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How do I use the Global Navigation Menu as an observer?

How do I use the Global Navigation Menu as an observer?

The Global Navigation Menu is located on the left side of every page in Canvas. Global Navigation links provide quick access to frequently used Canvas features. These links provide access to all your observed courses collectively. Default links include User Account, Dashboard, Courses, Calendar, Inbox, and the Help menu.

Depending on your institution account settings, other links may appear in the Global Navigation Menu.

View Account

View Account

To view your user information, click the Account link [1]. A menu will expand and display links to access your notification preferences, personal files, user settings, and the observing page (if enabled) [2].

You can also use the Logout button to log out of Canvas [3].

View Dashboard

The Dashboard is the landing page after you log in to Canvas. The Dashboard can be toggled to a course view, or recent activity view and shows notifications for all current Canvas courses.

View Courses

View Courses

To view your courses, click the Courses link [1]. A menu will expand and display any current courses where you are enrolled [2]. This menu also displays any courses marked as favorites. If no courses are selected as favorites, the course list will display all current courses. If a course includes term dates, the name of the term will appear as part of the course listing.

To view a course, click the name of the course [3]. To customize your courses list or view all your Canvas courses, click the All Courses link [4].  

View Calendar

To view your Calendar, click the Calendar link.

View Inbox

To view your Inbox, click the Inbox link. The Inbox is the Canvas messaging system where you can communicate with other users in your courses. The number of new messages are shown as part of the Inbox icon.

View Help

View Help

To get help with Canvas, click the Help link [1]. Select the help option that is relevant to your needs [2].

Note: Depending on your institution settings, the Help menu may display different options.

Collapse Global Navigation Menu

Collapse Global Navigation Menu

To expand or collapse the Global Navigation Menu, click the arrow icon.

The Global Navigation Menu will be automatically collapsed for tablet screens.

These comments are posted to the global Canvas Community,

NOT your Canvas course.

  • Have a question about using Canvas? Visit the Q&A page.
  • Have an idea to improve Canvas? Visit the Idea Conversations space.
  • Need to reply to a course discussion? Log in to your Canvas course and add your comment there (Tip: Visit your school's website to log in to Canvas).
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