Introducing the New Rich Content Editor in Canvas

What is the RCE (Rich Content Editor)?

The Rich Content Editor is the toolbar that looks like a word processor and appears wherever you can edit or enter text in Canvas, for example: 

  • Announcements
  • Pages
  • Assignments
  • Discussions

Canvas’s Rich Content Editor has been completely overhauled in the past year and a half. Most of the changes involve updating the user interface to make it more streamlined. Canvas has grouped similar tools together, created context-specific navigation, and added the ability to make the editing window full screen. In future releases, they will also be adding an auto-save capability.

An area to pay particular attention to with the new editor in linking pages and files. In the old editor, there was always a menu along the right-hand side of the page to add files or to link to pages and assignments in your Canvas site. The new editor is contextual and only opens the side menu when you choose the applicable menu item.


Adding Links

This screenshot shows the menu for adding links to files with the new RCE:



Adding Documents




The new Rich Content Editor will be turned on for Arts and Sciences courses on Friday, April 2nd. The familiar tools you are used to may be in slightly different places so we suggest you take a look at some of the following resources to prepare:

As always, if you have questions or need help with this or any of Canvas’s features, please feel free to reach out to


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