The New Rich Content Editor (RCE) is an update to the current text editor that provides an updated, condensed, and more intuitive interface.
On January 6, 2021, the New Rich Content Editor (RCE) will be enabled in all courses in the University of Pennsylvania Canvas instance. Prior to this update, the New RCE will be available as an opt-in feature. Take a sneak peek at the upcoming changes and consider enabling it for your course.
Note: The enablement date has been adjusted to January 6, 2021 in order to accommodate the extended Special Winter Break.
- Redesigned toolbar. The redesigned toolbar features a condensed interface with menus that are grouped by common icons and interactions.
- Collapsible menu. If the browser isn’t expanded to fit the full width of the toolbar, the toolbar displays an Options menu that includes the remaining toolbar items.
- Auto-save content. The editor autosaves any content that hasn’t yet been submitted for up to one hour. This feature helps retain new or edited content that may otherwise be lost from inadvertent browser reloads, loss of internet connection, or navigating to another window.
- Drag and drop. Files, images, and media can be uploaded using drag and drop.
- Accessibility checker and HTML editor. Once icons in the toolbar, the Accessibility Checker and HTML Editor have moved to the bottom of the editor.
- Organizing uploads. When uploading files, you no longer have the option to add items to course folders. If the organization of files is important for your course, files should first be uploaded to folders using Files, then inserted to content areas using the editor.
- Using external tools. External course tools like Panopto, that appeared as icons in the toolbar have moved to the Apps icon in the redesigned toolbar.
- Adding links, files, images.The content sidebar that previously appeared on the right side of the editor are now menu bar options  and toolbar icons . The content sidebar only displays when linking to other parts of Canvas, accessing Canvas files, or accessing uploaded media.
Last Updated: 20 Oct 2021