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New Rich Content Editor in Canvas

Instructure will retire the current Rich Content Editor (RCE) in early January 2021. The new Rich Content Editor provides a streamlined experience, but may change workflows you’re familiar with.

New Canvas RCE interface

You may see slightly different options in your Rich Content Editor (RCE)

Before the new RCE becomes the UW default during winter break (on December 28th), you can try it out by turning on the “RCE Enhancements” feature option in any course. If you turn on this option in an active course, students will see the new RCE in spaces such as discussion boards. Let them know about this change in advance and point them towards the Canvas student guides for help.

For a brief overview of the interface, menus, and features of the new RCE, watch the video below.

New Rich Content Editor Video (4:50)

Don’t worry about memorizing all of the changes, you can always refer back to the video or visit the Canvas guides for answers to specific questions.

Changes to be aware of:

  • How do I link to content? The content selector, which was located to the right-hand side of the editor, is gone. That functionality is now available through the menu bar and toolbar, found above the content field.
  • More formatting options. With “Paste as text” and “clear text formatting” you’ll have better control over text you add from other sources. New colors, strikethrough, and the ability to add code blocks allow for increased personalization of your content.
  • Auto Save. If you accidentally close or navigate away from a page as you’re editing, you’ll be able to restore your work. Note: this will not work in every tool and is not guaranteed.