How do I preview a file as a student?

Document created by Canvas Doc Team Employee on Apr 19, 2017Last modified by Canvas Doc Team Employee on Jun 20, 2020
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You can preview a file in a course, group, or user file storage area.

Learn how to locate your user files, course files, and group files.

Open File

Open File

In user, group, or course files, click the name of the file you want to preview.

Note: Some instructors will lock files or folders so students can't access them. Also, some file types may not render a preview.

Open File via Toolbar

Preview File via Button

You can also click the line item for the file and click the View icon.

Preview File

  Preview File

The preview toolbar displays the file and file information details, as well as a link to download the file [1].

For documents [2], you can scroll through the document, zoom in and out, and view the document in full screen.

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