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What are Files?

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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".

What are Files?

Files can house course files, assignments, syllabi, readings, or other documents, as well as profile pictures and user-specific files. Instructors can lock folders and files so they can only be viewed by direct links or only unlock on a specific date.

Files can be placed in Modules, Assignments, or Pages. Files and folders are put in alphabetical order and cannot be rearranged.

Canvas users will find access to files (documents, images, media, etc.) in three different places:

  • Personal files, located in each user's profile (students, teachers, and TAs)—View a video about personal files
  • Course files, located in each course (students, teachers, and TAs unless files are locked by the teacher)—View a video about Course Files
  • Group files, located in each group (students and teachers who are enrolled in groups)

To learn about specific file quota details for each user role, view the Course Files Quota resource document.

When would I use Files as an Instructor?

Use Files to:

  • Share course documents and syllabi with your students
  • Copy documents from one Canvas course to another
  • Organize course documents by day, week, or unit
  • Store personal documents that you don't want to share with others

Within files, you can:

  • Add folders
  • Upload files
  • Download or upload a ZIP file
  • Move files
  • Preview files
  • Restrict files
  • View your storage
  • Drag and drop files from personal files into course files
  • Set usage rights for files and folders.

When would I use Files as a Student?

Use Files to:

  • Share documents with your group or other students in a course
  • Store personal documents or assignment submissions
  • Store profile pictures (if allowed by your institution)
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