Viewing Files

As an instructor, Files allows you to store, upload, and manage your own created documents, images, slidesshows, etc.within Canvas. You can upload one or multiple files, view all details about your files, preview files, publish and unpublish files, set usage rights, and restrict access to files.

Course Files page on Canvas

How do I use Files as an instructor?

Uploading Files

You can add a file to your course by uploading directly to a Module or within an assignment. You can also import files using the course import tool in Course Settings.

Adding files directly into a module in Canvas
Adding Item to Module pop up

As an instructor, you can drag and drop files from your personal files into course files.

Personal files link in the account sidebar
Dragging a file from personal folders to course folders

How do I upload a file to a course?

How do I use Files as an instructor?

Organizing Files

You can move and organize the files in your course by dragging and dropping files or using the Move options for each file. Files are always organized in alphabetical order, so you are not able to rearrange the organizational structure of files, but to locate a file you can always sort files by column. Files can be added to Modules and Content Pages, making it easier for students to find a file. 

File organizing options in Canvas

How do I move and organize my files as an instructor?

How do I add assignment types, pages, and files as module items?

How do I insert course files into the Rich Content Editor using the Content Selector?

Want to learn more?

View all Canvas Guides for Files