How do I view course 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.

Course files include any content uploaded to your course. By default, each course has 500 MB of storage space in Canvas. Administrators can change the quota for the entire institution or on a course-by-course basis. Files uploaded to your course will not count towards your personal file quota.

If the Course Files link is shown in the Course Navigation menu, course files can be viewed by any user in the course. Learn how to manage Course Navigation links.

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 Files

Open Files

In Course Navigation, click the Files link.

View Course Files

All published course files can be viewed by all course users [1]. However, some files may restrict access to specific users.

You can view your user quota and what percentage of that quota has been used [2]. Learn how to manage course files.

If you want to see the files for all your courses, click the All My Files link [3].

View Files for All Courses

Canvas displays your User Files page with all course folders displayed below your user files.