How do I view my user files as an instructor?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). This lesson may include two images for specific steps to show the difference between the two designs. Unless otherwise indicated, the functionality and location of the components remain the same. The view available to you is determined by your institution.

User files include profile pictures, uploaded assignment submissions, and other files uploaded to your personal Canvas file storage area. By default, each user has 50 MB of storage space in Canvas. Administrators can change the quota for user files for the entire institution.

Note: When using the Rich Content Editor in a course, you cannot access files from your user files. To add files to a course, the file must reside in the files for the course. However, you can embed images from your user files using the Rich Content Editor.

Open User Files

Open User Files

In Global Navigation, click the Account link [1], then click the Files link [2].

Open User Settings in Legacy UI

Open User Settings in Legacy UI

If you are using the legacy interface, in the Help Corner, click the Settings link.

Open User Files in Legacy UI

Open User Files in Legacy UI

In User Navigation, click the Files link.

View User Files

All your user folders display in the left panel [1]. View files in the right panel by clicking the name of a folder.

You can view your user quota and what percentage of that quota has been used [2]. If you are enrolled in any courses as a student, files that have been submitted as assignments do not apply to the user quota and are stored in the unfiled folder.

View Files for Courses/Groups

Course folders are displayed below your user files. If your Canvas admin added you to a group, group folders display in the sidebar as well.

You can drag and drop files from your user files into a course or group folder.