Where is the Front Page and how do I edit it?

The Front Page is the first page your students will see when they enter your course, if you choose to have the course home page set to the page. Use this page to show a welcome message, links, images, or other information for students.


  • If you have not set a page as the Front Page, Canvas will ask you to set a Front Page before you can choose the Pages Front Page option when choosing a home page layout.
  • Before setting the Front Page, the page must be published.
  • Once you set a Front Page, there will always be a designated Front Page. However, you can change the Front Page as much as you would like.

Open Pages

Open Pages

In Course Navigation, click the Pages link.

View Pages

Pages is designed to open to the front page for the course, if there is a front page selected. Click the View All Pages button to select a page from the Pages Index.

Note: When you create a new course, clicking the Pages link will open to the Pages Index. Front Pages are not automatically created for the course.

Select Page

The Front Page will be indicated by a gray Front Page tag [1]. If you do not have a Front Page selected, click the Settings icon and select Use as Front Page [2]. To edit the page, click the name of the page [3].

Note: Before setting the Front Page, the page must be published [4].

Edit Page

Edit Page

Click the Edit button.

Edit Page Content

Edit content on your page using the Content Selector [1]. You can also edit the content using the Rich Content Editor [2] or switch to the HTML Editor [3].

Save Changes

Save Changes

You can notify users of changes to the Front Page by selecting the Notify users that this content has changed checkbox [1]. Click the Save button [2].

View Page

View the updated changes.

Student View

Students will see all the content you publish on the Front Page.

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