As a student, Files allows you to store files and assignments within Canvas. You can upload one or multiple files, view all details about your files, and preview files. Files is built with responsive design to adjust for browser scaling. The folder navigation window, file displays, and even file names adjust to the width of the browser window.
You may have access to files (documents, images, media, etc.) in three different feature areas:
The basic functionality within Files is the same within each files location, but some features may differ according to feature area.
The left panel  shows all folders for quick navigation. Some folders may be housed within other folders. To expand all folders, click the arrows next to the folder name.
When you click the name of a folder, all contents within the folder you are viewing display in the right panel . You can also click folder names in the right panel to view folder content.
For each file, you can view the name of the file , the date the file was created , the date the file was modified  the name of the person who modified the file (if modified by another user) , and the size of the file .
You can also view the published status  for your user files.
Files are sorted alphabetically. To sort files, click the name of any column heading.
Depending on the file area, files may contain several options to manage files:
Search for files . Files is fully searchable by file name.
Add a folder . Add a new folder to Files to store files. Folders can also house other folders.
Upload a file . Upload a file to Files.
Change the state of the file . Files can be published, unpublished, or include a restricted status.
To select a file, click the name of the file. You can also select multiple files at the same time by holding the command (Mac) or control (PC) key.
When a file is selected, Files displays the file toolbar at the top of the window. Depending on the files area, the toolbar may contain several options to manage the selected file(s):
You can also manage some or all options for a selected file within the file's Options menu .
Course Files and Group Files may display a column for usage rights. If enabled, the column displays the usage right (copyright) for the file . Files that do not contain a usage right display as a warning icon .
To change the usage right for a file in Group Files, click on the usage right icon for that file .
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In Global Navigation, click the Account link, then click the Files link.
All your user folders display in the left panel . View files in the right panel by clicking the name of a folder.
You can view your user quota and what percentage of that quota has been used . Files that have been submitted as assignments and graded discussions do not apply to the user quota.
Learn more about how to use files as a student.
The My Files folder creates folders based on default events in Canvas. Once you upload a file related to one of these areas, the folder and accompanying file will be created for you.
My Files also includes any additional folders you create to organize your files, as well as any files not uploaded to a specific folder. Any files in the My Files folder that are not related to assignment submissions count toward your user quota.
Note: For online assignment submissions, if you submit a file that you've previously uploaded, you can delete the previously uploaded file after it has been submitted and free up extra storage in your user files.
If your instructors allow you to view the Files link in Course Navigation, course folders display below your user files . Any course groups also display below the course folders .
You can easily move and organize files from your group files and user files. Unless you have permission to manage course files, course files can only be viewed and downloaded.
You can also view course files and group files directly from the course or group.
In Course Navigation, click the Files link.
All published course files can be viewed by all course users . However, some files may restrict access to specific users.
You can preview and download all published files in Course Files.
If you want to see the files for all your courses, click the All My Files link .
Canvas displays your User Files page with all available course folders displayed below your user files.
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Click the Groups link , then click the name of the group .
In Group Navigation, click the Files link.
All your group folders display in the left panel . View files in the right panel by clicking the name of a folder.
You can view your group quota and what percentage of that quota has been used . Files that have been submitted as group assignments and group graded discussions do not apply to the user quota.
If you want to see the Files for all your courses and/or groups, click the All My Files link . Canvas will refresh the page to show your user files page with all courses and group folders.
The Groups folder creates folders based on default events in Canvas. Once you upload a file related to one of these areas, the folder and accompanying file will be created for you.
Group files also includes any additional folders you create to organize your files, as well as any files not uploaded to a specific folder. Any files in the group folder that are not related to assignment submissions count toward your user quota.
All files can be viewed by all group members. Please note that all group members hold the same permissions, so one group member can delete or move files uploaded by another group member. Group files are published by default.
Note: For group assignment submissions, if you submit a file that has previously been uploaded to the group, you can delete the previously uploaded file after it has been submitted and free up extra storage in your group files. However, to submit a previously uploaded file in group files, the file must be moved to the user files folder for the student submitting the assignment on behalf of the group, as the assignment submissions page can only access user files and not group files.