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How do I Modify the Default Notification Settings?

Within Canvas @ Yale, you have specific notifications that you can modify to determine how frequently you receive email notifications from your Canvas @ Yale course site.  You can control your default (account-level) notification preferences AND you can control your settings within each course you are enrolled in.  

For details about each notification setting, please refer to the vendor's Canvas Notifications documentation.

Please refer to out help guide for details on how to modify your course-level settings.

NOTE:  Course-level notification preferences override default (account-level) notification preferences.

Notifications received from Canvas to your email address will come from "Course Name <>".

For notification recommendations, please refer to the articles below:

Access the Notification Settings

To modify these notifications:

1. Click on "Account" on the Global Navigation.

2. From the side menu that appears, click "Notifications".

Click on "Account", and then click "Notifications"

Note: Each set notification preference will become the default settings for your courses. If needed, you can change defaults notifications for each course individually as well.

Click on the Notification Icons to Modify Settings

Next each item, you can choose between four different icons. Clicking on these icons will modify the notification settings to determine how frequently you receive notifications for each item. You can see the legend of notification icons below for what each icon means.

Legend of Notification Icons

  1. Notify Immediately (solid bell): To receive notification right away. Delayed one-hour to capture all changes, which prevents multiple notifications at the same time.
  2. Daily summary (calendar with number): Daily notification via email.
  3. Weekly summary (calendar with date boxes): Weekly notification via email.
  4. Notifications off (clear bell with slash): Does not send notification for that item.


Legend for notifications

Description of Notification Types

Please see below for the description of each notification type. All notifications are customizable.

Notification Type
What functionality is covered
Course Activities
Due Date
Assignment Due Date Change
Grading Policies
Course grading policy change
Course Content
Change to course content including: Pages, Quiz Content, Assignment Content
New files added to your course
New announcements in your course
Announcements Created By You
New announcements created by you, and replies to announcements you've created
Includes: Assignment/submission grade entered/changed; Un-muted assignment grade; Grade weight changed.
Invitation for: Web conference; Group; Collaboration; Course; Peer Review reminder
All Submissions*
Assignment submission/resubmission
Late Grading*
Late assignment submission
Submission Comment
Assignment submission comment
Blueprint Sync*
Content was synced from a blueprint course to associated courses
New discussion topic in your course
Discussion Post
New discussion post in a topic you're subscribed to
Conversations (Inbox)
Added to Conversation
You are added to a conversation
Conversation Message
New Inbox messages
Conversations Created By Me
You created a conversation
Student Appointment Signups*
Student appointment sign-up
Appointment Signups
New appointment on your calendar
Appointment Cancellations
Appointment cancellation
Appointment Availability
New appointment timeslots are available for signup
New and change items on your course calendar
Membership Update**
Group enrollment, and accepted/rejected
Recording Ready
A conference recording is ready
Administrative Notifications*
Course enrollment, report generated, content export, migration report, new account user, and new student group
Content Link Error*
Location and content of a failed link that a student has interacted with

*Instructor and Admin only

**Admin only: pending enrollment activated

For more information about notifications, please see the vendor help article, "Guides for profile and user settings". For general help, please contact