Feature Highlight: Improvements to the Rich Content Editor on April 4th

The Feature Highlights series shares information about neat and useful things you can do with Canvas features. Please email Courseware Support at canvas@pobox.upenn.edu if you have any questions about the features discussed in this series.

What’s the Rich Content Editor?

Here’s what it looks like:

Rich Content Editor
This is the Rich Content Editor in Canvas.

It’s the name for the text-box that constitutes the core editing capabilities in . . .

  • Pages
  • Discussions (topics and replies)
  • Announcements
  • Quizzes (“Quiz Instructions” and most quiz questions)

and accompanies . . .

  • Assignments
  • Syllabus (called the “Syllabus Description”)
  • Some Homepage Layouts (“Syllabus” and “Pages Front Page”)

When’s It Changing?

Saturday, April 4, 2015. This change is mentioned in the April 4th Production Release Notes.

How’s It Changing?

  • Better support for creating and deleting tables: Users can easily add, merge, and split table cells without having to switch to the HTML Editor. Rows can be added, copied, and pasted anywhere in the table.Edit tables without using HTML Editor
  • Directional text: The editor also supports directional text so users can insert content right to left. This feature can be added using the Right to Left button within the editor.Directional text example
  • HTML elements for selected content: Beneath the Rich Content Editor window, users can view HTML elements for any selected content. This feature is beneficial for users who work with HTML and want to view or confirm placement of content.

Example of HTML elements for selected content

What If I Have Questions about How to Use the New Rich Content Editor?

You can send your questions to Courseware Support at canvas@pobox.upenn.edu.

Last Updated: 20 Oct 2021

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