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Working with an Etherpad

Working with an Etherpad


An Etherpad consists of the writing surface and a toolbar above it, which can be used to edit the collaboratively created text. The authors write their contributions using different colors. A chat allows direct exchange about what has been written.

Screenshot eines Etherpads



1. Full Screen Mode
2. Toolbar
3. Chat
4. Version History
5. Import File
6. Export Etherpad as PDF


1. Full Screen Mode

The button to the left of the etherpad title activates the full screen mode Screenshot Button für Vollbild-Modus.

2. Toolbar

The toolbar includes a set of tools to edit the collaboratively created text. Other tools show the change history, allow individual settings, enable sharing of the Etherpad or show the active authors. For some shaded areas, contextual information unfolds when clicked. Clicking the button again collapses it again.

  • Screenshot Button für Schriftauszeichnung "fett" Set text bold
  • Screenshot Button für Schriftstil "kursiv" Set text in italics
  • Screenshot Button für Schriftauszeichnung "unterstrichen" Set text underlined
  • Screenshot Button für Schriftauszeichnung "durchgestrichen" Set text crossed out (as a sign for discarded ideas)
  • Screenshot Button für nummerierte Liste Insert numbered list
  • Screenshot Button für unnummerierte Liste Insert unnumbered list
  • Screenshot Button für vergrößerten Einzug Enlarge indent
  • Screenshot Button für verringerten EInzug Reduce indent
  • Screenshot Button "Undo" Undo change
  • Screenshot Button "Redo" Redo change
  • Screensot Button "Autorfarben entfernen" Remove individual author colors from the text. ATTENTION: You will remove the author colors for good and for all users! To hide the author colors only in your individual view, please use the "Settings" button.
  • Screenshot Button "Tabelle einfügen" Insert table
  • Screenshot Button "Schriftformat" Select font style: Normal, Heading 1-4 or Code
  • Import/Export-Button Import text in HTML or plain text format from a file to Etherpad or export text of Etherpad in HTML or plain text formats
  • Screenshot Button "Timeslider" View change history of text in etherpad
  • Screenshot Button "Version speichern" Save version of the Etherpad. This allows you to explicitly save favorite versions. When calling up the version history, these versions are explicitly shown in the timeline and can thus be called up again.
  • Screenshot Button "Einstellungen" Select settings for your own individual view of the Etherpad:
    • Always show chat on screen
    • Show chat and users
    • Show/hide author colors
    • Show line numbers (default)/hide
    • Show content from right to left
    • Show author of text passage when hovering over text (default)
    • Select font type
    • Select language
  • Screenshot Button "Teilen" Share Etherpad via link or embed code (only works within the same learning space due to authentication requirement).
  • Screenshot Button "Anzahl aktiver Autor/innen" Shows all active authors of the etherpad and their individual text colors.

Clicking on the button to display the authors will open the list of authors.

Screenshot Liste der aktiven Autor/innen


3. Chat

In the bottom right corner of Etherpad there is a chat window. By default, it shows the number of unread posts: Screenshot Button "Unterhaltung"

When you click on the "Chat" button, the posts are displayed and you can write your own posts.

Screenshot beispielhafter Chatinhalt

By clicking on the "Settings" button in the toolbar, the chat window can be set to be displayed to the right of the Etherpad:

Screenshot mit permanent angezeigtem Chat


4. Version History

Etherpads automatically save all changes at regular intervals and display a detailed change history if required. The editing history can be called up at any time via the clock icon in the toolbar. Here the number of saved versions, the time of the last save and the names of the authors as well as their individual colors are displayed.

Screenshot Bearbeitungsverlauf

  • Screenshot Button "Änderungsverlauf abspielen" Playback of the editing process. Use the corresponding Pause icon to pause the playback.
  • Screenshot Button "Version zurückspringen" Jump back one version in the history.
  • Screenshot Button "Version vorspringen" Jump forward one version in the history.
  • Screenshot Sternsymbol für gespeicherte Version The orange star icons on the timeline indicate versions that have been explicitly saved as favorites using the star icon in the toolbar (see above).
  • Screenshot Lupensymbol für deatillierte Ansicht autorenbezogener Änderungen You can call up a detailed list of the individual machining operations via the magnifying glass icon. This allows you to precisely track who performed which step. This can be particularly helpful in the case of unwanted deletions.
  • Screenshot Button "Zurück zum Pad" Via the "Back to Pad" button you can return to the Etherpad and continue editing.

5. Import File

You can import existing text content into an Etherpad as HTML or plain text files.

  1. Click the button for importing or exporting files in the top right corner of Etherpad Screenshot Button "Import/Export".
  2. This opens the import/export dialog. Search here for the upload file on your computer via "Select file".

    Screenshot Import/Export-Dialog
  3. Start the import via "Import now". ATTENTION: With the import you overwrite all already existing contents of the current pad.

6. Export Etherpad as PDF

By default, you can export an Etherpad as HTML or as a text file. However, based on the HTML file you can very easily create a PDF version.

  1. In Etherpad click the button for importing or exporting files Screenshot Button "Import/Export".
  2. This opens the import/export dialog.

    Screenshot Import/Export-Dialog
  3. Export the Etherpad as an HTML file.
  4. The file is saved in the download folder.
  5. Open the Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  6. In the File tab, click Create > Create PDF from Web Page.
  7. Locate the saved HTML file in the download folder.
  8. Click Create and wait for the PDF to be created. Then you can save the PDF.


last changed on 02/11/2021

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