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

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

  • To have characters #, $, %, &, ^, _, {, and } appear in the New 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 \$$.
  • 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 New Rich Content Editor

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

Note: The Rich Content Editor supports keyboard shortcuts. To view the Keyboard Shortcuts menu, click the Keyboard icon or press ALT+F8 (PC keyboard) or ALT+FN+F8 (Mac keyboard).

Open Math Editor

Open Math Editor

To open the Math Editor, click the Insert Math Equation icon [1].

Note: To view the Insert Math Equation icon, you may need to click the Options icon [2].

Create Basic Math Equation

Create Basic Math Equation

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

Note: You can click the Switch View to Advanced link 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.

Insert Equation

Insert Equation

Click the Insert Equation button.

Add Text to Equations

Add Text to Equations

Add text around your equations in the New Rich Content Editor.

Save Changes

Save Changes

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

Notes:

  • 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.

View Content

View Content

View the mathematical formulas, chemical formulas, or equations you created.

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