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@Faculty Quick Start: Canvas Basics

The Rich Content Editor

canvas logoIn Winter 21, SPSCC adopted the new Rich Content Editor.

The new Editor has an immediate impact on how you build your courses. Take a look at the content below to learn how it works.


New RCE tutorial from Instructure

View the script for this video.


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

View Rich Content Editor

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

In the content area, you can add and preview the page content [1].

In the menubar, you can use the menu options to format the page content [2].

In the toolbar, you can format text [3]; insert links, images, media, and documents [4]; open external tools [5]; format paragraphs [6]; clear formatting [7]; add tables [8]; and insert an equation [9]. 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.

Open Keyboard Shortcuts

View Rich Content Editor

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

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 focus on the editor's menubar, 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


Student View feature has changed

If you're missing the Student View button, we have learned it was replaced on 19 December by an icon of "reading glasses" at the top right of your pages:

Files are now Documents

The new RCE uses the term insert Course documents to replace what was formally known as linking to an existing  course file.  Fun!

The sidebar is invoked by the insert command

The static sidebar on the right side of the old editor has been replaced by a dynamic slider, similar to the gradebook. This slider appears when you insert links, media, or documents

To add a link to another part of the course, use insert>link>course link, then choose  an item from the slider by clicking on the arrows for each category of Canvas locations


Hidden files are revealed if linked via RCE

If you set a file as not visible to students in Course Files and link to that file in the New Rich Content Editor, students will be able to view that file using the link in the New Rich Content Editor.

Walkthrough of the New RCE

The following slide presentation gives a simple overview of the New RCE. As with all Canvas questions, please look at the Canvas Guides Content to learn details you need for your specific usage. Or just drop us a line at CTOL!