Pro Tip Tuesday: Renaming your documents in Modules

Filed in didyouknow, HowTo by on August 1, 2017

Did you know that Canvas allows you to set a display name in your Modules for your uploaded documents?  The display name will show in your Module, but will retain the original given filename for your records.

With just a few clicks, you can easily change your Modules page from this:

Modules before editing filenames

To this!

Modules after editing filenames

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Click on the gear on the right hand side of your file to expand drop down menu.
  2. Click on EditClick on gear
  3. In the pop-up box, click and drag to highlight the existing text in the Title box. While it’s highlighted, on your keyboard, press the┬áBack or Delete button to erase it.Edit Item Details pop-up box
  4. In the title box, type in a new shortened title.Edit Item details dialog box
  5. Click Update.
  6. Do this for each file in your module that you would like to change.
  7. Admire your handiwork!Modules after editing filenames

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