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Account - Global Navigation

In this module, we will review the Accounts area of Canvas and the options you have within the Account page. Please note, some of these options may differ based on your permissions level.

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Notifications - Account

To update your settings, click Account, then Notifications. Settings selected here will apply to all courses. You can adjust notifications for a specific course you're enrolled in within that course.


Screenshot of notifications area of the account area. It shows the area where you can change the notification timeline.

There are several different frequency options for notifications. They are:

  1. Notify Immediately
  2. Daily Summary
  3. Weekly Summary
  4. Notifications Off

Daily notifications will be delivered around 6 pm CST (Central Standard Time). Weekly notifications will be delivered Saturday between 1 pm CST and 3 pm CST.

Profile - Account

Click on the Profile to update your personal profile within Canvas.

A screenshot of the profile area in Canvas. There is an arrow and a number 1 pointing at a little pencil near the blank avatar area and a number 2 and an arrow pointing at the edit profile button.

  1. Edit Profile Picture: Hover over the blank avatar icon and a pencil icon will appear. Click this and follow the prompts to upload a profile picture.
  2. Edit Profile: Click the Edit Profile button to add a short biography to your Canvas profile.

Files - Account

To access files from any Canvas course you're enrolled in, click on Account, then Files. The availability of this section may differ user-to-user or course-to-course.

Settings - Account

In the Settings area, you can customize several preferences for Canvas. Click Edit Settings to edit or add:

  • Additional email address(es) to receive notifications
  • Additional contact methods to receive communication
  • Your default language
  • Your time zone, the default is CST (Central Standard Time)
  • Additional features:
    • Auto Show Closed Captions
    • High Contrast UI
    • Underline Links

All settings may not be available based on your user permissions.

Settings Area

Screenshot of the Edit Settings area.

Additional Features Enablement

Screenshot of the Additional Features Enablement area.

Shared Content - Account

This area is a list of content shared with you. This may not be visible on your end depending on your user permissions.

QR for Mobile Login - Account

The QR for Mobile Login is a QR code specific to you. This gives you and could possibly give others immediate access to your account through the Canvas mobile applications. Please make sure no one is able to capture the image on your screen from your surroundings or from a screen sharing service. If you want to utilize this feature you can scan the QR code from any Canvas mobile app.

Global Announcements - Account

From time to time it is imperative to send out a Global Announcement. Global Announcements will be visible at the top of the Dashboard page. The Global Announcements area within the Account area will display a repository of the active Global Announcements.

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