How do I use the HTML view in the New Rich Content Editor as an instructor?

Document created by Canvas Doc Team Employee on Apr 6, 2020Last modified by Cody Titmus on Jul 18, 2020
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You can embed HTML in the New Rich Content Editor. When creating custom HTML coding in Canvas, you may discover that certain HTML codes do not work upon saving. This is because Canvas will only support certain HTML elements for security reasons. This also applies to content copied and pasted from an external source. Below is a link to a list of HTML tags that are permissible in Canvas. HTML tags that are not on this list may be stripped out of the New Rich Content Editor when you save your work. View the Canvas HTML Editor Allowlist PDF for more information.

Several features in Canvas support the New Rich Content Editor, including Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, and Syllabus.

Note: The New Rich Content Editor is currently a course opt-in feature. You can manage your course features in Course Settings.

Open New Rich Content Editor

Open the New Rich Content Editor when creating or editing an announcement, assignment, discussion, page, quiz, or syllabus.

Open HTML Editor

Click the Switch to raw html editor icon.

Note: When in HTML view, you can click the same icon to return to the New Rich Content Editor.

Enter Content

Enter Content

Enter your HTML content.

Save Changes

Save Changes

Click the Save button.


  • The assignment, discussion, pages, and quizzes details pages display a Save & Publish button.
  • The Syllabus page displays an Update Syllabus button.
  • Discussion replies display a Post Reply button.
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