How do I use the Global Navigation Menu?

The Global Navigation Menu is located on the left side of every page in Canvas. Global Navigation links provide quick access to frequently used Canvas features. These links provide access to all your courses collectively. Default links include the Dashboard, Courses, Groups, Calendar, Inbox, User Account, and the Help menu.

Depending on your user role and institution account settings, other links may appear in the Global Navigation Menu.

View Account

View Account

To view your user information, click the Account link. A menu will expand and display links to access your profile, user settings, notification preferences, personal files, and ePortfolios. You can also use the Account link to log out of Canvas. Learn more about profile and user settings.

View Admin

View Admin

If you are a Canvas admin, you can access your institution's Canvas accounts and sub-accounts in the Admin link [1]. A menu will expand and display a list of your accounts [2]. To view an account, click the name of the account [3]. To view all your managed accounts, click the All Accounts link [4].

Learn more about accounts and sub-accounts.

View Dashboard

The Dashboard is the landing page after a user logs in to Canvas. The Dashboard can be toggled to a course view or recent activity view and shows notifications for all Canvas courses. Learn more about the Dashboard.

View Courses

View Courses

To view your courses, click the Courses link [1]. A menu will expand and display any courses where you are enrolled [2]. This menu also displays any courses marked as favorites. If no courses are selected as favorites, the course list will display all current courses. If a course includes term dates, the name of the term will appear as part of the course listing.

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

View Groups

View Groups

If you are enrolled in Groups, view your groups in the Groups link [1]. A menu will expand and display all groups where you are enrolled.

To view a group, click the name of the group [2]. To view all your groups, click the All Groups link [3].

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

View Calendar

To view your Calendar, click the Calendar link.

Learn more about the calendar.

View Inbox

To view your Conversations Inbox, click the Inbox link. Conversations is the Canvas messaging system where you can communicate with other users in your courses. The number of new messages are shown as part of the Inbox icon.

Learn more about Conversations.

View Commons

View Commons

If you are an instructor and your institution is participating in Canvas Commons, you can access Commons with the Commons link. Learn more about Canvas Commons.

View Help

View Help

To get help with Canvas, click the Help link [1]. The Help menu will appear [2]. Select the help option that is relevant to your needs. Learn more about the Help menu.

Note: Depending on your user role and institution settings, the Help menu may display different options.

Collapse Global Navigation Menu

Collapse Global Navigation Menu

To expand or collapse the Global Navigation menu, click the arrow icon.

The Global Navigation Menu will be automatically collapsed for tablet screens.