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What is the New Rich Content Editor?

What is the New Rich Content Editor?

The New Rich Content Editor is an update to the previous Canvas Rich Content Editor. It provides a condensed, more intuitive toolbar that is grouped by common icons and interactions.

Admins can enable the New Rich Content Editor using the RCE Enhancements feature option. The feature option can be set to On, Allow, or Off. If set to On, the New Rich Content Editor will be enabled in all courses in the account. If set to Allow, teachers can manage the feature option from the course level. If set to Off, the Classic Rich Content Editor will be the only option available for all courses in the account.

In a future release, the Classic Rich Content Editor will be discontinued and the New Rich Content Editor will be enabled for all institutions.

View New Rich Content Editor

The New Rich Content Editor includes the content area and the toolbar.

In the content area, you can add and preview content that will be added to the page you are updating [1].

In the toolbar, you can format text or paragraphs [2]; insert links, images, media, and documents [3]; clear formatting [4]; add tables [5]; insert an equation [6]; or open external tools [7]. When content in a browser window is long enough to require a scroll bar, the toolbar is fixed at the top of the browser window.

Note: You can also access the toolbar tools from the keyboard-accessible menubar, which can be accessed using a keyboard shortcut.

What Canvas Features Use the New Rich Content Editor?

The following Canvas features use the New Rich Content Editor:

  • Announcements
  • Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Pages
  • Quizzes
  • Syllabus

Open Keyboard Shortcuts

Open Keyboard Shortcuts

Canvas users can use keyboard navigation in the New Rich Content Editor. To view the Keyboard Shortcuts menu, click the Keyboard icon or press the Shift+Question Mark keys simultaneously. You can also open the menu by pressing the Alt+F8 keys (PC keyboard) or Option+Fn+F8 keys (Mac keyboard) simultaneously.

View Keyboard Shortcuts Menu

View Keyboard Shortcuts Menu

The following shortcuts are supported in the Rich Content Editor:

  • To open the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog, press Alt+F8 (on a PC keyboard) or Option+Fn+F8 (on a Mac keyboard) simultaneously
  • To focus the element options toolbar, press Ctrl+F9 (on a PC keyboard) or Cmd+F9 (on a Mac keyboard) simultaneously
  • To open the editor's menu bar, press Alt+F9 (on a PC keyboard) or Option+Fn+F9 (on a Mac keyboard) simultaneously
  • To open the editor's toolbar, press Alt+F10 (on a PC keyboard) or Option+Fn+F10 (on a Mac keyboard) simultaneously
  • To close a menu or dialog and return to the editor area, press the Esc key
  • To navigate through a menu or toolbar, press the Tab key
  • You can also use other keyboard shortcuts
Version history
Revision #:
5 of 5
Last update:
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