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How do I export grades in the Gradebook?

How do I export grades in the Gradebook?

You can export scores from the Gradebook and download them to your computer as a CSV file.

Notes about CSV files:

  • Some columns that appear in the CSV file are read-only columns calculated by rules or percentages set in Canvas. Any changes made to these columns will be ignored when you re-upload the file to your course.
  • When a grading period filter is applied in the Gradebook, the export displays the filtered grading period results. However, assignment group total columns will display across all grading periods.
  • For assignment group columns, changes made to assignment scores will automatically be included in the assignment group calculation in the Gradebook.
  • The Total Score displayed in the Gradebook reflects each student's score at the time of viewing, taking into account whether the instructor has hidden assignment scores, assignment due dates, etc. The CSV download includes read-only columns for current and final scores. Current score reflects the total while ignoring unsubmitted assignments, and the final score counts unsubmitted assignments as zero. Assignments with hidden scores are unposted grades and shown in separate columns for unposted current score and unposted final score, respectively.
  • If a student has submitted an assignment multiple times, the CSV file only accounts for the most recent submission.
  • Concluded and inactive enrollments are not included in the CSV file unless their respective option, Show Concluded Enrollments or Show Inactive Enrollments, is enabled in the Gradebook Settings menu.
  • Complete/incomplete assignments are shown as full or no credit (e.g. for a 10-point assignment, 10 or 0).
  • If you have the Final Grade Override option enabled in your course, the Gradebook export will include the override grade. However, overriden grades cannot be changed through a Gradebook import.
  • Gradebook export files automatically save to your user files in an Unfiled folder.
  • If you have set manual grade posting policies for specific assignments, those assignments will display the posting policy in the CSV file. However, the grade posting policy cannot be modified via the CSV file.

Open Grades

Open Grades

In Course Navigation, click the Grades link.

Export Scores

Export Scores

Click the Actions menu [1], then click the Export link [2].

When the export is completed, Canvas will download the CSV file automatically to your computer.

Export current scores

If you navigate away from the page during the export, the CSV file will appear as a previous download in the Actions menu so it can be downloaded again. The Gradebook will show the date and time you requested the export.

If you made changes to the Gradebook after exporting a file and want to export a new file, click the Export link again.


  • Gradebook export files include the date and time of the download to differentiate between multiple exports. The export filename format is YYYY-MM-DDTHHMM, followed by the course name.
  • Gradebook export files automatically save to your user files in an Unfiled folder.

Edit Scores

Edit Scores

Edit the scores in Microsoft Excel. Make sure to save the file as a CSV file type.

Once you have made changes, you can upload it to your course.

View Read-Only Columns

The CSV download includes read-only columns displaying current and final scores. These columns display for each assignment group in a course and for final course grades.

  1. Current Points: Reflects points for graded assignments
  2. Final Points: Reflects points for all assignments
  3. Current Score: Reflects scores for graded, posted assignments
  4. Unposted Current Score: Reflects scores for graded assignments and includes hidden assignments
  5. Final Score: Reflects overall score including unsubmitted assignments as zero but excluding hidden assignments
  6. Unposted Final Score: Reflects total score, including unsubmitted assignments as zero and hidden assignments
  7. Current Grade: Reflects course grade based on graded, posted assignments
  8. Unposted Current Grade: Reflects course grade based on graded assignments, including hidden assignments but excluding unsubmitted assignments
  9. Final Grade: Reflects overall course grade including unsubmitted assignments as zero but excluding hidden assignments
  10. Unposted Final Grade: Reflects overall course grade, including unsubmitted assignments as zero and hidden assignments

The gradebook export feature is NOT working.

Is it possibly a problem with Gradebook and Opera?


I'm sorry you're experiencing problems. Unfortunately, Opera is not a support browser, so that may be why you're experiencing trouble. I'd recommend trying another internet browser. For a list of supported browsers, check out What are the browser and computer requirements for Canvas? If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out. 


Gradebook Export is not working in Chrome either. It is a jumbled mess where all the information is put into the second column of the file. There is nothing else. Screen Shot 2020-09-25 at 12.36.48 PM.png


That is strange behavior. I tried testing this and was not able to recreate what you're seeing. I recommend reaching out to Canvas Support. They will be able to access your course to see what you're seeing to more effectively troubleshoot and resolve this issue. Let us know if you have any other questions.


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