How do I move and organize my files 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 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, 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

Locate the file you want to move. Click the icon for 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

You can also manage your files 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.

Note: Instructors can drag and drop files from their personal files into course files.

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 the icon of 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.