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How do I add and modify text in the Rich Content Editor as a student?

Several features in Canvas support a Rich Content Editor, including Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, and Syllabus. You can type text and you can copy and paste text from other sources into the Rich Content Editor. The following keyboard shortcuts can be used when copying and pasting text:

  • 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

The Rich Content Editor also includes several formatting tools that allow you to modify your text.

Open Rich Content Editor

Open Rich Content Editor

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

Paste Copied Text

Paste Copied Text

Paste the text you copied into the Rich Content Editor.

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts to paste text into the Rich Content Editor:

  • 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

Remove Text Formatting

Remove Text Formatting

To remove text formatting, select the pasted text [1], then click the Clear Formatting icon [2].

Align Text

Align Text

To align text, place the cursor in front of the text you wish to align [1]. Use the tools in the toolbar to align the text. You can set the position of the text on the page with the Left, Center, and Right Alignment tools [2] or indent the text using the Indent tool [3].

Align Directional Text

Align Directional Text

The editor also supports directional text so users can insert content right to left. This feature can be added using the Right to Left button within the editor.

Create Bulleted or Numbered List

Create Bulleted or Numbered List

Select the text you wish to include in your list [1]. Click the Bulleted List icon to make a bulleted list [2]. Click the Numbered List icon to make a numbered list [3].

View Bulleted List

View Bulleted List

View the bulleted list you made.

View Numbered List

View Numbered List

View the numbered list you made.

Change Font Size

Change Font Size

Select the text you wish to modify [1] and click the Font Size drop-down menu to change the text font size [2]. You can choose from 8, 10, 12, 14, 18, 24, or 36 sized fonts.

Change Text Style

Change Text Style

Select the text you wish to modify [1], and click the Paragraph drop-down menu to change the text style [2]. You can choose from paragraph, heading 2, heading 3, or heading 4, or preformatted styles.

Single Space Text

Single Space Text

To create single spacing in the Rich Content Editor, press the shift and return keys (on a Mac) or shift and Enter keys (on a PC). This will create a line break instead of a paragraph break.

Superscript and Subscript Text

Superscript and Subscript Text

Select the text you wish to modify [1], and click the Superscript or Subscript buttons in the toolbar [2].

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.