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Canvas Overview (Admin)

Canvas Overview (Admin)

In this video, you will get an overview of Canvas navigation and account settings.

Last updated 2023-06-02


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Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas; they are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements. Depending on your institution's Canvas theme, the Canvas interface may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.


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In this video, you will get an overview of Canvas navigation and account settings. When you log in to Canvas, the first thing you’ll see is the Dashboard. If you’re enrolled in any courses, they will display here. Canvas displays a Global Navigation menu that gives you direct access to your account and important features in Canvas. 

From the Account link, you can specify your notification preferences, upload personal files, modify your profile and user settings, manage ePortfolios, view shared content, view a QR code for mobile app login, view global announcements, and log out of Canvas. Click the Admin link to view a list of accounts for which you are an admin. Click the Dashboard link to return to the Canvas Dashboard. 

If you are enrolled in any courses, click the Courses link to quickly view your course enrollments. Click the Groups link to access any current groups in which you are enrolled or to view a list of all your groups. Click the Calendar link to view your personal calendar and course calendars. Click the Inbox link to view and send messages to users within Canvas. Click the History link to view up to three weeks of your Canvas course page view history. And finally, click the Help link to access help resources for your institution.

To access and manage admin tools and settings for the account, click the Admin link then click the name of the account. By default, the account opens to the Courses page, which provides a list of all the courses in your account. You can use the Account Navigation links and the breadcrumb navigation to navigate to different areas of the account. Click the Settings link to access and manage settings for your account. From the Settings tab, you can manage basic information for your account. From the Quotas tab, you can manage course, user, and group quotas. From the Notifications tab, you can customize the “From” sender name for notifications. From the Admins tab, you can view a list of all admins for the account and add or remove admins. From the Announcements tab, you can create a global announcement for all or specific users in the account. From the Reports tab, you can configure reports for data in your account. From the Apps tab, you can install and manage LTI apps for the account. From the Feature Options tab, you can manage feature options for the account. 

For information about other admin tools and features, please view our other Canvas admin videos at

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