How do I use the Global Navigation Menu?

If your Global Navigation Menu does not match the design shown in this lesson, your institution has enabled the New Canvas User Interface. For updated details about this feature, please view the Global Navigation Menu (New Canvas UI) lesson.

The Global Navigation Menu is found in the top portion of Canvas. It helps you see an overview of all your Courses, Groups, Grades, and Calendar events. Global Navigation also includes the Help Corner, which provides easy access to all your personal user links.

View Global Navigation Menu

Global Navigation links appear at the top of every Canvas page and provide quick access to frequently used Canvas features [1]. These links show information about all your courses collectively.

The Help Corner [2] is also part of the Global Navigation menu and provides access to your individual user links.

View Courses

View Courses

To view your courses, click the Courses link [1]. (If you are also enrolled in groups, the link will show Courses & Groups.)

A drop-down menu [2] will display any courses where you are enrolled, along with your user role. This menu also displays any courses marked as favorites. If no courses are selected as favorites, the course list will display all current courses.

To view a course in the course list, click the name of the course [3]. To customize your courses list or view all your Canvas courses, click the View All or Customize link [4].  

View Courses & Groups

View Courses & Groups

If you are enrolled in Groups, the Current Groups section displays all groups where you are enrolled, along with the associated course. Groups display regardless of whether the associated course appears in the courses list.

To view a group, click the name of the group [1]. If there are more groups than can be shown in the menu, you can click the View all groups link [2].

Note: Groups cannot be customized in the drop-down menu.

View Grades

View Grades

To view Grades for your courses, click the Grades link.

View Courses I'm Taking

View Courses I'm Taking

If you are enrolled in a course as a student, the Courses I'm Taking heading displays the name of your course and a current overall grade, if available [1]. If no grades have been assigned, the grade appears as no grade [2].

To view grading details, click the name of the course [3].

View Courses I'm Teaching

View Courses I'm Teaching

If you are enrolled in a course as an instructor, the page also displays a Courses I'm Teaching heading that shows the name of the course and the current overall grade average [1], which displays the number of students who are part of the average score. If no grades have been assigned, the grade appears as no grade [2].

To view grading details in the Gradebook, click the name of the course [3]. To view interactions with your students and student activity in the course, click the Student Interactions Report link [4].

View Calendar

View Calendar

To view your Calendar, click the Calendar link.

Learn more about the calendar.

View Commons (Instructors)

View Commons (Instructors)

If you are an instructor and your institution is participating in Canvas Commons, your Global Navigation Menu will include a Commons link. Learn more about Canvas Commons.

View Help Corner

View Help Corner

The Help Corner provides easy access to your personal user links and appears at the top of every page in Canvas. You can view your Conversations Inbox [1], view your user settings [2], log out of Canvas [3], and get help with Canvas [4].

Note: If your institution allows you to create a profile (as part of your user settings), you can click your name to view your profile directly.