How do I move and organize my files?

You can move and organize the files in your course by dragging and dropping files or using the Move options for each file. Files are always organized in alphabetical order, so you are not able to rearrange the organizational structure of files, but to locate a file you can always sort files by column.

If you are not using the Usage Rights feature option (part of the New Files feature option), please view the New Files version of this lesson. If you are not using the New Files feature option, please view the archived version of this lesson.

Open Files

Open Files

In Course Navigation, click the Files link.

Move File via Move Button or Settings Icon

To move a file, select the file [1].

To move the file via the toolbar, click the Move button [2].

To move the file via file settings, click the Settings icon [3], then click the Move link [4].

A popup window will appear asking you where you want to move the file. Select the folder [1] and click the Move button [2].

Move File via Drag and Drop

Your files can be easily managed using a basic click-and-drag method. 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.

You can also move a file from the right pane to the left pane.

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.

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