How do I embed images from Canvas into the Rich Content Editor?

You can embed images from your personal files in Canvas into the Rich Content Editor. You can only embed images that have been previously uploaded to your personal or course files. However, as an instructor, you have the option to upload images to your course files using the content selector.

Open the Rich Content Editor

Open the Rich Content Editor using one of the Canvas features which support the Editor.

Choose Picture Icon

Click the Picture icon.

Select Canvas Tab

Select Canvas Tab

Click the Canvas tab.

Open Course or Personal Files

Open Course or Personal Files

You can choose to embed images located in your course files [1] or your personal files [2]. As an instructor, you can embed any image from your files into the Rich Content Editor, even images that are in folders not visible to students.

If you would like to embed an image that is not yet uploaded, you can upload images into your Course Files using the content selector.

Note: When accessing course files, students will only be able to see images that are public to the entire course.

Select Image and Verify Attributes

Select Image and Verify Attributes

Click the image you wish to embed [1].

The Attributes field will populate the Alt text [2], which is the name of the image, along with the image's default dimensions [3]. Dimensions are referenced in pixels, width x height.

Change Attributes Alt Text

Change Attributes Alt Text

To change the Alt text, type the new text in the text field.

Change Attributes Image Dimensions

Change Attributes Image Dimensions

To change the image dimensions, type in the number of pixels you would like for the new image width [1]. Then click the tab key on your computer keyboard. Since Canvas maintains the aspect ratio of your image, the entry for the image height will be changed automatically [2].

Embed Image

Embed Image

Click the Update button.

Note: As a future shortcut, if you do not need to change any of your image's attributes, locate your image and simply double click the name of your image. The image will be embedded directly to your post.

View Embedded Image

View your embedded image in the Rich Content Editor.

Edit Image Properties

Edit Image Properties

When you edit an existing image, the URL tab will display the location of the Canvas image; however, the Canvas tab will still display the file. The attributes will remain the same across all tabs and can be edited as necessary.

If you want to replace your Canvas image, click the Canvas tab and locate another image.

Visually Resize Image

Visually Resize Image

You can also use the handles around the image to visually change the image size. To do this, click the image, then hover over one of the white bounding boxes until your cursor becomes an arrow. Drag and resize the image. Please note that the image will always retain its aspect ratio as to not become distorted.

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