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Publish / Unpublish ALL Option

Publish / Unpublish ALL Option

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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.
74 Comments
scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hello Julia,

Thank you for submitting this feature idea.  Just FYI I tested creating a new module, creating two new pages, adding them to the module and then publishing the module.  Publishing the module did not also publish the pages in the module.

I'll go ahead and open your feature idea for vote with the cohort that opens today.

gschultz
Surveyor

I just created a page today on course clean-up​ and one of the first comments was there a unpublish/publish all pages.  I did a search and found your suggestion. Hope this can get some steam.  Good Luck.

bweston
Community Member

This is my wish also!

wmack
Community Member

This would be great to have on both the Assignments and Modules page.  My professors were asking for this feature today.

borend
Surveyor

This will not let me vote?  I think this is a very good idea.

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hi Debra,

You should be able to vote if you are logged in (and you have to have been logged in in order to comment).  You might try refreshing the page before selecting the up or down vote buttons.  Just now in testing I first voted down and then before I could change my vote to an up vote I had to refresh the page.

2016-08-30_0746 - Scott.Dennis's library

borend
Surveyor

It let me vote it down, and then change to an up vote just now....

Thank you.

Debra Boren

CADD Technology

903.463.8741

On Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 8:49 AM, scottd@instructure.com <

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Yeah!

bcrook
Community Advocate
Community Advocate

A great example of how we could use this here is when I'm creating new courses for the new year and copying last year's course into the new course, I would LOVE to be able to copy last year's course and mark everything unpublished as default.  Then the teacher has the complete course, but can release items as he/she wishes to the students in the new year.

sthomas41
Community Member

This does not seem to work the same way for me.  I had a module all set up the way I wanted it, with some items unpublished (only for my eyes) and some published (so my students could see this, too).  Then when I clicked on publish the module, EVERYTHING inside the module was then published.  I had to quickly go back and and re-set every file/etc. that was for me only to "unpublish."  Very frustrating.  I like the idea of highlighting areas and hit publish.

adam_abbate
Community Member

If this feature eventuates, we would like to see the ability to control who has access to this function or even disabled it completely. We often provide teacher-only resources in a course and do this by not publishing. Having a publish all button would be dangerous in our situation.

The idea to highlight a large number of items is a good idea though.

fisher1
Surveyor

I don't know when this started happening (just noticed it recently), but I've noticed that you can mass "publish" a module. When you publish an unpublished module with unpublished items, it publishes every thing at once in that module. Here's a video that I made of this happening: Publish all at once.mp4 - Google Drive

Unfortunately, what I've also found is that you can't mass "unpublish" items in a module.

fisher1
Surveyor

Same here. I've noticed that you can mass "publish" a module. When you publish an unpublished module with unpublished items, it publishes every thing at once in that module. Here's a video that I made of this happening: Publish all at once.mp4 - Google Drive

Unfortunately, what I've also found is that you can't mass "unpublish" items in a module.

richard_martin
Community Member

I'm new to Canvas. I can't believe this feature is not implemented. I don't want my private unpublished answers keys to be automatically published, IF I press the Publish module. And Then I have to go back and try and remember which ones to now Unpublish. Cmon.

sthomas41
Community Member

Could a Canvas staff member respond to why this occurs differently for some people compared to others?  Clearly we have people here saying that when they click "publish" to a module, NOT everything is published, but when others click "publish" to a module, everything IS published.  What is going on?

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hi Shelly,

If you add new content items to a module and all of them remain in their initial unpublished state, when you publish the module, everything in it will also be published.  However if you publish some content items in the module individually or unpublish previously published content, publishing the module will not publish all the content in the module all at one time.

borend
Surveyor

It publishes all of my content no matter under any module that I publish, even If I have some content published and other content unpublished.  Like Shelly Commented, why does it work differently for some of us?

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Not sure, Debra.  What I described is what I have experienced in the past.  Consulting a colleague, it looks like the way Modules function currently is that publishing a module should now always publish all unpublished content contained in the module.  If you want to move an unpublished module to published state that contains some unpublished content is to publish the module and then immediately go back and unpublish the content items you do not want students to see.  I guess you could also publish your module and then add unpublished content to them later.

cward
Instructure
Instructure

We're reviewing what it would take on the engineering side to accomplish this, although I am unable to communicate any commitments or timelines at this time.

kcoleman1
Surveyor

I really hope this feature becomes a reality! I've been struggling with this going on 3 years. PLEASE make it happen. Thank you!