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What feature options can I enable in my user account as a student?

What feature options can I enable in my user account as a student?

Canvas is continually creating new features to improve your user experience. The majority of improvements will be made available as part of our regular release cycle. However, some features may affect your personal interaction with Canvas. Learn more about User Feature Options and how to enable them in the manage new features lesson.

High Contrast UI

High Contrast UI

By default this feature is set to Off.

The High Contrast UI feature option allows you to view Canvas using high contrast styles. This feature enhances the color contrast of the user interface (text, buttons, etc.) so they are more distinct and easier to identify in Canvas. However, institutional branding is not supported when this feature is enabled, so you will not be able to view the institution's logo or other elements.

You can also enable High Contrast UI from your User Navigation Menu.

Disable Alert Notification Timeouts

Disable Alert Notification Timeouts

By default this feature is set to Off.

The Disable Alert Notification Timeouts feature option prevents alert notification pop-ups from timing out. When this feature option is enabled, alert notifications in Canvas will display until you manually dismiss the alert.

Disable Celebration Animations

Disable Celebration Animations

By default this feature is set to Off.

The Disable Celebration Animations option allows you to turn off all celebration animations. The Celebration feature must be enabled by a Canvas admin at your institution. If this feature is not enabled, the Disable Celebration Animations option will not display in your user Feature Options. Learn how to manage celebrations.

Disable Keyboard Shortcuts

Disable Keyboard Shortcuts

By default this feature is set to Off.

The Disable Keyboard Shortcuts feature option allows you to disable keyboard shortcuts in Modules, Discussions, the Gradebook, and SpeedGrader. Other areas of Canvas will be updated at a future date.

This option allows users who rely on screen readers or keyboard navigation to control their experience in Canvas with keyboard shortcuts.

CSV Separator Preferences

You can set how you want to view separators in CSV export files, depending on your locale or preference.

Separator options are managed through one of three feature options in User Settings. These options only apply to compatible spreadsheet exports.

Include Byte-Order Mark in Compatible Spreadsheet Exports

Include Byte-Order Mark in Gradebook Exports

The Include Byte-Order Mark feature option generates a specific set of three characters at the beginning of the CSV file. These characters, known as a byte-order mark, help some versions of Microsoft Excel understand that the CSV file is a UTF-8 encoded file. It also tells some localized versions of Excel that they should treat the incoming CSV file as if it were semicolon-separated by default. Because some versions of Excel do not understand or honor the byte-order mark, this feature allows all users to disable generation of this byte-order mark.

Use Semicolons to Separate Fields in Compatible Spreadsheet Exports

Use Semicolons to Separate Fields in Gradebook Exports

The Use semicolons to separate fields feature option generates CSV files with semicolons as the field separators instead of the default comma. When disabled, this feature falls back to behavior determined by the state of the Autodetect field separators option.

Note: This feature is automatically disabled if the Autodetect Field Separators option is enabled.

Autodetect Field Separators in Compatible Spreadsheet Exports

Autodetect Field Separators in Gradebook Exports

The Autodetect field separators feature option attempts to determine the appropriate field separator as indicated by the language set in the user’s account. For languages where the decimal separator is a dot, (e.g. 1,234.56), autodetection will choose a comma as the field separator. For languages where the decimal separator is a comma, (e.g. 1.234,56), autodetection will choose a semicolon as the field separator. For all other cases, autodetection will choose a comma as the field separator as a default.

Note: This feature is automatically disabled if the Use semicolons to separate fields option is enabled.



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