How do I use Draft State in Pages?

Draft State allows content in Pages to exist in an unpublished (draft) state. Unpublished content is invisible to students.

Note: If you use Modules in your course and add a Page to a Module, please be aware that the state of the Module overrides the state of all module items. You may want to consider leaving Pages unpublished until you are ready to publish the entire Module. For more information please see the Modules Draft State lesson.

Open Pages

Open Pages

In Course Navigation, click the Pages link.

View Pages

Pages is designed to open to the designated front page for the course. Global settings are at the top of the page [1], followed by the individual page content [2].  

You can also use the Front Page for the course home page.   

View Pages Global Settings

For individual pages, global settings include Viewing All Pages [1], publishing and unpublishing the page [2], and editing the page [3]. In the Settings drop-down menu [4], you can delete the page and view the page history.

Note: You cannot delete a page that is set as the Front Page.

View Status within an Individual Page

Within individual pages, the page status is shown next to the page settings.

Publish a Page

To publish a page, click the Publish button. The button will change from gray to green.  

Unpublish a Page

To unpublish a page, hover over the published button. The hover text will confirm you want to unpublish the page, and the button will change from gray to red. Click the button to confirm.

Note: You cannot unpublish a page that has been set to the Front Page.

View All Pages

To view the Pages Index from the Front Page or any individual page, click the View All Pages button.

View Pages Index

The Pages Index has one global function at the top of the page, which is to create new Pages [1].

The rest of the Index displays the individual pages created in Canvas [2]. Your front page is identified with a gray Front Page tag [3].

Sort Pages

Pages displays the page title, creation date, and last edit of each page in your course. Pages are arranged in alphabetical order. You can view the pages within the Index in ascending or descending order by clicking the arrow next to the heading.

Manage Individual Pages

For each individual page, you can use the settings drop-down menu [1] to edit the page title or delete the page. You can also set any page as your front page through the page settings.

To edit a page, click the name of the page [2].

Note: If a page has not been published, you cannot set it as your Front Page.

View Status of All Pages

View Status of All Pages

On the Index page, you can view the status of each page. Green cloud icons with a white checkmark [1] indicate the page is published. Solid gray cloud icons [2] indicate unpublished pages. You can change the status of a page by toggling the published and unpublished icons.

Publish a Page

Publish a Page

To publish a page, click the unpublished icon. The hover text will confirm you want to publish the page.

Unpublish a Page

Unpublish a Page

To unpublish a page, hover over the published icon. The hover text will confirm you want to unpublish the page, and the icon will change from gray to red. Click the icon to confirm.

Pages Student View

Students cannot see any of the actions involved with Draft State, such as published and unpublished icons and setting icons. Students will only see published pages, which are posted in gray text.

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