What is the Rich Content Editor?

Canvas has a simple, yet powerful, content editor that is available anytime for creating new content. The Rich Content Editor is used in features that support the editor (Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, or Syllabus).

Although clean and streamlined, the Rich Content Editor is sophisticated enough to support embedding any video content, math formula, and other rich media.

View a video about the Rich Content Editor.

Note: Configured External (LTI) Tools may create additional buttons in the Rich Content Editor.

Open Rich Content Editor

Anything that can be viewed in a web browser can be inserted into the Rich Content Editor content area [1]. Content can also input HTML directly into Canvas using the HTML Editor link [2]. ´╗┐Users can also easily link to course content using the Content Selector [3].

Note: The Content Selector is currently associated with an account-level feature option that includes visual style updates and content section pagination. These changes can only currently be viewed in Pages and the Syllabus. However, the overall functionality of the Content Selector is the same. The Content Selector view available to you is determined by your institution.

What Canvas Features Use the Rich Content Editor?

The following Canvas features use the Rich Content Editor:

  • Announcements
  • Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Pages
  • Quizzes
  • Syllabus

Accessibility Help Menu

Accessibility Help Menu

Canvas users can use keyboard navigation in the Rich Content Editor. Press ALT + F8 (on a PC keyboard) or ALT + FN + F8 (on a MAC keyboard) to open the accessibility help menu in the Rich Content Editor.

The following shortcuts are supported in the Rich Content Editor:

  • To open the editor's menu bar, press ALT + F9 (on a PC keyboard) or ALT + FN + F9 (on a Mac keyboard)
  • To open the editor's toolbar, press ALT + F10 (on a PC keyboard) or ALT + FN + F10 (on a Mac keyboard)