The Global Navigation Menu is located on the left side of every page in Canvas. Global Navigation links provide quick access to frequently used Canvas features. These links provide access to all your courses collectively. Default links include the User Account, Admin [if you have these permissions], Dashboard, Courses, Calendar, Inbox, History, Commons and the Help menu.
To view your user information, click the Account link. A menu will expand and display links to access your user settings, notification preferences, personal files, and Folio. You can also access your profile.
You can also use the Account link to log out of Canvas.
Accounts Area [View Image]
The Dashboard is the landing page after a user logs in to Canvas. The Dashboard can be toggled to a course view or recent activity view and shows notifications for all current Canvas courses.
View Dashboard [View Image]
To view your courses, click the Courses link . The Courses menu is organized by published courses  and unpublished courses .
The Courses menu also displays your favorite courses. If no courses are selected as favorites, the course list displays all current courses. If a course includes term dates, the name of the term appears as part of the course listing.
View Courses [View Image]
To view your Calendar, click the Calendar link.
View Calendar [View Image]
To view your Conversations Inbox, click the Inbox link. Conversations is the Canvas messaging system where you can communicate with other users in your courses. The number of new messages are shown as part of the Inbox icon.
View Inbox [View Image]
To view your recent Canvas course page view history, click the History link. Recent History displays up to three weeks of your Canvas course page view history.
View History [View Image]
If you are an instructor and your institution is participating in Canvas Commons, you can access Commons with the Commons link.
View Commons [View Image]
To get help with Canvas, click the Help link. Select the help option that is relevant to your needs.
Note: Depending on your user role and institution settings, the Help menu may display different options.
View Help [View Image]
To expand or collapse the Global Navigation menu, click the Arrow icon.
The Global Navigation Menu will be automatically collapsed for tablet screens.
Collapse Global Navigation [View Image]