Updating my displayed name in Canvas

You may be able to change your displayed name if your institution allows it.

Notes:

  • If you cannot update your display name, you may need to contact your institution's Canvas admin to request help. In most cases, institutions disable this setting in order to manage name changes within their student information systems. Your institution can provide directions for updating your name.
  • Depending on your institution’s Canvas/SIS import schedule, any updates made may take time to update in their systems and in Canvas. Generally, this delay is around 24 hours.

Open User Settings

Open User Settings

In Global Navigation, click the Account link [1]. Then click the Settings link [2].

 

However, you may find this option is not available to you. Your institution has the ability to disable you from editing your name directly in Canvas.  

 

 

Edit Settings

Edit Settings

In the sidebar, click the Edit Settings link.

Update Display Name

Update Display Name

Enter your preferred name in the Display Name field [1], then click the Update Settings button [2].

Learn more about your Canvas user settings.