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Embedding / Inserting an Image in Canvas Content

The Rich Content Editor (RCE) is the default text box space in most items for a user to write and create content. The RCE is designed and laid out similar to other popular word processor toolbars, while still supporting and facilitating some unique Canvas specific functions.

This article will review how to upload and embed images in Canvas content wherever the Rich Content Editor is available.

Inserting / Embedding an Image in Your Course Site's "Files" Area

  1. Place your cursor in the text box where you want your image to appear.
  2. To get to the list of image files, open the course images (from Files) list by either:
    1. Clicking on the "Insert" menu [1], selecting "Image" [2] and then "Course Images" [3].
      OR
    2. Clicking on arrow to the right of the Image Tool icon [4] in the toolbar and select "Course Images" [5].
  1. A slider drawer will appear on the right side of the screen displaying the images stored in your course site’s "Files" area. Click on the image file [6] you want to embed.
  2. Once you have clicked on the appropriate image file, the image will be embedded in the text box.
  3. When you are returned main page, click "Save" or "Save and Publish" to finalize your changes.

You can use the filter options drop down menus [7] to search for files or filter your files by Type, Date Added or Alphabetical order. 

Uploading / Embedding a New Image (from Your Computer, Unsplash Free Images, or via URL) while Editing Content

Image files that you upload from your computer through the Rich Content Editor will be stored in your course site's "Files" area under an auto-generated folder called "Uploaded Media." Check out the section on "Finding the Files Uploaded to Canvas via the Rich Content Editor" for details.

  1. Place your cursor in the text box where you want your image to be embedded.
  2. To get to the upload screen, open the upload files area by either:
    1. Clicking on the "Insert" menu [1], selecting "Image" [2] and then "Upload Image" [3].
      OR
    2. Clicking on the arrow to the right of the Image Tool icon [4] in the toolbar and select "Upload Image" [5].
  1. The "Upload Image" popup will appear. You can upload an image in one of three ways:
Option 1: Upload a File from Your Computer
  1. Select the "Computer" tab [6].
  2. Drag and drop your image onto the Upload Image area [7] or you can click on the Upload File area [6] and browse your computer to find the file.

You can only upload one file at a time through the Upload Image popup.

Option 3: Enter the URL for an Image
  1. Select the URL tab [10].
  2. In the "File URL" box [11], paste the URL of the image you want to use.
  1. Once you have selected your image, you will now need to enter some additional information for your image.
    1. In the "Alt Text" box [12] provide some alternative text for your image. This is usually a textual description of what is depicted in your image which will be read to students using screen reading software.
    2. In the Display Options settings [14], select whether you want the image you are inserting should appear embedded on the screen or if you just want a text link that users will click on to open the image in a new tab.

If your image is not informational and is used for aesthetic purposes, select the checkbox for Decorative Image [13]. and you will not need to enter alternative text for the image.

  1. When you are done, click the "Submit" button [15] to complete the upload and insert the image.
  2. When you are returned main page, click "Save" or "Save and Publish" to finalize your changes.

To learn more about the Rich Content Editor:

If you have any questions, please reach out to canvas@yale.edu.