Skip to main content
Showing results for 
Show  only  | Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

How do I delete a file upload assignment submission as an admin?

Find your school's Canvas URL

To find your school or institution's Canvas URL, begin typing the name of your school/institution. Results will appear after you type at least 3 characters. For best results be as specific as possible. If you can't find your school, try using any part of your school's name or searching for your school district or state. You may also need to search for the school using the acronym or full name, for example "USU" and "Utah State University".

How do I delete a file upload assignment submission as an admin?

As an admin, you can delete a student's assignment submission in SpeedGrader. This allows you to manage inappropriate submissions or submissions that otherwise need to be removed from a course.


  • The option to delete assignment submissions is only available to admins that have been granted the Users - Act As permission.
  • Only file upload assignment submissions can be deleted by an admin.

Open Account

Open Account

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

Open Course

To find the course in the account, you can use the course filters [1] or search options [2].

To open a course, click the name of the course you want to open [3].

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Open Assignment

Click the name of the assignment.

Open SpeedGrader

Click the SpeedGrader link.

Delete Submission

Find the submission file link [1]. Then click the Delete icon [2].

Confirm Deletion

Confirm Deletion

To confirm you want to delete the submission file, click the OK button.

View Deleted File

After the file is deleted, a message displays in SpeedGrader to inform instructors that the file was deleted [1]. The submission file is also replaced by File_Removed.pdf [2].

Was this article helpful? Yes No
Have a question about Canvas? Ask in the Q&A forum:
Embed this guide in your Canvas course:

Note: You can only embed guides in Canvas courses. Embedding on other sites is not supported.