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How do I add DocViewer annotations in the Teacher app on my iOS device?

When viewing assignment submissions, you may be able to add annotated comments in the submission. Canvas DocViewer is a tool that allows annotations in online assignment submissions. Annotations made in Canvas Teacher sync with SpeedGrader in the web version of Canvas.

If a student submits a file that is not compatible with DocViewer, the document previewer will still display the file, but DocViewer markup and commenting will not be available.

When you open a submission, DocViewer will automatically save any annotations made to the submission file for one hour. You can restart a DocViewer session at any time by refreshing the submission page.

The images in this lesson are shown for a phone display, but unless otherwise noted, tablet displays mirror the same steps.

Notes:

  • Files over 100 MB and password-protected files will not be converted by DocViewer.
  • SpeedGrader may take up to ten minutes after an assignment is submitted to display a document that supports DocViewer.

View Submission

View Submission

Files that are compatible with DocViewer display the DocViewer Toolbar at the top of the document and includes six different annotation types [1]. Select an annotation tool by tapping the annotation icon. When selected, the icon will include a white background. To no longer use an annotation tool, tap the annotation icon again.

While adding an annotation or comment, you can undo or redo the last action made in the submission by tapping the More Options icon [2].

If a submission includes more than one page, view the additional pages by swiping up your screen [3].

Add Point Annotation

Add Point Annotation

To leave a point annotation, tap the Point annotation icon [1].

Tap the area where you want to add the annotation [2].

Add Comment

Add Comment

Point annotations immediately require a comment. In the Reply field [1], type the comment for the point annotation. Tap the Send icon [2].

Close Comment

To delete your comment, tap the Delete icon [1]. To return to the submission, tap the Close icon [2].

Modify Point Annotation

Modify Point Annotation

To move the annotation, tap and hold the annotation icon in the document [2]. Drag the annotation to the new area.

To view and modify your annotation comment, tap the Note link [1]. You can also use this link to view and reply to any student comments made in DocViewer.

To delete the annotation, tap the Delete icon [3]. Deleting an annotation will also delete any associated comments immediately.

Add Highlight Annotation

Add Highlight Annotation

To highlight text within the document, tap the Highlight annotation icon [1].  

Tap the color for the highlight annotation in the color panel [2].

Tap and drag to highlight text within the submission [3].

Modify Highlight Annotation

Modify Highlight Annotation

To modify the annotation, tap and hold the annotation.

To style the annotation, tap the Style button [1]. To add a comment to the highlight annotation, tap the Note button [2]. You can also use this link to view and reply to any student comments made in DocViewer.

To copy text from the assignment, tap the Copy button [3].

To delete a highlight annotation, tap the highlighted area and tap the Delete icon [4]. Deleting an annotation will also delete any associated comments immediately.

Add Text Annotation

Add Text Annotation

To add text directly in the submission, tap the Free text annotation icon [1].

Tap the color for the text annotation in the color panel [2].

Tap the area where you want to add the annotation [3].

Add Text in Annotation

In the text field [1], enter the text you want to add for the annotation. To change the size of the text, tap the point link [2].

When you are done, tap the Done link [3].

Modify Text Annotation

Modify Text Annotation

To modify the annotation, tap the annotation text box [1].

To move the annotation, tap and hold the annotation outline in the document. Drag the annotation to the new area.

To change the text size or color, tap the Inspector button [2].

To edit the annotated text, tap the Edit button [3].

To copy the text in the annotation, tap the Copy button [4].

To delete a text annotation, tap the Delete icon [5]. Deleting an annotation will also delete any associated comments immediately.

Add Strikeout Text Annotation

Add Strikeout Text Annotation

To indicate that text should be deleted, tap the Strikeout annotation icon [1].

Tap the color for the strikeout line in the color panel [2].

Tap and drag to strikeout text within the submission. A line will appear indicating the text has been struck out [3].

Modify Strikeout Text Annotation

Modify Strikeout Text Annotation

To modify the annotation, tap the annotation [1].

To style the strikeout as a solid line or a highlighted background, the strikeout color, or opacity, tap the Style button [2].

To add a comment, tap the Note button [3]. You can also use this link to view and reply to any student comments made in DocViewer.

To copy the text in the annotation, tap the Copy button [4].

To delete a strikeout annotation, tap the Delete icon [5]. Deleting an annotation will also delete any associated comments.

Add Draw Annotation

Add Draw Annotation

To make freehand drawings and annotations, tap the Draw annotation icon [1].

Tap the color for the drawn annotation in the color panel [2].

Tap and drag to start a drawing. Free-form lines will appear indicating the drawing area [3]. You can add multiple strokes to a drawn annotation.

Modify Draw Annotation

Modify Draw Annotation

To modify the annotation, ensure the annotation type is not selected, then tap the annotation. A blue outline will display around the annotation drawing [1]. To move the annotation, tap and hold the draw annotation outline in the document. Drag the annotation to the new area.

To add a comment to your drawn annotation, tap the Note button [2]. You can also use this link to view and reply to any student comments made in DocViewer. 

To copy your annotation, tap the Copy button [3].

To delete a drawing at any time, tap the Delete icon [4]. Deleting an annotation will also delete any associated comments immediately.

Add Area Annotation

Add Area Annotation

To leave an area annotation, tap the Area annotation icon [1].

Tap the color for the area annotation in the color panel [2].

Tap and drag the rectangle around an area of the submission [3]. A box will appear indicating the area for the annotation.

Modify Area Annotation

Modify Area Annotation

To modify the annotation, deselect the annotation type [1]. Tap the annotation icon in the document [2]. A blue outline will display around the annotation area.

To move the annotation, tap and hold the area annotation outline in the document. Drag the annotation to the new area.

To change the color for the annotation, tap the Inspector button [3].

To add a comment to the annotation, tap the Note button [4]. You can also use this link to view and reply to any student comments made in DocViewer.

To copy the annotation, tap the Copy button [5].

To delete the annotation, tap the Delete icon [5]. Deleting an annotation will also delete any associated comments.