How do I add DocViewer annotations in the Teacher app on my Android device?

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When viewing assignment submissions, you may be able to add annotated comments in the submission. Canvas DocViewer is a tool that allows annotations in online assignment submissions. Annotations made in Canvas Teacher sync with SpeedGrader in the web version of Canvas.

If a student submits a file that is not compatible with DocViewer, the document previewer will still display the file, but DocViewer markup and commenting will not be available.

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.

The images in this lesson are shown for a phone display, but unless otherwise noted, tablet displays mirror the same steps.

Notes:

  • Files over 100 MB and password-protected files will not be converted by DocViewer.
  • SpeedGrader may take up to ten minutes after an assignment is submitted to display a document that supports DocViewer.

View Submission

View Submission

Files that are compatible with DocViewer display the DocViewer Toolbar at the top of the document and includes six different annotation types [1]. Select an annotation tool by tapping the annotation icon. When selected, the icon will include a white background. To no longer use an annotation tool, tap the annotation icon again.

If a submission includes more than one page, view the additional pages by swiping up your screen [2].

Add Point Annotation

Add Point Annotation

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

Tap the color for the point annotation background in the color panel [2].

Tap the area where you want to add the annotation [3].

Add Comment

Add Comment

Point annotations immediately require a comment. In the text field [1], type the comment for the point annotation. To edit the background color, tap the Edit icon [2].

To return to the submission, tap the Back icon [3].

Close Comment

To edit your annotation, tap the Edit icon [1]. To delete your annotation, tap the Delete icon [2]. To return to the submission, tap the Back icon [3].

Modify Point Annotation

Modify Point Annotation

To modify the annotation, deselect the annotation type [1]. Tap the annotation icon in the document [2].

To move the annotation, tap and hold the annotation icon. Drag the icon to the new area.

To view and modify your annotation comment, tap the Edit icon [3].

To view all comments for the annotation, tap the Comment icon [4]. You can also use this icon to view and reply to any student comments made in DocViewer.

To delete the annotation, tap the Delete icon [5]. Deleting an annotation will also delete any associated comments immediately.

To return to the submission, tap the Back icon [6].

Add Highlight Annotation

Add Highlight Annotation

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

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

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

Modify Highlight Annotation

Modify Highlight Annotation

To modify the annotation, deselect the annotation type [1]. Tap the annotation in the document [2].

To change the highlight color, tap the Color icon [3].

To delete the annotation, tap the Delete icon [4].

To return to the submission, tap the Back icon [5].

 

Add Text Annotation

Add Text Annotation

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

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

Tap the area where you want to add the annotation [3].

Add Text in Annotation

In the text field [1], enter the text you want to add for the annotation. Tap the OK link [2].

Modify Text Annotation

Modify Text Annotation

To modify the annotation, deselect the annotation type [1]. Tap the annotation in the document [2].

To move the annotation, hold the annotation outline in the document. Drag the annotation to the new area.

To edit the annotated text, tap the Edit button [2].

To change the text color, tap the Color icon [3].

To delete a text annotation, tap the Delete icon [4].

To return to the submission, tap the Back icon [5].

 

Add Strikeout Text Annotation

Add Strikeout Text Annotation

To indicate that text should be deleted, tap the Strikeout annotation icon [1].

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

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

When you are finished adding the annotation, deselect the annotation icon.

Add Comment

Add Comment

To add a comment to the annotation, enter the comment in the Comment field [1]. Tap the OK link [2].

To skip adding a comment, tap the Skip link [3].

Modify Strikeout Text Annotation

Modify Strikeout Text Annotation

To modify the annotation, tap the annotation icon in the document [1].

To change the text color, tap the Color icon [2].

To view or edit a comment, tap the Comment icon [3]. You can also use this icon to view and reply to any student comments made in DocViewer.

To delete a text annotation, tap the Delete icon [4].

To return to the submission, tap the Back icon [5].

Add Draw Annotation

Add Draw Annotation

To make freehand drawings and annotations, tap the Draw annotation icon [1].

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

Tap 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.

When you are finished creating the drawing, deselect the annotation icon.

Add Comment

Add Comment

To add a comment to the annotation, enter the comment in the Comment field [1]. Tap the OK link [2].

To skip adding a comment, tap the Skip link [3].

Modify Draw Annotation

Modify Draw Annotation

To modify the annotation, deselect the annotation type [1]. Tap the annotation icon in the document [2].

To change the text color, tap the Color icon [3].

To view or edit a comment, tap the Comment icon [4]. You can also use this icon to view and reply to any student comments made in DocViewer.

To delete a text annotation, tap the Delete icon [5].

To return to the submission, tap the Back icon [6].

Add Area Annotation

Select Area Annotation

To leave an area annotation, tap and hold the icon menu arrow [1] and select the Area annotation icon [2].

Add Area Annotation

Tap the color for the area annotation in the color panel [1].

Tap and drag the rectangle around an area of the submission [2]. A box will appear indicating the area for the annotation.

When you are finished creating the drawing, deselect the annotation icon.

Add Comment

Add Comment

To add a comment to the annotation, enter the comment in the Comment field [1]. Tap the OK link [2].

To skip adding a comment, tap the Skip link [3].

Modify Area Annotation

Modify Area Annotation

To modify the annotation, tap the annotation icon in the document [1].

To change the text color, tap the Color icon [2].

To view or edit a comment, tap the Comment icon [3]. You can also use this icon to view and reply to any student comments made in DocViewer.

To delete a text annotation, tap the Delete icon [4].

To return to the submission, tap the Back icon [5].

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