Canvas - New Rich Content Editor

The Canvas rich content editor is the tool used whenever creating new content in Canvas. It consists of a text window and a panel of buttons used to modify the content entered. You can find the Rich Content editor in many places in Canvas, including pages, assignments, and discussions.


In November 2020, Canvas introduced a new Rich Content Editor as an option for people creating content in Canvas.

This new Rich Content Editor (RCE) will become the default starting January 16, 2021.

Exploring New Rich Content Editor

Enabling new RCE

If you’d like to test the New RCE prior to January 16th, you may enable it on a course-by-course basis. 

  1. On your Canvas course, navigate to Settings
    Settings tab on Canvas course (at bottom of left sidebar)
  2. From Settings, click the Feature Options tab.
    Feature Options tab in Settings (on right side of tabs at the top of Settings Page)
  3. On Feature Options, scroll down to RCE Enhancements and click the switch to enable it.
    RCE Enhancements switch in Feature Options
  4. The new Rich Content Editor has been enabled.
    Screenshot of Rich Content Editor




Keywords:RCE, textbox, text, page, pages, assignments, discussions,   Doc ID:107509
Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW-Madison
Created:2020-12-02 13:15 CSTUpdated:2021-01-13 12:56 CST
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Learn@UW-Madison
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