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How do I view and manage a sub-account?

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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 view and manage a sub-account?

As an admin, you can view and manage sub-accounts in Canvas. Sub-accounts help establish your account's hierarchical structure and house courses and enrollments.

All of your institution’s sub-accounts are located within the root account. However, sub-accounts can include additional nested sub-accounts, and sub-account admins can view a list of all the sub-accounts in their account.

Sub-accounts can be created and managed manually or via SIS upload. Additionally, sub-accounts created via API or SIS upload retain the identifiers given in the original source. You can edit sub-account names to make them easier to find within Canvas.

View a video about Sub-Accounts.


  • Sub-accounts that contain courses cannot be deleted.
  • Each root account automatically includes a sub-account called Manually-Created Courses that manages multiple backend processes for Canvas and cannot be deleted.

Open Account

Open Account

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

Open Sub-Accounts

Open Sub-Accounts

In Account Navigation, click the Sub-Accounts link.

View Sub-Account

View Sub-Account

Sub-accounts are listed in alphabetical order. To view a sub-account, click the sub-account name.

Collapse and Expand Sub-Account List

Collapse and Expand Sub-Account LIst

Many Canvas accounts contain multiple sub-accounts with nested sub-accounts. To more easily navigate within sub-accounts, you can collapse sub-account lists, hiding them from view.

To collapse a list of sub-accounts, click the Up Arrow icon [1].

To expand a list of sub-accounts that have been collapsed, click the Down Arrow icon [2].

Add Sub-Account

Add Sub-Account

To create a sub-account, click the Add button.

Manage Sub-Account

Edit Sub-Account

To edit the name of a sub-account, click the Edit icon [1]. Edit the name of the sub-account by typing in the name field. To save your changes, press the Return key (on a Mac) or Enter key (on a PC) on your keyboard.

To delete a sub-account, click the Delete icon [2].

Note: Sub-accounts that contain courses cannot be deleted.

Confirm Sub-Account Deletion

Confirm Deletion

When you delete a sub-account, a pop-up window will appear in your browser. Click the OK button.

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