The moment has arrived! The [Old] Rich Content Editor is dead. Long live the [New] RCE! Here’s a post about the transition.
We’re enabling the New RCE tomorrow (January 16, 2021) for all accounts worldwide. Millions of people have already been using the New RCE for several months, so if that’s you, this update is business as usual. As we announced a few months back, if the New RCE hasn’t already been enabled at your institution, it’s going to be forced on tomorrow.
We’re leaving the New RCE flag “unlocked,” which means admins can still disable it and default to Ye Olde RCE at your institution in case of an emergency. If you’re using the Old RCE after this Saturday, you’re using a deprecated feature that will be removed altogether this summer. For that reason, we strongly recommend leaving the New RCE flag on.
Here’s a quick overview of some significant differences between the Old RCE and the New RCE:
The old sidebar has been replaced by a new drawer for inputting and managing content. The new drawer gives us a lot more flexibility to support a variety of screen sizes, it declutters the interface when it isn’t needed, and it gives you a lot more function than the old sidebar (better previews, access to course files and user files, file search, and more).
The new toolbar has less stuff on it. What’s left has been the result of a lot of trial and error, and it feels about right. If you can’t find something on the toolbar, you can find it in the menubar just above it, which has everything from the toolbar and more -- like a font selector! Play around with it! Here's what the new menubar (top) and toolbar (bottom) look like:
You can manage rich content (pictures, videos, links, etc.) by clicking on the content you want to manage. In the following example, I can click the photo of Mars and then select "Image Options" to configure the photo in the drawer.
Admins can set up to two LTI toolbar favorites per account, which will insert those LTIs directly onto the toolbar. Otherwise, the most recently used LTIs for each user will appear under the plug icon on the toolbar.
There are a few bug fixes rolling out with the deploy next Wednesday, and additional features being released in the coming months, so stay tuned!
For a more in-depth look at how the New RCE works, head over to the Canvas Guides. If you run into any problems, submitting a ticket to Support is likely the quickest route to resolution! Let me know if you need additional help.
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