To insert media on a page, go to the page where the media should be added. There are a number of ways to navigate to a page:

• Select page from Pages tab (Dashboard)
• Select page from Menu (Back to Book, top left)
• Select a recent page from Recent in the Compass (Back to Book, top left)

Need a refresher on where to find the options listed above? Visit Navigating to a Specific Page from the Create and Edit Pages chapter.

On the page, select the Edit (pencil) icon.

Media objects can be inserted into an edit box two ways:

Two methods of adding media: Inline or as a link


1. Insert media within the text 

Inserting media inline is similar to the way you would insert an image into a word document. It is a static way of adding a media object onto the page. Within the text, paste the title of the media object in the location where you would like to insert the the media. The text will go around the media object. Highlight the title, then select the ‘Insert Inline Scalar Media Link’ icon. Select the media from the list in the pop up window. Once an image is selected, a Media formatting options box appears. This box provides options to format the size, position, alignment and caption of a media file.

Example of a large, right aligned image positioned between text, with no wrapping:

Small (200 pixels wide)
Medium (400 pixels wide)
Large (600 pixels wide)
Native (original width, file must be less than 2 MB)
Full (full width of the content area in Scalar)

Example of a medium, right aligned image with wrapped text:

  2. Insert media (as a reference) beside text

Inserting media as a reference gives more flexibility. This way, the image is essentially anchored to a word instead of being inserted as a character. To place media next to the text, highlight the text within the text editor that the media file will reference, then select the Insert Scalar Media link icon. In the Media formatting options box, select the media size, caption, and if the media should be right or left aligned to the text.

Media that is inserted on a page displays a visual reference of the media object, the title, and description (if assigned). Position the cursor on the media image to view additional information about the media object:
Details lists associated metadata (the archival context)
Citations provides a new view of the media, and a list of where the media has been referenced throughout the project (the use context)
Source displays the original source URL of the media object


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