Add & Edit Images


Adding New Images

To add new images, or edit existing ones, use the “Add Media” button at the top of a page’s edit screen.


The next screen allows you to drag & drop an image from your computer desktop, or search for a file on your computer to upload.


Important: be sure all images used are Creative Commons licensed, or are in the Public Domain, or are your personal images that you’re willing to share with Creative Commons licensing.


Once your desired image has been added, you can title the image, include a caption (optional), add Alt Text (for screen readers), and include a description if desired.

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  • The Alignment pull-down menu lets you left-align, center, or right-align the image with the surrounding text.
  • The Link To pull-down menu lets you determine how users access the image file.  (We recommend using media files, aka image imports, rather than linking to external urls).
  • Size lets you customize the pixel size in the book page.  The default “medium” is fine for most pictures.  For pictures with fine detail or text, select “large.”
  • For very large images, or text-heavy images, we recommend selecting the size “Thumbnail.”  That way a user can click on it to enlarge the full image.  See example below.
Example of a Thumbnail for a whole page

Click to Enlarge (this note added as a caption in the caption field)




Editing Existing Images

Have you placed an image, but aren’t quite happy with how it looks?  There are some shortcuts to editing it.

In the edit screen of a page, click your mouse on the image. A menu bar will appear over the image, as shown below.  The first four options allow you to quickly change the alignment of the image, in relation to the surrounding text.


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Clicking on the Pencil Icon will take you to a screen like this:

Edit Screen for Existing Image

…where you can alter the image to meet your needs.


Clicking the “X” button, to delete the image, removes the image from the page you’re editing.  However, it will still be available in your course’s Media Library, so you can include it again later on this page or any other, if you want.


To access your Media Library, click “Add Media” from the edit screen of any page.  Next to “Upload Files” is a tab called “Media Library” which will let you see all of the existing images in the course.

Media Library Display

When one image is selected, like the image of Warren Buffet in this example, information about that image appears on the right column.  From here, you can edit the image similarly to importing a new one.


Images, like other OER content, will need to be cited.  Read more about adding citations here: Adding Citations