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Canvas - How do I delete a Google Docs collaboration?

If you are the course instructor or the creator of a collaboration, you can delete a Google Docs collaboration in Canvas. you can choose to delete the collaboration only from the course, which still allows users to access the document in Google Docs, or you can delete it from the course as well as Google Docs. however, deleting the document from Google Docs immediately deletes the collaboration and cannot be recovered.

If you want to retain the collaboration document as part of the course or for your records, you may consider changing the sharing settings so the document is only available for viewing (and possibly disabling options to download, print, and copy). If you want to completely delete the document, you may want to create a copy of the document before deleting.

Note: Once a term ends or a course is concluded, the collaboration document is still available from Canvas and in Google Docs; if the document settings remain unchanged, users can still access the document, and any updates are not reflected in course notifications.

Open Collaborations

Open Collaborations

In Course Navigation, click the Collaborations link.


Delete Document

Delete Document

To remove the Google Doc Collaboration, click the Delete icon.


Delete Collaboration

Delete Collaboration

If you only want to delete the Google Doc link from Canvas, click the Just Delete from Canvas button [1]. This option removes the Google Doc link from Canvas, but users can still access the document in their Google account.


If you want to remove the document from Google Docs as well, click the Also Delete From Google Docs button [2]. Note: This option immediately deletes the document from Google Docs, and the document cannot be recovered. If you want to retain the document for your records, open the Google Doc and change the sharing and owner settings, or create a copy of the document before deleting.

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Keywords:canvas delete google docs collaboration collab   Doc ID:70746
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2017-02-16 13:53 MSTUpdated:2018-05-25 14:02 MST
Sites:New Mexico State University
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