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The NEW Rich Content Editor in Canvas

On Saturday, January 16, 2021, Canvas will make their new Rich Content Editor (RCE) the default and only editor for all Canvas users! 

You may recall using the new RCE in Mt. SAC Canvas last winter, but due to issues with adding images, we reverted back to the old RCE. Canvas has since resolved the issue and is doing away with the old editor.

What’s Different in the New RCE?


Watch this New Rich Content Editor video from Canvas or see the New Rich Content Editor (RCE) Canvas Guide. Before January 16, you will have the option to turn on the new editor in each course shell to try it out. After January 16, it will be the default and only editor available. But don’t worry! Everything possible with the old RCE, you can still do with the new RCE. Below are some highlights:

New Toolbar

As you can see from the video, Canvas has grouped like items together in the new RCE toolbar. It may take some getting used to, but the new groupings make more sense and are more intuitive, in my opinion.

New RCE toolbar groupings

New Apps Grouping

Apps are now all grouped together in the toolbar. You can access them either from Tools > Apps > View All or from the “plug” icon as shown below.

accessing Apps in new RCE

New Fonts

A huge plus is that you can now choose from additional fonts under Format > Fonts. I’m super duper excited about this!

New RCE fonts

New Layout

Also, the Keyboard Shortcuts, HTML Editor, and Check Accessibility links have all moved to the bottom right below the editing window. Note the HTML Editor link is now a “code” icon.

Keyboard Shortcuts, Check Accessibility, and HTML Editor in New RCE

More Resources

For a full list of changes, see this Canvas Comparison Chart of the old RCE and the new RCE.

Use the instructor guides below as you learn to use the new RCE, and share the student guides with your students.

Again, Canvas will make the new Rich Content Editor (RCE) the default and only editor for all Canvas users on Saturday, January 16, 2021

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