Canvas - New rich Content Editor comparison to Classic

On January 1st, 2021, the New Rich Content Editor (RCE) will be turned on at UWL for all users and courses. The new RCE has a document editing feel to it with Edit, View, Insert, Format, Tools, and Table at the top. This update also includes a change to the location of some tools and a new feature that allows you to work in full screen.

Also check out How do I use the New Rich Content Editor? for all information on this update. 

How does the New and Classic look compare?

New Rich Content Editor
Full New RCE
Classic Rich Content Editor
Classic RCE

How do I add course links, files, and images now? 

As you can see from the above images, one of the biggest changes is the right column. The Classic RCE had course Links, Files and Images located in that right column. Now to access these, you locate them from within the top tool bar either by using the insert button or by finding the link, document, or image icons. 

Insert Button
Toolbar Icon
Course LinksCourselinks.jpgsecondcourselinks.jpg
Course Files (Document)coursedocs.jpgsecondcoursedoc.jpg
Course Imagescourseimage.jpgsecondcourseimage.jpg

How do I add content/media from integrated apps?

Another big change is that there is no longer a "Blue V" for adding integrated apps (YouTube, Vimeo, My Media, Etc.). Instead you can find these apps by clicking on Tools and navigating to Apps or by clicking the plug icon in the toolbar. 

Tools Button
Toolbar Icon
My Mediaapps.jpgsecondapps.jpg
Commons Favorites
Films on Demand
MS Teams Meetings
Office 365

Where is the Accessibility Checker located now?

You can now find the Accessibility Checker icon in the bottom right corner below the large text box. 


How do I toggle to HTML? 

There are now two ways you can toggle the HTML editor. Either by going through View or finding the </> icon in the bottom right corner below the large text box. You can toggle back with same icon (</>). 


How do I toggle full screen?

To toggle fullscreen, either go through View or finding double arrow icon in the bottom right corner below the large text box. You can toggle back by going through View again or by clicking ESC on your keyboard. 

24/7/365 Canvas Support is available through the help icon in Canvas, by calling the phone support for faculty, staff and students or email us directly at

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Keywords:table, hyperlink, math editor, equation, YouTube, video, content, RCE, images   Doc ID:107522
Owner:Stephanie S.Group:UW-La Crosse
Created:2020-12-03 09:22 CDTUpdated:2020-12-11 15:38 CDT
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