How do I upload a file to a course?

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You can add a file to your course by uploading a file. You can also import files using the course import tool in Course Settings.

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

Note: Video and audio uploads to Canvas through the media tool can be up to 500 MB in size.

Open Files

Open Files

In Course Navigation, click the Files link.

Upload File

  Upload File 

Click the Upload button.

Open File

Open File

Click the title of the file you want to upload [1] and click the Open button [2].

Upload Files via Drag and Drop

  Upload Files via Drag and Drop 

Some web browsers contain a unique feature that allows the user to add to files by simply dragging and dropping the files from a file window directly into the Canvas file repository. Click the title of the file you wish to add [1] and drag the file to your open browser [2]. Your file will automatically upload.

Replace Duplicate File

Replace Duplicate File

If a file with the same name already exists in the folder where you are uploading your file, you will be asked if you want to replace or rename it.

To rename the file, click Change Name button [1]. This option will create a duplicate copy of the file with a different name.

To replace the file, click the Replace button [2].

View Upload Progress

View Upload Progress

A progress bar will appear at the top of screen tracking the progress of your file upload.

View File

View File

View your new file in the course.

Note: If you are using Usage Rights, you must set the file usage rights before the file can be published.

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