How do I delete 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 delete a file in courses, groups, or personal files. This process also applies to deleting folders. Once a file is deleted, it cannot be recovered.

Note: The Unfiled Folder stores documents, graphics, and any other files from your account that you have posted to different areas of Canvas, such as Discussions. Deleting these items within current courses may create broken links and submissions. 

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.

Delete File

Select the file you want to delete. Click the Delete icon [1] to delete the file. Or click the Settings icon [2] and then click the Delete link [3]. A pop-up window will appear in your browser.

Note: Currently you can only delete one file at a time.

Confirm Deletion

Confirm Deletion

Click OK to delete the file.