How do I use an elementary-level theme in a course as an instructor?

As an instructor, you may be able to display a theme designed for elementary-level users in your course. When enabled, this theme displays a font conducive to younger students and simplifies Course Navigation links. This theme is applied independently of any themes applied at the account level.


  • Canvas Elementary Theming is a feature option. Learn how to manage feature options in the course features lesson. If the Canvas Elementary Theming option is not available in your course, your institution admin has disabled and locked it in the account.
  • Your institution may also enable an elementary setting for all of Canvas. If your course dashboard does not appear as displayed in these images, learn about the Canvas for Elementary feature.

View Course Font

Canvas displays a new font, Balsamiq Sans, in the Global Navigation Menu [1], Course Navigation Menu [2], and Breadcrumbs bar [3].  

Note: If the feature preview is turned off, the font changes from Balsamiq Sans to the Canvas default, Lato.

View Rich Content Editor

View Rich Content Editor

The Balsamiq Sans font also displays in the Rich Content Editor [1]. You can also select the font Architect's Daughter from the Format menu in the menubar [2].