How do I add a file to my course?

You can add a file to your course by uploading a file. You can also import files using the course import tool.

Note: Video and audio uploads to Canvas through the media tool can be up to 500 MB in size.

If you are not using the Usage Rights feature option (part of the New Files feature option), please view the New Files version of this lesson. If you are not using the New Files feature option, please view the archived version of this lesson.

Open Files

Open Files

In Course Navigation, click the Files link.

Add Files

Click the Upload button.

Select Files

Select Files

Click the title of the file you wish to upload [1] and click the Open button [2] to upload the file.

Add Files via Drag and Drop

Some web browsers contain a unique feature that allows the user to add to files by simply dragging and dropping the files from a file window directly into the Canvas file repository. Click the title of the file you wish to add [1] and drag the file to your open browser [2]. Your file will automatically upload.

Replace Duplicate File

Replace Duplicate File

If a file with the same name already exists in the folder where you are uploading your file, you will be asked if you want to replace or rename it.

To rename the file, click Change Name button [1].

To replace the file, click the Replace button [2].

Monitor Uploads

Monitor Uploads

A progress bar will appear at the top of screen tracking the progress of your file upload.

View Files

View your new file in the course.

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