Rich Content Editor

The New Rich Content Editor (New RCE) is available now. It is a redesigned version of Canvas's "what you see is what you get" (WYSIWYG) composition tool that appears in Announcements, Assignments, Pages, Discussions, etc. The New RCE replaced the classic RCE on January 16, 2021.

Adding Files, Links, and More in the New RCE

The content selection tabs for course links, files, and images do not remain open to the right of the New RCE. Instructure made it more compact by combining buttons, hiding the content selection tabs while not in use, and hiding buttons dynamically to fit the window. But all of the options are still available in the New RCE’s menu bar. The link, picture, and document buttons allow you to open the content selection tabs for course links, images, and files.

Example of New RCE menu bar with hidden row expanded. Buttons discussed below are circled in red in the screen shot.
  1. Menus above the toolbar offer a new way to work with the editor. The Insert menu is especially helpful when you want to embed or link to attachments or course content.
  2. Click the triple dot button (a.k.a. the kebab) at the far right to reveal hidden button row(s). Your menu bar may look different, since it changes to fit window width.
  3. Click the arrow next to the link button and select Course Links to insert a link to items in your course (e.g. Assignments, Discussion, Pages, Quizzes).
  4. Click the picture button to upload a new picture (or search Unsplash for one) or click the arrow next to it to insert a picture already uploaded to the courses files.
  5. Click the document button to upload a new file or click the arrow next to it to insert a link to a file stored in your course files.
  6. Click the Studio button to record videos, upload videos, or add YouTube videos. Studio is the best way to embed video in Canvas, because it does not limit your storage and provides viewer analytics.


Instructure activated the New RCE in all Canvas courses on January 16, 2021. (This global activation was previously announced for some dates in 2020 but has been pushed back.) At Emory University, we activated the New Rich Content Editor feature option in Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 courses by default to encourage teachers to switch over the summer.

More Resources

The guides on the Canvas Community website have up-to-date information on this new tool that Instructure is regularly updating.