Canvas @ YaleInstructor Guides Files ManagementHow do I upload a file to a course?

How do I upload a file to a course?

By default, you are given 1000 MB (1 GB) of storage space within your Canvas course. This space allows you to upload files to share with your course. Course storage differs from group and personal storage. Please refer to our "Files and File Storage Quotas in Canvas" article for information on each storage type.

Note: If you have reached the 1000 MB (1 GB) limit in your Canvas course, you may contact canvas@yale.edu to increase storage size up to a limit of 2000 MB (2.1 GB). Any larger limits may require a consult to evaluate file storage usage. It is advised that media files should be uploaded into the Media Library tool in your Canvas course. For other alternatives, please refer to our "Best Practices for File Storage" article.

Upload a New File

1. In Course Navigation, click the "Files".

Click "Files"

2. Click the "Upload" button.

3. Click the title of the file you want to upload and click the "Open" button.

Select the file and click "Open"

4. You can also add to your files area by simply dragging and dropping the files from a file window directly into the Canvas file repository. Click the title of the file you wish to add and drag the file to your open browser. Your file will automatically upload.

Upload Files via Drag and Drop from files explorer to canvas files

Upload a New Version of an Existing File

1. If a file with the same name already exists in the folder where you are uploading your file, you will be asked if you want to replace or rename it. To create a duplicate of the file with the same name, click the "Change Name" button. This option will create a duplicate copy of the file with a different name.

2. To upload the files as a new version of the existing file, click the "Replace" button. This replaces the existing file with the new one and updates anything linking to it when the new file.

Choose "Replace" to upload a new version

Confirm Upload and View File

1. A progress bar will appear at the top of screen tracking the progress of your file upload.

View Upload Progress

2. Once the upload is completed, you can view the file by clicking on the file name.

For more help, please contact canvas@yale.edu.