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Canvas - How do I rename a file as a student?

You can rename your files at any time using the Rename option in the file's settings menu. You can rename files in both user and group files.


  • If you add a file to another area of Canvas (e.g. Groups or Assignments) and then rename the file in your user files, the file rename will not update in any other Canvas location and must be charged manually. Please ensure that your file names are correct in your user files before using them in other content areas.
  • Files that have been submitted as part of an assignment cannot be renamed.

Rename File

Rename File

In user or group files, to rename a file, click the line item for the file [1].


Click the Settings icon [2], then click the Rename link [3].


Type New Name

In the text field, change the name of the file [1]. To save the name of the file, press the Return (Mac) or Enter (PC) key or click the Check button [2]. To return to the previous title, click the Cancel button [3].

View File

View File

View the new name of your file.

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Keywords:canvas rename files student   Doc ID:71223
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2017-03-02 08:36 MSTUpdated:2018-05-30 07:32 MST
Sites:New Mexico State University
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