How do I remove formatting from text I am pasting from another source?

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.

You can use the Rich Content Editor to format text that you pasted from another source.

The Rich Content Editor is used in features that support the editor (Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, or Syllabus).

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts:

  • Normal copy and paste on a PC: Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V
  • Copy and paste-without-formatting on a PC: Ctrl-C, Ctrl-Shift-V
  • Normal copy and paste on a Mac: Cmd-C, Cmd-V
  • Copy and paste-without-formatting on a Mac: Cmd-C, Cmd-Opt-Shift-V

Open the Rich Content Editor

Open the Rich Content Editor

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

Paste Text

Paste Text

Paste the text you copied into the Rich Content Editor. Make sure to cite the source if appropriate.

Don't forget you can use the following keyboard shortcuts:

  • Normal copy and paste on a PC: Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V
  • Copy and paste-without-formatting on a PC: Ctrl-C, Ctrl-Shift-V
  • Normal copy and paste on a Mac: Cmd-C, Cmd-V
  • Copy and paste-without-formatting on a Mac: Cmd-C, Cmd-Opt-Shift-V

Select the Pasted Text

Select the Pasted Text

Select the pasted text to remove the formatting.

Remove Formatting

Remove Formatting

Click the Clear Formatting icon to remove the formatting from the pasted text.

Save Changes

Save Changes

Click the Save button.

Note: When using the Rich Content Editor in Assignments, Discussions, Pages, and Quizzes, you have the option to Save & Publish. When using the Rich Content Editor in the Syllabus and Discussions pages, the Save button may appear as “Update Syllabus” or “Post Reply”.

View Content

View Content

View the content you created.