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.
  • Files with a lock icon cannot be renamed.

Rename File

Rename File

In user or group files, to rename a file, click the line item for the file [1].

Click the Options icon [2], then click the Rename link [3].

Type New Name

In the text field, change the name of the file [1]. To save the name of the file, press the Return (Mac) or Enter (PC) key or click the Check button [2]. To return to the previous title, click the Cancel button [3].

Note: Renaming or removing the extension in the file name may strip the extension from the file when it is downloaded.

View File

View File

View the new name of your file.