26 Interactive Exhibitbook Basics


In this walkthrough, we will discuss the basics of working in Pressbooks by creating a mock-up exhibition page. 

If you’d like to follow along with this activity using the sample image and text pictured below, you can do so by duplicating text and image from the original page materials replicated at the bottom of this chapter.

Create a chapter

STEP 1: To add a new Part or Chapter, start by clicking Text on the left side menu. This opens up the menu tray for your text.

Today, you’re going to want to add a new chapter. (Click the “Add New Chapter” button.)

Text Menu

STEP 2Give your chapter a name you will remember.

STEP 3Make sure you’ve placed your chapter in the correct part of your book. To do so, look to the upper right-hand section of your screen for the “Part” dropdown.

The "Part" dropdown for this book
This is the part dropdown for this OER Sourcebook text. Yours will look different depending on your book’s subsections


Part dropdown features every section in this book
Clicking on the dropdown will allow you to select the part that this chapter belongs in. (You can change this at any time.)

*Note: it’s ok if you save your chapter in the wrong place to start with. You can fix this by editing your chapter again or using the organization pane. For more details about the Organization Pane, click this link.


Add a table

STEP 1click the table icon:

the table icon is a square 3x3 grid in the menu

STEP 2choose a 2×1 table


STEP 3: Choose your border formatting.
Make sure the table you’ve just created is still “active.” (Click inside of your table.)
Click the table icon again and choose “table properties” > class = “no lines”

Create a footnote

You can make footnotes in two ways. One is by clicking the FN button in your visual editor. The other is by entering text between two bracketed footnotes segments:

 For example:
Inserting the shortcode "[ footnote ]" and "[ /footnote ]" in the editor 


Add media (images)

We will walk through how to incorporate images into Pressbooks in person during our session.
If you’ve not been able to make today’s training and would like to see a walkthrough on your own, this video contains an audio description of how to incorporate media into a text. (Scroll straight to minute 1:00).


This video describes:

  • how to upload audio files and visual media into Pressbooks
    • how to add a caption to an image
    • how to attach a media category tag to a media file
  • how to insert audio and images directly into a Pressbooks chapter



Final Outcome

(Excerpt from Creators, Collectors, and Communities)



  Spinning Wheel
Maker unknown, c.1840
Wood, metal
Little Norway Collection, Gift of Scott & Jennifer Winner
MHAHS 2014.050.0081

Spinning wheels were vital, if ordinary, objects that a family often brought from Norway to America. Spinning thread to make yarn was an important way that women contributed to family life during early immigrant days. Like the mangle board on display, these items were utilitarian. But by adding traditional Norwegian motifs and decorations, like the acanthus leaf carving seen here, another level of meaning is bestowed on these pieces that would become heirlooms for Norwegian-American families. Of unknown origin, this spinning wheel was acquired by Little Norway creator Isaak Dahle and displayed in the museum’s Norway Building for more than 80 years.[1]



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