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Everything you need to know about Enonic's rich text editor

Morten Eriksen on

The rich text editor in Enonic XP features a wide range of functionality, allowing you to focus on the stuff that matters: excellent content.

A rich text editor saves your content editors time by not having to write in cumbersome HTML codes, and it can contribute to keep your website, apps, and other digital experiences brand compliant.

The Content Studio in Enonic XP includes a rich text editor, and here are some of the most important features.

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The usual suspects

As you have come to expect from any word processing tool, you get to choose paragraph format, bold, italics, underline, text alignment, ordered and unordered lists, indents, links, tables, anchors, images, and more in Enonic’s rich text editor.

Enonic rich text editor

Drag and drop images

You can of course insert images in the rich text editor field, but a handy and time-saving feature in Enonic is the ability to drag and drop images directly into and around the text editor. If you want to upload an image from your computer, just choose "Image," then drag and drop it at your location of choice. Easy peasy.

Enonic rich text editor image handling

Also, while we’re at image handling: You can easily double-click your inserted image to edit the alt text. This can come in handy for both SEO and accessibility purposes—boosting your website ranking.

Enonic rich text editor image alt-text

Learn more: How Enonic simplifies your everyday image problems »

Perform magic with macros

In Enonic it is possible to set up macros—little programming instructions—for just about anything. In the case of a rich text editor, your developers can for instance set up the possibility to add videos, social media, blockquotes, or any other functionality you as a web editor wish for through macros.

Enonic rich text editor macro

Learn more: How to work with videos in Enonic XP »

The nitty gritty details

If you want to know more technical details about Enonic’s rich text editor, or at least send your developers in the right direction, you can visit our documentation and read about:

These informative articles should keep you busy at the nonce and explain everything you or your developer need to know to get started. Any interested developer would also like to know that the rich text editor is CKEditor.

As a further note in the technical realm, you can assign certain roles in Enonic that are allowed to edit the source code in the rich text editor instead of the visual text—something that might come in handy if you want to keep as much control as possible. The rich text editor can also be configured and customised exactly as you want, omitting certain features and adding others.

See also: 12 ways Enonic can help you save time on daily tasks »

Bonus: Shortcuts

Enonic values effectivity, which is why we have included a bunch of nifty shortcuts for you in the rich text editor. If you are shortcut-savvy from Windows or Mac OSX, you will find some very familiar shortcuts in our rich text editor. See the full keyboard shortcut list in our documentation.

Also, to mention a final goodie: Images and links added to the editor will not break if the structure is changed or they are renamed, as they are based on IDs and not the location or the filename.

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The rich text editor in Enonic is not a revolution, but that’s not the point. The point is that it should enable you to work fast and efficient, with as little friction and irritation as possible. With the familiar layout, drag and drop functionality, macro magic, and straight-to-the-point shortcuts, Enonic’s rich text editor is yours to command.

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Enonic XP
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