How do I use account settings?

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As an admin, you can use your account settings to manage settings for your entire institution. Depending on your permissions, you can edit differing levels of the account settings.

Note: In sub-accounts, not all account settings may be available.

View a video about Account Settings.

Open Account

Open Account

In Global Navigation, click the Admin link [1], then click the name of the account [2].

Open Settings

Open Settings

The settings portion of your account is only available to Canvas admins.

In Account Navigation, click the Settings link.

View Settings

View Settings

In the Account Settings tab, you can specify settings for the entire account. This tab includes several sections that you can manage including Account Settings, IP Address Filters, Features, Global JavaScript and CSS, Custom Help Links, Enabled Web Services, and permissions for who can create new courses.

View Quotas

View Quotas

In the Quotas tab, you can set default account quotas for courses, users, and groups [1]. You can also set quotas by Course ID or Group ID [2].

View Notifications

View Notifications

In the Notifications tab, you can change the settings for email notifications. You can choose to keep the default Canvas setting or change the Email Notification “From” Name for Canvas notifications. This custom text can be your institution name or whatever sender information you would like to use. Using the custom text field helps student identify notification emails more easily and improves the quality of student-instructor interaction.

You can also warn users about notifications sent to external services; adding a non-institution based email address may result in the exposure of sensitive content.

View Admins

View Admins

In the Admins tab, you can view and edit the admins assigned to this account. If you are working with sub-accounts, admin privileges are limited to the scope of just that sub-account and below. Learn how to add an administrative user to your account.

View Announcements

View Announcements

In the Announcements tab, you can send out global announcements to every user in that account. These announcements are used to announce events such as building closures, class cancelations, holidays, etc. Learn more about global announcements.

Note: Only top-level account admins can send global announcements. Global announcements are not available in sub-accounts.

View Reports

View Reports

The Reports tab is where custom reports will appear after you design them. There are many more reports available in Canvas, they just aren't listed on this page. They are available in context. Quiz reports, for example, are available from the quiz page itself. User reports are available on the user's profile page.

View Apps

View Apps

If your institution has enabled the Canvas App Center, in the Apps tab you can view all available external learning tools in Canvas. However, you can also configure apps manually.

External learning tools are often developed as LTI integrations. These tools may be published along with a textbook, and access to these tools is often restricted to students in the course. Any LTI provider should be able to give you the information you need to configure the tool in Canvas. Once configured here at the account level, it is available to any course designer or instructor in the account.

View Feature Options

View Feature Options

The Feature Options tab displays new features that are available to your account on both the account and course levels. Features can be turned on for the entire account, turned off for the entire account, or allowed so instructors can decide whether or not to use the feature. Instructors can enable course-allowed features on a course-by-course basis.

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