What is the Rich Content Editor?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

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 the 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]. \uFEFFUsers can also easily link to course content using the Content Selector [3].


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:

  • ALT + F9 (on a PC keyboard) or ALT + FN + F9 (on a Mac keyboard)
  • ALT + F10 (on a PC keyboard) or ALT + FN + F10 (on a Mac keyboard)