New 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 is the default editor for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 courses.

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. 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.
  2. Click the link button and select Course Links to insert a link to items in your course (e.g. Assignments, Discussion, Pages, Quizzes) or to add an external address link.
  3. Click the picture button to embed an image from course files or to upload a new one (the upload option also lets you search Unsplash or specify an external image address).
  4. Click the document button to insert a link to a file stored in your course files or to upload and link to a new file.
  5. Click the plug button to insert content from apps, e.g. Canvas Studio videos.


Instructure plans to activate the New RCE in all Canvas courses on December 19, 2020. Teachers may turn the New RCE on or off course by course until then. At Emory University, we have activated the New Rich Content Editor feature option in Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 courses, but teachers may turn it off in their courses until December 19th. The option is labeled "RCE Enhancements" in the Feature Options tab under course Settings.

More Resources

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