What do the icons and colors in the Gradebook represent?

There are different icons and colors in the new Gradebook. Depending on how you grade assignments (manually or otherwise), you will see different icons or colors.

Icons and colors are simply gradebook indicators to assist you with course grading. All assignments count toward a student's total grade unless they are excused assignments.

For more information on grading assignments, please visit the Assignments and Grades lessons in the Canvas Guides.

Submission Type Icons

The following icons represent different assignment functions in the Gradebook:

  • Discussion Icon [1]: Graded discussion submitted, but not graded
  • Document Icon [2]: File upload submitted or external tool assignment submitted, not graded
  • Filmstrip Icon [3]: Media recording submitted, not graded
  • Text Icon [4]: Text entry submitted, not graded
  • Link Icon [5]: Website URL submitted, not graded
  • Muted Icon [6]: Assignment muted. When weighted assignment groups are not enabled, the total column also includes a warning icon notifying you that the grade you see differs from the grade the students see because one or more graded assignments are muted.
  • Quiz icon [7]: Quiz submitted, not graded (contains questions that must be manually graded, or an auto-submitted quiz score has been deleted and needs to be reassigned

Grading Types

Each grading type shows up differently in the Gradebook. Here you can see how each grading type is represented:


Note: In the Total column, you will see a percentage that represents your total grade at that time. Next to the percentage you will see the letter grade you have, based on the percentage.

Differentiated Assignments

If your course uses differentiated assignments, students who were not assigned an assignment, graded discussion, or a quiz do not include a dash in their submission cells. Additionally, the cells are grayed out.

Warning Icons

The following icons represent different warnings in the Gradebook:

  • Blue Warning Icon [1]: Notifies you that the assignment is part of an assignment group with no points possible and cannot be included in the final grade calculation, or the assignment does not count toward the final grade.
  • Black Warning Icon [2]: Notifies you that the final score does not include one of the assignment groups because the group has zero points possible (the warning will tell you which assignment group is affected). This icon only displays in the total column related to assignment group errots. 


You can correct the assignment group warnings by making sure a weighted assignment group has an assignment worth more than zero points, or, if an assignment is supposed to have zero points, adding another assignment with more than zero points to the assignment group.



There are different colors with various meanings in the Gradebook. Here you can see what each color represents:

  • Yellow Shading [1]: Resubmitted assignment
  • Pink Shading [2]: Late submission
  • Gray Lined Shading [3]: Dropped grade

Closed Grading Periods

Closed Grading Periods

If your course uses multiple grading periods, submission cells for an entire assignment in a closed grading period are grayed out in the Gradebook. Assignments in a closed grading period cannot be edited.

Turnitin Icons

Turnitin Icons

If you created a Turnitin assignment, the Gradebook displays Turnitin score icons in the Gradebook. To view details of the score, click the icon and view more details in SpeedGrader:

  • Gray icon [1]: Originality report has not been generated yet
  • Color icon [2]: Originality report has returned a score; the color is based on the originality percentage score