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

You can preview a file in a course, group, or user file storage area.

Open File

Open File

In user, group, or course files, click the name of the file you want to preview.


Note: Some instructors will lock files or folders so students can't access them. Also, some file types may not render a preview.


Open File via Toolbar

Preview File via Button

You can also click the line item for the file and click the View icon.


Preview File

Preview File

The preview toolbar displays the file and file information details, as well as a link to download the file [1].


For documents [2], you can scroll through the document, zoom in and out, and view the document in full screen.

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Canvas Answers

Canvas Student Guide

If you have any questions, come by the Help Desk at Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 105, call 646-1840, or email us at

Keywords:canvas preview file student   Doc ID:71226
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2017-03-02 08:54 MSTUpdated:2017-12-07 12:41 MST
Sites:New Mexico State University
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