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How do I annotate a file as an assignment submission in Canvas?

Your instructor may upload a file for you to annotate as your assignment submission. You can annotate the file and submit the annotated file as your assignment submission from within Canvas.

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Select Assignment

Select Assignment

Click the title of the assignment.

Start Assignment

Start Assignment

Click the Start Assignment button.

Open Student Annotation


Click the Student Annotation tab.

Annotate Assignment


To annotate your assignment submission, use the annotation tools in the DocViewer menu. Learn more about how to use DocViewer.

To download the file, click the Download icon [1].

To rotate the document clockwise by 90 degrees, click the Rotate icon [2].

To zoom in or out, click the Zoom in or Zoom out icons [3].

To view the document in full screen, click the Fullscreen icon [4].

To select and move annotations, click the Selection icon [5].

To add a point annotation, click the Point Annotation icon [6].

To add a highlight annotation, click the Highlight Annotation icon [7].

To add a text annotation, click the Freetext Annotation icon [8].

To add a strikeout annotation, click the Strikeout Annotation icon [9].

To add a drawing annotation, click the Free Draw Annotation icon [10].

To add an area annotation, click the Area Annotation icon [11].

Submit Assignment


To submit your assignment, click the Submit Assignment button.

View Submission

The Sidebar displays information about your submission [1].

If allowed by your instructor, you may choose to resubmit another version of your assignment by clicking the New Attempt button [2]. You will only be able to view the details of your most recent submission in the Sidebar, but your instructor will be able to see all of your submissions.

Once the instructor has graded your submission, the Grades link in Course Navigation displays a grading indicator. You can also see details about your assignment and links to additional feedback in your Grades page.


  • After submitting an assignment, the assignment will still appear in Assignments and in the Syllabus; the listing is not removed with assignment submissions.
  • When you resubmit an assignment, you can only access and view your most recent submission. However, instructors can view all of your submissions.