a descriptive name for the anchor so you can easily identify it later. Once you’ve added anchors to your content, you can create links to those anchors from other places on your website, directing the viewer to that exact point on the page. This is useful when, for example, you have a page with lots of text and you want to add a table of contents that links to each section.

Once you have a familiarity with these few functions handling content creation within the Body field of your Drupal system will be a simple process. 

For more how-to guides on Drupal tasks, check out the other posts in our blog series, Instructions for Common Content Tasks