How do I compose a message?
There are two ways to address a message to an individual: Type their name in the To: field, or use the course roster.
Note: You can only message a student before a course is published if the student has accepted the course invitation.
Click the Pencil and Paper icon to compose a new message.
Type Name in the To: Field
When you start typing an individual's name in the To: field, Canvas will automatically pull up matching names. If multiple names appear, use the arrow key to select the individual you want to message. Then press Enter. The individual's name will appear in the To: field, highlighted in light blue.
If you accidentally select the wrong individual(s), press Delete (on a MAC keyboard) or Backspace (on a PC keyboard) to remove the name(s).
You can also hover over a recipient name and click on the white x to delete it from the To: field.
Use Course Roster
To select an individual from the course roster, click the Address Book icon  next to the To: field. From the course drop-down list, click the course name. Locate the individual and select the checkbox next to his or her name . To navigate back to the list of courses, use the arrow icon .
To exit the course roster menu, press Return (on a MAC keyboard) or Enter (on a PC keyboard).
View Sent Message
Your message will appear as at the top of your Inbox Conversations . If you already have a conversation thread with the person you sent a message to, your message will appear embedded in the thread .