Insert Images using the Rich Content Editor

Last updated on November 9, 2022

Images within a page, assignment, discussion, or quiz create a dynamic and engaging visual for students. Images are also a crucial component of visual learning.

Note: The Rich Content Editor is used throughout Canvas; Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, and Syllabus all feature large text boxes with a tool bar across the top where text and media can be entered. This is the Rich Content Editor and these instructions will work wherever the Rich Content Editor appears.


  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas Account.
  4. Select the Course you’d like to work in.
  5. Locate the Page, Assignment, Discussion, or Quiz you would like to edit in the modules.
  6. Click on the title of the Page, Assignment, Discussion, or Quiz.
  7. Click Edit.
  8. Click in the Rich Content Editor Box where you want the image to be located.
  9. Click the Image Button.
  10. Select from the Drop-Down Menu one of the following options:
    1. Upload Image: The image is located on your computer.
      1. Locate the File.
      2. Click Open.
    2. Course Image: The image is already in your course files.
      1. Add menu will appear at the right.
      2. Click on the desired Image.
    3. User Image: The image is already in a student’s files.
      1. Add menu will appear at the right.
      2. Click on the desired Image.

Edit an Image in Rich Content Editor

You can easily resize or standardize the size of any image in the Rich Content Editor by following these instructions:

  1. Click on the Image.
    • A blue box surrounds the image with little squares at the corner.
  2. Click and drag the Blue Square at One Corner of the Image.
    • You can also choose specific dimensions by following these steps:
      1. Click the Image.
      2. Click the Options Box that appears. The Image Options menu opens on the right.
      3. Click the Custom Drop-Down Menu.
      4. Select the Standardized Size you desire.

Add Alt Text to Images in Rich Content Editor

It is simple to quickly add alt text to your images. Adding alt text ensures that all students are able to interact and engage with the information in the Rich Content Editor. You can add alt text to images in Rick Content Editor by following the instructions below.

  1. Click on the Image.
  2. Click on the Options Caption that appears.
    • Image Options menu opens on the right.
  3. Type Descriptive Text of the image in the Alt Text box.
    • Select No Alt Text if the image is only decorative.
  4. Click Done.