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.

If you are not using the Usage Rights feature option, please view the archived version of this lesson.

Open Files

Open Files

In Course Navigation, click the Files link.

Choose File

Click the name of the file you wish to preview.

Preview File

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

You can scroll through the document, zoom in and out, and view the document in full screen.

View Button

You can also preview a file by clicking the View button.