Canvas has an integrated tool for math and science formulas based on LaTeX, the industry standard for academic publication. The LaTeX Math Editor is built into the Rich Content Editor. The Rich Content Editor is used in features that support the editor (Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, or Syllabus). Canvas also includes the option to create equations and expressions with its graphical point-and-click editor.

The Math Editor can be used for basic mathematical formatting for introductory math courses or for more advanced mathematical text for higher-level math courses. Both students and instructors have access to the editor.

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**Note**: To have characters #, $, %, &, ^, _, {, and } appear in the Rich Content Editor, when your equation is inserted, you must use Advanced View and type a backslash (\) before the character. The ~ character can be inserted through Advanced View by typing \~~. The $ character can be inserted through Basic View by typing \$$.

## Open Rich Content Editor

Open the Rich Content Editor using one of the Canvas features which support the Editor.

## Open Math Editor

Click the **Equation** icon to open the Math Editor. A pop-up window will appear in your browser.

## Create Basic Math Equation

Use the Math Editor toolbar [1] to insert a equation in the equation field [2].

**Note**: You can click **Switch View to Advanced** to type or copy and paste in LaTeX [3]. In Advanced View, do not use

"\begin

Unknown macro: {equation}

\end"

to avoid receiving an error.

## Save Changes

Click the **Save** button to save any changes to the post made in the Rich Content Editor.

**Note**: When using the Rich Content Editor in Assignments, Discussions, Pages, and Quizzes, you have the option to Save & Publish. When using the Rich Content Editor in the Syllabus and Discussions pages, the Save button may appear as “Update Syllabus” or “Post Reply”.

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