Canvas Guides (en)Recent Updates

Recent Updates

  • You can add folders in both user and group files. Folders can be used to organize your files.

    Learn how to locate your user files and group files.

    Tags Canvas, Files, Folder, Student, Student Guide
  • Updated on: Aug 05, 2017

    How do I rename a file as a student?

    You can rename your files at any time using the Rename option in the file's settings menu. You can rename files in both user and group files.

    Learn how to locate your user files and group files.


    • If you add a file to another area of Canvas (e.g. Groups or Assignments) and then rename the file in your user files, the file rename will not update in any other Canvas location and must be changed manually. Please ensure that your file names are correct in your user files before using them in other content areas.
    • Files that have been submitted as part of an assignment cannot be renamed.
    Tags Canvas, Files, Student, Student Guide
  • You can move and organize your personal and group files. Files are organized in alphabetical order. While you can still move files into folders, you cannot rearrange the alphabetized structure of the files and folders.

    Learn how to locate your user files and group files.

    Note: Files that have been submitted as part of an assignment cannot be moved.

    Tags Canvas, Files, Student, Student Guide
  • Updated on: Aug 05, 2017

    How do I use Files as a student?

    As a student, Files allows you to store files and assignments within Canvas. You can upload one or multiple files, view all details about your files, and preview files. Files is built with responsive design to adjust for browser scaling. The folder navigation window, file displays, and even file names adjust to the width of the browser window.

    View a video about files.

    You may have access to files (documents, images, media, etc.) in three different feature areas:

    • User files, located in your user account
    • Course files, located in each course where you are enrolled (if your instructor allows you to view Course Files)
    • Group files, located in each group where you are a member
    Tags Canvas, Files, Student, Student Guide
  • If your instructor allows file attachments, you can attach a file to a discussion reply using the attachment icon. Attachments can be added to both graded and non-graded discussions.

    Any attachments added as part of discussions are copied to your user files. Attachments for graded discussions are not counted against your user quota and cannot be deleted.


    • If the attachment icon does not display, this option is not available in your course.
    • If your attachment causes you to exceed your user file quota, the file may fail to attach to an ungraded discussion.
    • If you have permission to edit or delete discussion replies, editing a reply also allows you to remove an attachment.
    Tags attach file, Canvas, Discussions, file, Student, Student Guide
  • Updated on: Aug 05, 2017

    How do I view Discussions as a student?

    The Discussion Index page allows you to view all the discussions within a course.

    Note: Your instructor may choose to hide the Discussions link in Course Navigation. If the Discussions link is not available, you can still access Discussions through other areas of Canvas.

    Tags Canvas, Discussions, Student, Student Guide
  • Submission Comments allows users to view all comments sent and received from assignment submissions. You can reply to submission comments directly from Conversations.

    You can also reply to comments directly from assignment submissions. Learn how to view assignment comments from your instructor.

    Tags Canvas, Conversations, Student, Student Guide, submission comment
  • You can record or upload video and audio files as part of your Conversations messages.

    For more information about supported uploaded media types, please see the Canvas Media Files lesson.

    Note: Attachments appear in your user files in the Conversation Attachments folder and count against the files limit for your account.

    Tags attach media comment, Canvas, Conversations, media comment, Student, Student Guide
  • If your institution has enabled the Scheduler tool, you can sign up for any appointments that are created for your course using the Scheduler page. Appointments can include office hours, group presentation time slots, and lunch with an alumnus.

    Scheduler is an optional feature that may not be available to you in the Calendar.

    Note: Currently, Scheduler has two options for viewing appointments. This lesson is for users with the Scheduler button as a calendar view. If your calendar does not display the Scheduler button, you can only sign up for appointments in the calendar sidebar.

    Tags Calendar, Canvas, scheduler, Student, Student Guide
  • Turnitin provides an originality report and similarity index letting the instructor know how much of your assignment is original.

    Depending on the Turnitin settings, after you have submitted your assignment, you may be able to view Turnitin results immediately or after the due date.

    Your instructor also has the option to restrict the originality report from being shown in your assignment. If the originality report does not appear in the assignment submission details, your instructor has restricted this feature.

    Note: The originality report for an initial assignment submission may take a minimum of ten minutes to generate.

    Tags Assignments, Canvas, Grades, Student, Student Guide, Submission Details, Turnitin