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Canvas - What is the Rich Content Editor?

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.

Note: Configured External (LTI) Tools may create additional buttons in the Rich Content Editor.

View Rich Content Editor

View Rich Content Editor

The Rich Content Editor includes the content area and the content selector.


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].


Users can also easily link to course content using the Content Selector [3], which is displayed in the sidebar any time the Rich Content Editor is open. Depending on the feature area being viewed (course or group), users may be able to link to existing files, images, or links and upload new files and images.


Note: In Pages and the Syllabus, the Content Selector includes visual style updates and content section pagination. However, the overall functionality of the Content Selector throughout Canvas is the same.

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:


  • To open the editor's menu bar, press ALT + F9 (on a PC keyboard) or ALT + FN + F9 (on a Mac keyboard)
  • To open the editor's toolbar, press ALT + F10 (on a PC keyboard) or ALT + FN + F10 (on a Mac keyboard)

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Canvas Answers

Canvas Student Guide

If you have any questions, come by the Help Desk at Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 105, call 646-1840, or email us at

Keywords:canvas what is rich content editor?   Doc ID:71391
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2017-03-06 11:01 MSTUpdated:2017-12-01 13:11 MST
Sites:New Mexico State University
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