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Publish / Unpublish ALL Option

Publish / Unpublish ALL Option

Instead of having to click every single item in a long list to Publish or Unpublish them all, it would save a lot of time if we had the option to "Publish All" or "Unpublish All". It would be even slicker if we could select or highlight a large group of multiple items (though not necessarily all of them) to publish or unpublish all at once.
Community Member

Just imagine how time consuming it is to develop lessons in Canvas, and then the following year have to publish and unpublish over 180 assignments individually. Please remedy this situation.

Community Member

I would really appreciate a bulk publish/unpublish option for assignments. When importing from a canvas course I have to manually unpublish every single item in a long list. It would be more convenient and quicker to check one box or select a range of items. A pretty standard feature for other aspects of Canvas that I hope is implemented soon here. 

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Our uni just switched to Canvas from Moodle. Jesus, tickets outstanding for 4 years with a simplest and most obvious suggestions?? If I were on that IT committee and did my due diligence I would haven never allowed the switch to happen. 

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For the love of God, why is this not an option? This is insane. This may be the most obvious and useful and ABSOLUTELY necessary function, and yet it's nowhere to be found. It stinks I have to manually click every, single, assignment. Please, Canvas, fix this situation ASAP!

Community Member

Why is this not an option. It was requested YEARS ago. It would be nice to unpublish a module and all of the items in that module unpublish as well.

Community Member

Please give admins the option to bulk publish courses. This would be so helpful!!

Community Member

The ability to pull in content from another source (Commons, 3rd party content provider, etc.) is fantastic. A feature to add to make this even more efficient would be the ability to mass unpublish assignments, pages and quizzes within an existing module or on the individual assignments, pages & quizzes page(s). 

Community Member

Yes, please.  This option would be quite helpful.

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Yes, please. 


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For the love of all that is good and decent in this world, please implement this feature.  Canvas apparently glitched when I uploaded a number of files, and didn't publish them.  So when I set the links to the files on the pages/quizzes I didn't realize that my students wouldn't be able to see them b/c the file wasn't published, even though the page they were linked to were.  I just had to go and individually published almost 100 files so my students could get to them.

Please, that was the most frustrating and stupid task I have ever had to do.

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I completely agree with @anthony_rivera! Using modules from year to year makes it very annoying to publish the module and then proceed to unpublish all of its contents. Moreover, depending on my students' notification settings, it may send them an email for every assignment within the module when I publish the module, which I must imagine is pretty annoying for them.

Please fix this. 

I really don't want to have to make a new module for every lesson of the school year.

Community Contributor

At the beginning of every term I spend lots of time unpublishing everything in my course.  Time waster.

Community Member

I am definitely logged in but there is no 'kudos' option. 
I just want to be clear that I have a very strong KUDOS 👍for this idea and so do my staff! 

Community Member

When publishing a module, any unpublished content will also automatically publish. It would be nice if the reverse also worked--to unpublish a module and have all of the content unpublish as well. 

Community Participant

This is a great idea.

A lot of novice Canvas instructors don't realize that students can often access Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes through the Course Navigation Bar. Yes, they can and should disable these "entry points" in the Course Navigation Bar, but that's something that has to be pointed out to them.

That being said, Ashlib's suggestion would definitely go a long way in helping out novice instructors manage what their students can see and access.


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this would be helpful

Community Participant

Oh god... please no. Please fix this. This is so stupid. 

Community Member

Scott Dennis's post from  ‎08-03-2016 07:45 AM says that publishing a module with two unpublished pages will not also publish the pages. This is not my experience. If I have some pages published and other unpublished, when I click publish for the module - EVERYTHING gets switched to published mode. This is incredibly frustrating, as we keep teacher notes and resources organised in modules which aren't student facing.
Can this feature be corrected or added to my institutions capability?

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I wish we could unpublish in bulk. This could be done on the pages list...a button like the delete and a "select all".