Canvas for Students

Personal Inbox


Also known as the Conversations Inbox, the Inbox will store all messages and conversations you have with instructors and other students on Canvas.

To access your inbox, at the top-right portion of the page, click on Inbox found next to the Settings link.

Canvas navigation bar with inbox highlighted


Inbox Interface

Inbox interface


Top Menu Bar

Top menu bar

  • Filter which course you want to see messages from by clicking on the All Courses drop-down menu
  • Filter through different types of messages by clicking on the Inbox drop-down menu
  • Search your inbox by typing in a name, course, or group into the Search By User box
  • Create a new message by clicking on the compose icon icon.

Left Section

Left section of inbox

  • The left section displays messages in your inbox
  • Scroll over a conversation and click the check box button button to select a conversation. The button will turn blue after selected
  • Scroll over a conversation and click the star button button to star a conversation. The button will turn yellow after starred.
  • The number to the right displays the number of messages in the conversation

Right Section

right section of inbox

  • The right section displays the messages you had with a user, group, or course in a conversation
  • More options are available when you scroll over a individual message and hit the more settings button button. You can reply all, forward, or delete the individual message. Unfortunately, deleting an individual message will not cancel it being sent.

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Managing Your Conversations

Inbox managing buttons

  • Managing your messages can be done through the buttons on the top menu.
  • Hover over the buttons to see what they do
  • Use the buttons to compose a new message, reply, archive (stores but does not delete messages), and delete selected messages
  • Clicking on the more settings button icon will open a menu to mark as unread, forward, and star messages

Inbox drop down menu

  • You can view your messages based on their different markings by clicking on the Inbox drop-down menu. Doing so will only show messages that are unread, starred, sent, and archived

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Creating a Message

New message interface

  • To create a message, click on the Compose icon icon.
  • A window will pop up
  • Select a course to easily find recipients
  • Clicking on the Send to button icon will give options to select students or instructors from the selected course
  • You can also type recipient's name to easily send a message.
  • Type in your message in the provided space
  • Click the attachment icon icon to attach any files
  • Click the record or upload media icon icon to record/upload media from your computer


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