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ChristianMiller
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Get .pdf file to show up in preview window instead of download link for a quiz

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I am working for a grader at a college course, and so far we have had two assignments and a midterm.  The assignment uploads in speedgrader allowed us to see a preview of the .pdf or .docx file that students uploaded like this:  

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But for the midterm, we just have a window that looks like this:

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The midterm was uploaded as a quiz while the assignments were uploaded as assignments.  Is there any way to switch the format after the fact in order to see the previews in the speedgrader window instead of having to download each submission?  Thank!

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chofer
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Good afternoon, @ChristianMiller ...

When file attachments are submitted as part of a File Upload question type for quizzes, those files (unfortunately) do not get the preview functionality like you are used to seeing for normal assignments.  And, there is no way that I know of to switch the format after the fact ... like you are asking.  You'll need to continue to download those files like you've been doing.  There isn't much work being done on current Classic Quizzes, and I believe that most development of quizzes has turned to New Quizzes.

Sorry that I don't have better news for you, but I hope this has helped to answer your question.  Let Community members know if you have any other questions about this...thanks!  Take care...be well.

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chofer
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Good afternoon, @ChristianMiller ...

When file attachments are submitted as part of a File Upload question type for quizzes, those files (unfortunately) do not get the preview functionality like you are used to seeing for normal assignments.  And, there is no way that I know of to switch the format after the fact ... like you are asking.  You'll need to continue to download those files like you've been doing.  There isn't much work being done on current Classic Quizzes, and I believe that most development of quizzes has turned to New Quizzes.

Sorry that I don't have better news for you, but I hope this has helped to answer your question.  Let Community members know if you have any other questions about this...thanks!  Take care...be well.

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@ChristianMiller @chofer 

Also, as you probably know (or maybe don't know), you can download all the submissions as a zip file.  When you unzip the file and hope that most submitted files are  pdf files, then use acrobat DC Reader to look at the files because it allows tabs.  What I do is open the first file in reader and then select 10 or so more submissions and drag them to the tab bar.  Then you can look at the submission in reader and grade it on Canvas.  Not ideal but it works.  Then just close each tab as you finish the grading.

I haven't used new quizzes, so I am hoping that they put file restriction types on the file upload questions like what is available on assignments.