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What feature options can I enable in my user account as an instructor?

Canvas is continually creating new features to improve your user experience. The majority of improvements will be made available as part of our regular release cycle. However, some features may affect your personal interaction with Canvas. Learn more about User Feature Options and how to enable them in the manage new features lesson.

High Contrast UI

High Contrast UI

By default this feature is set to Off.

The High Contrast UI feature option allows you to view Canvas using high contrast styles. This feature enhances the color contrast of the user interface (text, buttons, etc.) so they are more distinct and easier to identify in Canvas. However, institutional branding is not supported when this feature is enabled, so you will not be able to view the institution's logo or other elements.

Underline Links

By default this feature is set to Off.

The Underline Links feature option allows you to view Canvas interface links as underlined text. When enabled, this feature underlines hyperlinks in navigation menus, the Dashboard, and page sidebars. This feature option does not apply to user-generated content links in the Rich Content Editor, which always underlines links for all users.

Course Set-Up Tutorial

Course Set-Up Tutorial

This feature only displays if your institution has enabled the Canvas course setup tutorial. By default, this feature only displays for new users enrolled as instructors and is set to Off.

The Course Set-up Tutorial feature option allows you to view the course set-up tutorial. When enabled, this feature displays a tutorial in each Course Navigation index page that shows you the purpose of the page and what to do next. The tutorial applies to all of your courses in Canvas where you are enrolled as an instructor.

Gradebook CSV Separator Preferences

You can set how you want to view separators in Gradebook Export CSV files, depending on your locale or preference.

Separator options are managed through one of three feature options in User Settings. Currently, these options only apply to exporting Gradebook CSV files but may apply to other CSV files in a future release.

Include Byte-Order Mark in Gradebook Exports

Include Byte-Order Mark in Gradebook Exports

The Include Byte-Order Mark feature option generates a specific set of three characters at the beginning of the CSV file. These characters, known as a byte-order mark, help some versions of Microsoft Excel understand that the CSV file is a UTF-8 encoded file. It also tells some localized versions of Excel that they should treat the incoming CSV file as if it were semicolon-separated by default. Because some versions of Excel do not understand or honor the byte-order mark, this feature allows all users to disable generation of this byte-order mark.

Use Semicolons to Separate Fields in Gradebook Exports

Use Semicolons to Separate Fields in Gradebook Exports

The Use semicolons to separate fields feature option generates CSV files with semicolons as the field separators instead of the default comma. When disabled, this feature falls back to behavior determined by the state of the Autodetect field separators option.

Note: This feature is automatically disabled if the Autodetect Field Separators option is enabled.

Autodetect Field Separators in Gradebook Exports

Autodetect Field Separators in Gradebook Exports

The Autodetect field separators feature option attempts to determine the appropriate field separator as indicated by the language set in the user’s account. For languages where the decimal separator is a dot, (e.g. 1,234.56), autodetection will choose a comma as the field separator. For languages where the decimal separator is a comma, (e.g. 1.234,56), autodetection will choose a semicolon as the field separator. For all other cases, autodetection will choose a comma as the field separator as a default.

Note: This feature is automatically disabled if the Use semicolons to separate fields option is enabled.