How do I upload a file from Google Drive as an assignment submission in Canvas?

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If your institution has enabled Google Docs or Google Drive as a submission type, you can upload a file from Google Drive for an assignment. Unlike other assignment submissions, files from Google Drive are not uploaded into your Canvas user files.

Canvas accepts Google Doc, Google Sheet, and Google Slide files. You can also upload any uploaded Word (.doc/.docx), Excel (.xls/.xlsx), PowerPoint (.ppt/.pptx), and PDF files not converted to Google Docs formatting.

Notes:

  • If the Google Docs or Google Drive tab is not available in your submission, your institution has not enabled this feature.
  • If your course displays a link to your Google Drive in the Course Navigation Menu, your course has enabled Google Drive directly. Otherwise, you must enable Google Drive a web service in your user profile to upload Google Drive files.
  • In Google Drive assignments, you can only submit one file for your submission.
  • When Google Drive files (docs, sheets, and slides) are uploaded as a submission, the files convert to their Microsoft counterpart file types and appear in the submission as respective Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files. This conversion essentially preserves the submission in its current state; any changes made to the file in Google Drive will not be updated in the submission.

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Select Assignment

Select Assignment

Click the title of the assignment.

Submit Assignment

Submit Assignment

Click the Submit Assignment button.

Open Google Doc

Open Google Doc

Click the Google Doc or Google Drive tab.  

Note: If the Google Doc or Google Drive tab is not available, your institution has not enabled this feature.

Submit Assignment

Submit Assignment

Google Drive will display a list of all allowed file types. Click the name of the file [1], then click the Submit Assignment button [2].

View Submission

  View Submission 

View the confirmation of your assignment submission.

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