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Annotations ToolBar suddenly not appearing in SpeedGrader

No issue before--the toolbar that allows me to make in-text/inline comments on student assignments will not appear for ANY student for a particular assignment.

Settings, browser (Chrome), and everything else exactly the same . . . will appear on previously graded assignments.

Any help is appreciated,


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Hi  @kmartin4 . I have a quick question. Are these submissions text entry?  I noticed in testing I recently did that when students submit a file, I have the SpeedGrader options for leaving comments, highlighting, etc., but if there is only text entry, I can see what they submitted but the toolbar for inline comments/actions does not appear.‌  Thanks!

I am having this problem with pdf submissions.

Hello  @insall and  @kmartin4 .  I thought I would check back and see if either of you had found any solution to the Speedgrader annotations toolbar not appearing.  I noticed that another question was posted regarding the same issue, Annotation tools not available in SpeedGrader, so thought that maybe there was a common solution.


Hi  @insall  and  @kmartin4 .  I thought I would update this one additional time since the other similar thread, Annotation tools not available in SpeedGrader, was updated with another potential cause.

So far from that thread, and this one, Speedgrader Tools not showing, it appears that folks have experienced this issue in the following instances.

  1. Text entry is utilized
  2. Peer reviews are utilized
  3. Anonymous peer reviews are utilized  
  4. An instructor also has an observer role in the class

I'm not sure if any of these may fit your situation, but maybe if it does that could be causing the annotation bar to not appear.

Best wishes---

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 @kmartin4 ,

Were you able to find an answer to your question? I am going to go ahead and mark this question as answered because there hasn't been any more activity in a while so I assume that you have the information that you need. If you still have a question about this or if you have information that you would like to share with the community, by all means, please do come back and leave a comment.  Also, if this question has been answered by one of the previous replies, please feel free to mark that answer as correct.



I’m not happy with the current situation, in which the annotations toolbar is unavailable to me for assignments being peer reviewed.

Hi, Eugene,

Can you confirm if your assignment was using one of the four options that Eric outlined? Usually the common problem is that peer reviews are set to be anonymous, which will turn off the tools.