How do I filter Conversations?

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You can filter the Conversations in your Inbox for easier organization, especially if you are enrolled in multiple courses. Filtering Conversations allow you to selectively view conversation messages by course, inbox, or user.

Open Inbox

Open Inbox

In Global Navigation, click the Inbox link.

Open Inbox in Legacy UI

Open Inbox in Legacy UI

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

Filter by Course

Filter by Course

You can filter your inbox by types of courses. Your Inbox may contain one or more of the following options:

  • Current courses in your Favorites menu [1]
  • More courses that are not in your Favorites [2]
  • Concluded courses [3]
  • Current or concluded groups [4]

Filter by Inbox

Filter by Inbox

You can also filter by Inbox type. By default, Conversations displays everything in your inbox.

View Unread Messages

View Unread Messages

The Unread filter displays all unread conversations in your inbox. Learn how to view and manage unread messages.

View Starred Messages

View Starred Messages

The Starred filter displays all starred messages in your inbox. Starred messages are marked as important so you can locate them later. Learn how to star a message.

View Sent Messages

View Sent Messages

The Sent filter displays all your sent messages, both to individual users or multiple users. If you send a message to a user, and you do not yet have an existing message thread with that user in the inbox, the message appears in the Sent filter until the user replies.

If you are an instructor, sent messages also include messages sent from the Gradebook.

View Archived Conversations

View Archived Conversations

The Archived filter displays all archived conversations. Learn how to archive a conversation.

Note: Sent messages cannot be archived. Additionally, archived messages do not include deleted messages, which are completely removed from Conversations.

View Submission Comments

View Submission Comments

The Submission Comments filter displays all comments associated with course assignments and feedback. Learn how to reply to submission comments.

Filter by User

To filter by user, type the name of a user in the filter field [1], or browse for the course, group, or user by selecting the Address Book icon [2].