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What is the Rich Content Editor?

What is the Rich Content Editor?

The Rich Content Editor will be discontinued in a future release. Instructors can enable the New Rich Content Editor feature in course feature options.

Canvas has a simple, yet powerful, content editor that is available anytime for creating new content. The Rich Content Editor is used in features that support the editor (Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, or Syllabus).

Although clean and streamlined, the Rich Content Editor is sophisticated enough to support embedding any video content, math formula, and other rich media.

View a video about the Rich Content Editor.

Note: Configured External (LTI) Tools may create additional buttons in the Rich Content Editor.

View Rich Content Editor

The Rich Content Editor includes the content area and the content selector.

Anything that can be viewed in a web browser can be inserted into the Rich Content Editor content area [1]. Content can also input HTML directly into Canvas using the HTML Editor link [2].

Users can also easily link to course content using the Content Selector [3], which is displayed in the sidebar any time the Rich Content Editor is open. Depending on the feature area being viewed (course or group), users may be able to link to existing files, images, or links, and upload new files and images.

What Canvas Features Use the Rich Content Editor?

The following Canvas features use the Rich Content Editor:

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

Open Keyboard Shortcuts

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

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


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