Course Navigation

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Brief Description and Possible Uses

To navigate to a particular course, select it from the Courses link in the Global Navigation located at the top of your Dashboard. Once inside a course, you'll find the Course Activity Stream in the main body of the page with To Do and Coming Up lists in the Sidebar to the right. Course-level tools and activities also appear on the left-hand side of the page in the Course Navigation.

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Navigating a Canvas course

This screen shot highlights where the Course Navigation, Global Navigation, Breadcrumb Navigation, Sidebar, and Help Corner are located inside your Canvas course.

Canvas Course Interface

Customizing Course Navigation links

Teachers can hide and reorder links in the left navigation for their courses. By default, all links are enabled for all courses. However, links to sections that don't have any content and that students cannot create content for will not be shown to students and will be "grayed" for teachers. For example, if there are no learning outcomes set for the course, the teacher will see the "Outcomes" link in gray, and students will not see the link at all.

To customize navigation, go to the "Settings" in the left navigation bar

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Then click the 'Navigation' tab

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Drag and drop links in the list to rearrange them. If you don't want them to show up at all, drag them down below the "Drag items here to hide them from students" message.

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Click "Save" to update the navigation


The Course Navigation helps you get to where you want to go within your canvas course. The Global Navigation helps you get to where you want to go across all of your Canvas courses.