How do I move and organize my files?

Note: Files are organized in alphabetical order. While you can still move files into folders, you cannot rearrange the alphabetized structure of the files and folders.

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Open Files

Open Files

In Course Navigation, click the Files link.

Move Files

Click the file icon and drag the file to the desired folder. Once you see the folder highlighted, release your mouse. The file has been moved.

Note: You can only move a file within the right pane or from the right pane to the left pane. Files are organized in alphabetical order. While you can still move files into folders, you cannot rearrange the alphabetized structure of the files and folders.

Move an Individual File via the Move Button or Settings Icon

Select the file. Click the Move button [1] or click the Settings icon [2] and then click the Move link [3].

A popup window will appear asking you where you want to move the file. Select the folder [4] and click the Move button [5].

Move Multiple Files

To select multiple files, press the command key (Mac) or the control key (Windows) while clicking each file you want to select.

To select all files, click the command + A keys (Mac) or the control + A keys (Windows).

To select a range of files click the first file you want to select, hold down the Shift key, and then click the last file you want to select. All files between the first and the last file will be selected.

Note: You can also use the same key command to deselect a file.

Organize Files

Your files can be easily managed using a basic click-and-drag method; however, you can only drag from right to left or within the right pane. You cannot drag from left-to-right. Files are organized in alphabetical order. While you can still move files into folders, you cannot rearrange the alphabetized structure of the files and folders.

Move Files from Right to Left

Drag and drop from the right pane to the left pane.

Replace Uploaded File

Replace Uploaded File

You can replace or rename files once they have been uploaded to Canvas by clicking in Files. If the file already exists in the folder, you will be asked if you want to replace or rename it.

  1. To rename the file, click Change Name and there will be a copy made.
  2. To replace the file, click Replace and the file will be replaced.

Rename File

If ever you need to change the file name, click the Settings icon [1] and then click the Rename link [2]. Change the name of the file [3]. Press Return (MAC) or Enter (PC).

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