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New Rich Content Editor Guide

The Rich Content Editor (RCE) is the tool in Canvas that allows you to format text, add images, attach files, link to websites, embed media, etc. when creating announcements, assignments, discussions, pages, quizzes and questions. Canvas has redesigned the RCE to offer an improved user experience, and all courses will be automatically upgraded to the new RCE May 16th, 2020.
Notable Changes
Canvas RCE FAQs & Guides
Live RCE Support

Tour the new RCE

The toolbar now expands to the full width of the browser and can collapse for a more intuitive look and feel. Icons and interactions are grouped by common menus, and the content area is generally larger. 
new rce

[1] The content area, where you can add and preview content; [2] In the toolbar, you can format text or paragraphs; [3] insert links, images, media, and documents; [4] clear formatting; [5] add tables; [6] insert an equation; [7] open external tools.


Notable changes with the redesigned RCE

Collapsible menu

If the browser isn’t expanded to fit the full width of the toolbar, the toolbar displays an "Options" menu that includes the remaining toolbar items.

collapsed toolbar

Add Course Links, Files, Images
The tabs that appeared on the right hand side of the RCE have moved and are now icons on the redesigned RCE toolbar.upload file or media or link process in toolbar

Add external tools
Course tools like Panopto, ShareStream, Lau Library Guides, etc. that appeared as icons or under the blue down arrow on the toolbar have moved to the “Plug” icon at the top right of the redesigned RCE toolbar.
add external tools use plug-in icon

Accessibility Checker and HTML/Text Editor
These buttons that appeared as icons on the toolbar have moved to the bottom right of the redesigned RCE toolbar.
accessibility and html buttons at bottom of toolbar

Canvas RCE FAQs & Guides

How do I use the toolbar in the New Rich Content Editor as an instructor?
How do I add and modify text in the New Rich Content Editor as an instructor?
How do I upload a document in the New Rich Content Editor as an instructor?
How do I upload and embed an image in the New Rich Content Editor as an instructor?
How do I embed course and user documents in the New Rich Content Editor?
How do I record media using the New Rich Content Editor as an instructor?
How do I create hyperlinks to course files in the New Rich Content Editor as an instructor?
How do I create hyperlinks to course content in the New Rich Content Editor as an instructor?
How do I create hyperlinks to external URLs in the New Rich Content Editor as an instructor?
How do I edit and remove hyperlinks in the New Rich Content Editor as an instructor?
How do I use the HTML view in the New Rich Content Editor as an instructor?