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Need help with the New Rich Content Editor. Each of the following I was able to do in the previous Rich Content Editor, but I cannot determine how to do the same thing in the New RCE, am I missing something or has the ability been removed?

1) Create a hyperlink to a new page (I appear to only have the option to link to an already existing page)

2) Delete all hyperlinks on a page at one time by highlighting using control A to select all and clicking break link (I seem to have to do this one link at a time)

3) I use to be able to embed media into my content page by selecting insert/embed media icon and then selecting the Embed tab where I could paste in the iframe code. (I embed graphs from Desmos.com for my math students). With the New RCE I have to switch over to html view and try to figure out where I need to insert the code.

4) Inserting links to multiple assignments/pages/... seems to have gone from a 2 step process to a 5 step process since each time you create the link you have to go through all the drop down menus and find the files instead of having them in a pannel on the right side of the screen. 

5) When editing a page, the New RCE is sometimes automatically expanded to show all your content at once so that the tool bar is not on the screen and you have to do a lot of scrolling up and down just to use the tools to insert links and content. In the old RCE the editor was of a size that allowed for the tool bar to be always on the screen -- user could expand the window if they wanted. Is there a way to decrease the size of the New RCE so that the editing tool bar does not go off screen?

Overall I find the New RCA cumbersome, time consumming, and a significant down grade from the previous version. Any help in making it more friendly and usable like the old version would be really appreciated. (Note my institution did not make using the new editor optional)

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Hi mfulton1@ivytech.edu...

I'm not sure if you've seen this document, but you might want to check out Canvas Release: New Rich Content Editor.  I think that some other Community members are addressing some of the same concerns that you are.  I don't have answer for all your points, but...

  • For #2, you might want to check out this part of the conversation starting with Sean Smith and the replies that follow.
  • For #3, you can still do this.  Press the Alt+F9 keyboard combination to bring up the hidden text-based menu on the New RCE (this same keyboard combo worked in the old RCE, too).  Then choose "Insert" >> "Media...".  An "Insert/Edit Media" box will open.  Choose "Embed" from the options on the left side, and then paste in your embed code you harvested from your website.

I hope this will help, Morag.

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Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi mfulton1@ivytech.edu...

I'm not sure if you've seen this document, but you might want to check out Canvas Release: New Rich Content Editor.  I think that some other Community members are addressing some of the same concerns that you are.  I don't have answer for all your points, but...

  • For #2, you might want to check out this part of the conversation starting with Sean Smith and the replies that follow.
  • For #3, you can still do this.  Press the Alt+F9 keyboard combination to bring up the hidden text-based menu on the New RCE (this same keyboard combo worked in the old RCE, too).  Then choose "Insert" >> "Media...".  An "Insert/Edit Media" box will open.  Choose "Embed" from the options on the left side, and then paste in your embed code you harvested from your website.

I hope this will help, Morag.

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Not able to get the Alt-F9 Menu's to appear in everyone's Chrome browsers  We are all on Chrome 83.0.4103.106  64 bit.   It works for me but not for all users.  It will not work at all for users on a MAC/Apple device... No Alt key and or no F9 key.  Even tried Options - fn - Touched the F9 in the touch bar on my Macbook Pro.   Nothing there.

I was in Chrome.  How about a simple coding that just has those 5 menu headers available all the time?  It takes up so little real estate.

PLEASE

For #3, pressing alt+F9 doesn't take me to the menu.  I've tried from a mac laptop and desktop, using all other possible key combinations it could be, and trying it in Chrome and Firefox.  Is there any way to access this menu??

Surveyor

Found the same issues. Specially in my case the editor height expansion is very upsetting and makes the workflow very hard, since it not only takes the toolbar out of reach, but resets the view to the top page and makes you lose the spot you were trying to edit.

Hope it gets fixed soon...

Surveyor

#4 is really annoying. Think I may switch back since I'm still able.

Is it possible to switch to the old editor? How? That would be awesome!

Navigator

Canvas provided an update in RCE Updates - Summer 2020. It's an interesting and positive read.

Surveyor

Add:

  1. It's takes a second set of clicks to add alt-text when inserting an image rather than having that right on the screen when inserting the image.
  2. The file folder structure is missing when uploading/inserting files onto a page
  3. uploading videos used to allow for resizing the video in the same upload/add embed code window, now i have to switch to html and guess at the aspect ratio
  4. subscript is 2 clicks instead of one
  5. adding multiple choice quiz answers still gives a tiny, 15 character window to start with unless you click edit the answer. can't the little window be bigger to start with, even just half the width of the page?

thanks!

Learner II

I second @gbaxley 's item c - is there a way to resize embedded media (iframes) without going into the HTML?