How do I use DocViewer in Canvas assignments as a student?

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Canvas DocViewer is a tool that allows annotations on online assignment submissions in Canvas. You can use DocViewer to view annotated feedback in the assignment details section of the sidebar from your instructor or from other students in peer review assignments.

When you open a submission, DocViewer will automatically save any annotations made to the submission file for one hour. You can restart a DocViewer session at any time by refreshing the submission page.

If your browser includes a built-in PDF viewer, select the option to view the PDF in the system viewer.

Compatible DocViewer Files

If a submission includes a file that can be rendered in DocViewer, but the submission preview is not yet complete, Canvas will generate a message stating the document is still processing.

Notes:

  • Files over 100 MB and password-protected files will not be converted by DocViewer.
  • DocViewer annotations can be viewed in the Canvas by Instructure app.

View DocViewer Toolbar

The DocViewer Toolbar helps you manage the assignment submission.

To zoom in and out on the submission, use the Zoom buttons [1].

To view the submission in full screen, click the Full Screen button [2].

To annotate the submission, use the annotation tools [3].

If there are multiple pages, the Page number field [4] will let you advance through the submission to find the page you want to annotate. To go to another page, enter the page number in the Page field. You can also use the scroll bar in the content window to advance through the submission.

To download a PDF of the annotated submission, click the Download button [5].

Add Point Annotation

To leave a point annotation, select the Point annotation type [1].

Select the color for the point annotation in the color panel [2].

Click the desired area of the submission [3]. The point annotation icon will appear indicating the location of the annotation. To add a comment to the point annotation, type the comment in the Comment field [4]. To start a new line in your comment, click the Shift+Enter/Return key. To submit your comment, click the Enter/Return key.

You can reply to student DocViewer comments by clicking the Reply button [5].

To move the annotation, hover over the point annotation icon in the document. Click and drag the annotation to the new area.

To delete a point annotation, click the Delete icon [6]. DocViewer will confirm you want to delete the annotation. Deleting an annotation will also delete any associated comments.

Add Highlight Annotation

To highlight text within the document, select the Highlight annotation type [1].  

Select the color for the highlight annotation in the color panel [2].

Click and drag to highlight text within the submission [3].

To add a comment to the highlight annotation, click the Comment button [4].

To delete a highlight annotation, hover over the highlighted area and click the Delete icon [5]. DocViewer will confirm you want to delete the highlight. Deleting an annotation will also delete any associated comments.

Add Text Annotation

To add text directly in the submission, select the Free text annotation type [1].

Select the color for the text annotation in the color panel [2].

Click in the desired area of the submission, then type your entry [3]. To start a new line in your comment, click the Shift+Enter key.

To move the annotation, hover over the text box in the document. Click and drag the annotation to the new area.

To delete the text annotation, hover over the text box and click the Delete icon [4]. DocViewer will confirm you want to delete the text box.

Add Strikeout Text Annotation

To indicate that text should be deleted, select the Strikeout annotation type [1].

Select the color for the strikeout line in the color panel [2].

Click and drag to strike out within the submission. A line will appear indicating the text has been struck out [3].

To add a comment to the strikeout annotation, click the Comment button [4].

To delete a strikeout annotation, hover over the strikeout area and click the Delete icon [5]. DocViewer will confirm you want to delete the strikeout line. Deleting an annotation will also delete any associated comments.

Add Draw Annotation

To make freehand drawings and annotations, select the Draw annotation type [1].

Select the color for the drawn annotation in the color panel [2].

Click and drag to start a drawing. Free-form lines will appear indicating the drawing area [3]. You can add multiple strokes to a drawn annotation.

To add a comment to your drawn annotation, click the Comment button [4].  

To accept the drawn annotation, click the Check icon [5].

To move a drawing, hover over the outline of the drawing, then drag and drop the drawing to the new area of the document.

To delete a drawing at any time, hover over the drawing and click the Delete icon [6]. DocViewer will confirm you want to delete the drawing. Deleting an annotation will also delete any associated comments.

Add Area Annotation

To leave an area annotation, select the Area annotation type [1].

Select the color for the area annotation in the color panel [2].

Click and drag the rectangle around an area of the submission [3]. A box will appear indicating the area for the annotation.

To add a comment to the area annotation, type the comment in the Comment field [4]. To start a new line in your comment, click the Shift+Enter/Return key. To submit your comment, click the Enter/Return key.

You can reply to student DocViewer comments by clicking the Reply button [5].

To move the annotation, hover over the border. Click and drag the annotation to the new area of the document.

To delete an area annotation, click the Delete icon [6]. DocViewer will confirm you want to delete the comment. Deleting an annotation will also delete any associated comments.

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