How do I view annotation feedback comments from my instructor directly in my assignment submission?
Your instructor may choose to include comments directly in an assignment submission using inline comments, or annotations. If an assignment's submission details page includes a View Feedback button, you can view these annotated comments through a preview tool called Canvas DocViewer. You can also use Canvas DocViewer to reply to any comments or make your own annotations.
Some browsers may not initially render comments correctly when viewing feedback. If your browser includes a built-in PDF viewer, select the option to view the PDF in the system viewer. You can also download PDF files with comments to view on your computer. The settings required to view or print the annotations in the PDF vary based on the software installed on your computer.
- If the assignment attachment displays a Preview button instead of the View Feedback button, your file is not DocViewer compatible and will not include any annotated comments.
- If you submitted a group assignment but are not a member of a group, instructor comments may not display in the Submission Details page. You can view comments from your Grades page or the Submission Comments folder of the Inbox.
In Course Navigation, click the Grades link.
View Assignment Details
Click the title of an assignment.
Click the View Feedback link. The View Feedback link displays an indicator if annotated comments have been added to a supported assignment.
- If the assignment attachment displays a Preview button, your file is not DocViewer compatible.
- If your assignment looks different than what is displayed in this lesson, your instructor may be using Assignment Enhancement in your course. Learn how to find feedback from your instructor in Assignment Enhancements.
View Annotated Comments
View the annotated comments from your instructor . To reply to a comment, click on the comment and click the Reply button . When an annotated comment includes multiple content lines, the content box displays an ellipses link . To expand a comment, click the ellipses link. To view stacked replies, click the comment to expand all replies . To view comments in an expanded view, click the Full Screen icon . You can also use DocViewer to make your own annotations on your assignment.
To download a PDF of the submission and annotations, click the Download icon.