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kveilleux
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How to hide announcements in Canvas.

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I would like to hide old announcements in my courses. I do not need them deleted, I just want to hide them if that is possible.  If so, directions on how to do that are appreciated!

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kblack
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Hi  @kveilleux ​ - You and about 137+ other people would love to do this, and unfortunately this is currently not possible in Canvas.  I got that number from this Feature Idea:  , and you can see that although it's a year old and HAS received a response from Instructure, this has still not been developed yet.  What you basically want to do is be able to "unpublish" old announcements that have imported over from a previous course site, similar to the way other things can be unpublished elsewhere.  You may want to scan through that discussion under the Feature Idea for some ideas.  The always-resourceful and great stefaniesanders​ suggests one common workaround of doing a selective import rather than a total import.  Even if you do not have a sandbox course site, that's a good idea to at least remove ones that you KNOW you will not be using again.  I hear this many times from my own faculty, and everyone agrees this ability is overdue, but I'm afraid there's little that can be done right now.  Let's hope soon!

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kblack
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Hi  @kveilleux ​ - You and about 137+ other people would love to do this, and unfortunately this is currently not possible in Canvas.  I got that number from this Feature Idea:  , and you can see that although it's a year old and HAS received a response from Instructure, this has still not been developed yet.  What you basically want to do is be able to "unpublish" old announcements that have imported over from a previous course site, similar to the way other things can be unpublished elsewhere.  You may want to scan through that discussion under the Feature Idea for some ideas.  The always-resourceful and great stefaniesanders​ suggests one common workaround of doing a selective import rather than a total import.  Even if you do not have a sandbox course site, that's a good idea to at least remove ones that you KNOW you will not be using again.  I hear this many times from my own faculty, and everyone agrees this ability is overdue, but I'm afraid there's little that can be done right now.  Let's hope soon!

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jhurley
Community Participant

Yes, I would love to be able to hide old announcements from a previous semester, so I can reuse these comments, editing them when necessary. Why can't we do this?

retzlaffgr
Community Member

What I did was delay the posting until later.  Announcements that I will use next fall for example I pick a date in August and then they will not show up.

This was exactly what I needed! Thanks for the suggestion!

larak
Community Member

yes, while this also my "work around," it takes so much time to click into each announcement and edit! I send a lot of announcements and I have many classes. I don't know why they won't just let us hide the announcement from a previous semester and then edit when we need to make them visible (i.e. change dates and links, etc...). Thank you for the suggestion to delay! I'm sure that will help many people until Canvas resolves this issue. 

Shag
Community Member

Can we get a moderator to give us an update on this feature already?

cantvas
Community Participant

I'd also like to hide or archive old announcements, so students no longer are distracted by them but I have a record of them.   I believe there is high demand for this feature.

chad_cameron
Community Participant

Piling on here but a simple "archive" or "hide" button —or— like we have for Discussions "close for comments" button would be great, where the announcements that are not open are just placed lower on the page in teacher view and hidden from students.

cantvas
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I'm curious: does Canvas ever make changes in response to this kind of user feedback?