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New RCE - pin the sidebar

New RCE - pin the sidebar

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This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

For more information, please read through the Canvas Deploy Notes (2020-11-18).


While I'm loving getting familiar with the new rich content editor my biggest annoyance is that the insert sidebar disappears every time I add a link or image. As a course designer this is greatly slowing down the way I build content in the RCE. It would be great if once the sidebar appears after you have chosen to insert a link or image that you could pin it open so if you are wanting to add multiple images or links then you can, instead of having to repeat the process every time. I'm finding this to be slowing down the content creation experience not enhancing it.

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jennifernichols
Community Participant

I love the multiple file upload idea! 

rogerss
Community Member

My campus just installed the new version and it is a killer. I have different datasets for different students. What use to take about 3 minutes to add links now takes 20 minutes.  The new interface is unacceptable.

It would be nice if we could toggle between the old and new interface. The best would be to have the ability to select multiple file links at once so that you can batch a group to add.

My workaround is to use the web editor and write code to import the files as the file numbers run sequentially. Not sure that many of the professors in here write code.

jmyers10
Community Member

At what point does this get adopted since it looks as if this has been an open vote for 7 months now.  I have the ability to upload multiple files with my other college's canvas but not with MSJCs.  This is extremely time consuming and rather irritating... one file/link/picture at a time thing.

Nancy_Webb_CCSF
Community Champion

Hi stefaniesanders and all, Canvas now recognizes images when you choose All as the location.  This gives you access to your entire folder structure, course and user files, and inserts an embedded image, not just a link.  They fixed it! 

It does require clicking All from the dropdown list before the folders appear, I think that adds one extra click, not too bad.  I am happy to be able to use the folder structure to find my images this way.

We still might like to have pinning available, but if your folders are well organized it makes it easier to find images in the new RCE.

Nancy_Webb_CCSF
Community Champion

 @peytoncraighill ‌ posted a blog on July 24 about planned improvements for the new RCE, and it's well worth a read. RCE Updates - Summer 2020.

They are paying attention to Ideas, and your Idea  @tina_busch ‌ is included in priority #3 under "The new editor is too clicky".  Take a look and see what you think.  All these improvements sound great. 

gnoack
Community Champion

I agree 100%.  Please bring back the Sidebar!

KOliveras
Community Participant

Completely agree as well.  Please let us at least "pin" the sidebar or at least select multiple items at the same time.  This is really slowing things down in terms of new course development.

fidalgok
Community Member

Great idea, would just like to add another comment in favor of it.

erinhmcmillan
Community Team
Community Team
Status changed to: On Beta
This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

For more information, please read through Canvas Deploy Notes (2020-11-18).

mtuten
Community Contributor

I've added a new psuedo-related idea that may interest you:

New Rich Content Editor: Access Folder View Tray via Button in Upload Interface 

Maeve_McCooey
Community Contributor

HI @erinhmcmillan@peytoncraighill , just a quick query as I imagine this is going to come up from colleagues  - has the ability to pin the sidebar been removed from BETA? I can't seem to see the pin option in BETA or any of our other environments 😕. Thank you in advance, Maeve.

cfleming
Community Member

+1. I have experienced that the image side bar flies away with the slightest of misclicks. 

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team
Status changed to: Completed
 
Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

@cfleming  Would you please report that behavior to Canvas Support using the support pathway provided by your organization? General instructions for contacting Support are in How do I get help with Canvas as an instructor? 

plna12
Community Member

@cfleming @Stefanie I have the same issue in the Sidebar but have no way to report the behavior to Canvas support because I'm a Free-for-Teacher user. 

But it's not the slightest of misclicks because we haven't misclicked anything!

Basically, if you highlight a field in order to begin replacing its contents (such as changing the width of an image from 900 pixels to 600 pixels, or replacing a URL) the sidebar flies away before you get a chance to type anything, let alone click "Done". It's incredibly frustrating. I have to meticulously highlight only partially (such as "90" instead of "900") in order to replace the contents of the field.

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

@plna12  I'm sorry to hear that you're experiencing difficulty with this. I attempted to recreate this by acting as you in one of your courses, but was not able to do so: highlighting words or a URL to change an external link brings up a modal that rests directly above the editor, and changing course links opens a flyout modal at the right that persists throughout the edit process, even when the user chooses to highlight a different portion of the text. 

cfleming
Community Member

Stefanie I experience the behavior that @plna12 describes if I "sloppy" drag to highlight text of the pixels field. Let me explain, if you carefully drag from left to right over the numbers "900" the flyout stays in place. However, if you were to be a little loose and click and hold, dragging from right to left highlighting 900 and then go past the flyover just slightly, when you release the mouse (if you release off the flyout) the flyout just closes. 

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

@cfleming  Have you initiated a case with Canvas Support? If you haven't yet, please do so; that will allow our engineers to examine the behavior you've reported and look into causes and remedies.

cfleming
Community Member

I am unable to do so as far as I can see. Our work accounts lack the button under help (within Canvas.edu) and under my icon in https://community.canvaslms.com/ i also lack the "help" button. Unless there is another way. 

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

@cfleming  I did a quick "Act As" to view the support options provided in the Help menu of your Canvas account, and I was able to view direct contact options for 24/7 chat and phone support for students and faculty along with an email for less urgent matters. (I'm not posting the telephone number in this global forum.) If you're not able to see those options in your own Help menu, I found this page of contact links on your school's website: Get IT Help | Department of Information Technology | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health