How do I change my User Settings?

Depending on how your Canvas account was created, you may be able to make changes to your name, default email, language, time zone, and password.

  • Setting a chosen language will override any default language settings across your institution; however, any language set in a course will override your user language.
  • Your institution may take care of updating or changing your password by using the password associated with your login credentials for Canvas.
  • Users associated with a SIS ID cannot delete their own account.

Note: Some settings may not be available to you. If you are not able to edit your user settings, you will need to contact your institution to change this information.

Open Settings

Open Settings

In the Help Corner, click the Settings link.

Edit Settings

Edit Settings

Click the Edit Settings button.

Change Settings

Change Settings

If enabled, edit the appropriate settings:

  1. Full Name is used for grading, SIS imports, and other administrative items.
  2. Display Name is how other users will see your name in discussions, announcements, etc.
  3. Sortable Name defaults to your last name, first name and appears in sorted lists so admins can search for it.
  4. Default Email can be set when you have multiple Notification email addresses associated with your account.
  5. Language can be set to your native language and is the language you want to use in Canvas (does not apply if an instructor sets a specific language for a course).
  6. Time Zone can be set to where you are located and displays assignments in your local time.

Note: Some settings may not be available to you. If you are not able to edit your user settings, you will need to contact your institution to change this information.

Update Settings

Update Settings

Click the Update Settings button.

Use High Contrast Styles

For accessibility, you can scroll down the settings page to the Feature Options heading. You can enable high contrast styles, which increases the color contrast of text and images on your computer screen to make them more distinct and easier to identify.  

To use High Contrast Styles, click the On button next to the feature option. You may need to refresh your browser for the option to take effect.

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