How do I change my User Settings?

Depending on how your Canvas account was created, you can make changes to your Full Name, Display Name, Language and your Time Zone.

Note: 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

Edit your settings:

  1. Full Name is used for grading, SIS imports, and other administrative items.
  2. Display Name is the what other users will see in discussions, announcements, etc. You can set your own display name if the setting is enabled.
  3. Sortable Name is your last name, first name default and it can be edited. This appears in sorted lists and admins can search for it.
  4. Default Email can be set when you have multiple email addresses associated with your account.
  5. Language can be set to your native language.
  6. Time Zone can be set to where you are located.

Note:

  • Some settings may not be available to you.
  • 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.

Update Settings

Update Settings

Click the Update Settings button.

Use High Contrast Styles

For accessibility, you can use 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 [1] next to the feature option. You may need to refresh your browser for the option to take effect.

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