Inline Grading (Faculty)

Bb Annotate

From either the Needs Grading page or the Grade Center within the course, access the student’s submission to provide inline grading feedback using Bb Annotate.   

Supported File Types 

On the Grade Assignment page, supported file types open automatically in the browser. 

You can view and annotate these document types in the browser: 

  • Microsoft® Word (DOC, DOCX) 

  • Microsoft® PowerPoint®(PPT, PPTX) 

  • Microsoft® Excel®(XLS, XLSM, XLSX) 

  • OpenOffice® Documents (ODS, ODT, ODP) 

  • Digital Images (JPEG, JPG, PNG, TIF, TIFF, BMP, TGA) 

  • Medical Images (DICOM, DICM, DCM) 

  • PDF 

  • PSD 

  • RTF 

  • TXT 

  • WPD 

Original formatting and embedded images are preserved. If a student has uploaded an unsupported file, you're prompted to download it.  Additionally, assignment submissions created through the editor aren’t compatible with inline grading.  

Supported Browsers 

Bb Annotate is supported on current versions of Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. 


Bb Annotate Menu: Document view settings 


1) Sidebar: This icon expands to show several viewing options; View thumbnail, Outline, Annotation, or Bookmark views of the submission.

2) Pages: Use the arrows to move between different pages in the submission.

3) Pan: Move the submission on the page.

4) Zoom and Fit: Zoom in and out of the submission or adjust the view to fit the page, fit the width, or select the best fit.


Bb Annotate Menu: Annotation tools


5) Annotation tools: This icon accesses the annotation tools including:

Drawing, Brush, Eraser; Draw freehand on the submission with various colors, thickness and opacity. Select the eraser to remove annotations. You can erase parts of a freehand drawing with the eraser or select the Delete icon to delete the whole drawing.

Image or Stamp; Choose a preloaded stamp or create your own customized stamp or image to pace on the submission.

Text; Add text directly to the submission. You can move, edit and change the text, font, size, alignment and color of the text.

Shapes; Choose Line, Arrow, Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, and Polyline. Each shape has its own settings to change the color, width, opacity and more.

6) Comment: Provide feedback in comments. Your comments appear in a panel next to the submission.

7) Print or Download: These icons allow for printing or downloading of the submission, respectively.

8) Search: Search the submission for specific text.

9) Content Library: This feature is not available to our Learn environment.

As part of the responsive design, the menu will appear differently based on the screen size.  On medium and small screens, the Document View settings will change to display the page number being viewed, and annotation tools will be visible under the View Annotation Tools icon.  On small screens, the Content Library will be hidden.



1) Highlight

2) Strikethrough

3) Underline

4) Squiggly Underline

5) Comment


Student View

After you have provided a grade, students can access the annotated files but won’t be able to add annotations in their submissions.


Additional Resources

Here is a link to a brief video explaining the tools within BB Annotate:

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