Several features in Canvas support the Rich Content Editor, including Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, and Syllabus.
You can type text and you can copy and paste text from other sources into the Rich Content Editor. The Rich Content Editor also includes several formatting tools that allow you to modify your text.
The Rich Content Editor supports keyboard shortcuts for copying and pasting text.
Copy and Paste Using a PC
Copy and Paste Using a Mac
When creating or editing an announcement, assignment, discussion, page, quiz, or syllabus, the Rich Content Editor opens by default.
You can add and format content using the menubar  or toolbar .
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The Rich Content Editor supports keyboard shortcuts. To view a window with a list of keyboard navigation shortcuts, click the Keyboard icon or press Alt+F8 (on a PC keyboard) or Option+Fn+F8 (on a Mac keyboard) simultaneously on your keyboard.
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You can also resize the editor window or open the editor in fullscreen view.
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Type or paste copied text into the Rich Content Editor.
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If you do not see any of the options mentioned below, you may have to click the Options icon.
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To remove text formatting, highlight/select the text, then click the Clear Formatting icon.
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Select the text you wish to modify . Then click the Font Sizes drop-down menu , and select the font size you want to use . You can choose from 8, 10, 12, 14, 18, 24, or 36pt sized fonts.
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Select the text you wish to modify . Then click the Paragraph drop-down menu , and select the text style you want to use . Choose from Heading 2, Heading 3, Heading 4, Preformatted, and Paragraph styles.
Note: By default, the primary heading for the announcement, assignment, discussion, page, quiz, or syllabus is the same as the title or name you enter when creating the course item.
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To create single spacing in the Rich Content Editor, press Shift+Enter (on a PC keyboard) or Shift+Return (on a Mac keyboard). This creates a line break instead of a paragraph break.
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Select the text you wish to format .
To bold the selected text, click the Bold icon , or press Cmd+B (Mac keyboard) or Ctrl+B (PC keyboard).
To italicize the selected text, click the Italic icon , or press Cmd+I (Mac keyboard) or Ctrl+I (PC keyboard).
To underline the selected text, click the Underline icon , or press Cmd+U (Mac keyboard) or Ctrl+U (PC keyboard).
When selected text is formatted, an arrow displays above the selected option .
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Select the text you wish to color .
To change the color of the text, click the Text Color icon .
To highlight the text, click the Background Color icon 
Select a color from the color drop-down menu . You can view the color name by hovering your mouse over the color tile .
To remove color formatting, click the Remove Color icon .
To select a custom color for the text, click the Custom Color icon .
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Use the color picker palette to select a color tone  and hue . You can also enter RGB color codes  or enter a HEX color code . View your custom color in the color display window .
To apply the color to your text, click the Save button .
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You can format your text to appear as superscript or subscript. Select the text you wish to modify .
To format your text as superscript, click the Superscript icon .
To format your text as subscript, click the Script Arrow icon  and select the Subscript option .
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To align text, place the cursor in front of the text you wish to align , then click the Alignment icon . From the drop-down menu you can select to align the text to the Left , Center , and Right .
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To indent text, click the Indent icon .
If your text is indented, you can outdent your text. To outdent your text, click the Indent Arrow icon  and click the Outdent option .
You can click the Indent and Outdent options multiple times to increase or decrease the text indentation.
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To align the direction of your text, click the Format link in the menubar , then select the Directionality option . You can align your text from Left to Right  and from Right to Left .
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Select the text you wish to include in your list, then click the List icon . You can select a bulleted list style , or a numeric or alphabetic list style .
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If you reload or navigate away from a page while editing content in the Rich Content Editor, Canvas automatically saves your content in the browser cache for up to one day. When you reload the page or navigate back to the page you were editing, Canvas displays a message indicating that auto-saved content exists. You can preview the content, discard the content, or load the content into the Rich Content Editor.
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To preview content auto-saved by Canvas, click the Preview button.
To load the auto-saved content into the Rich Content Editor, click the Yes button . To discard the auto-saved changes, click the No button .
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Click the Save button.
Note: When using the Rich Content Editor in Discussions, the Save button may appear as the Post Reply button.