How do I preview a file as an instructor?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

You can preview a file in a course, group, or personal file storage area.

Open Files

Open Files

In Course Navigation, click the Files link.

Open File

Click the name of the file you want to preview.

Open File via Toolbar

You can also click the line item for the file [1] and click the View icon [2].

Preview File

The preview toolbar displays the file and file information details, as well as a link to download the file [1].

For documents [2], you can scroll through the document, zoom in and out, and view the document in full screen.