How to Send Email in Canvas

How to Send Email in Canvas

This guide will show you how to send email in Canvas. Please note that your course must be published before you can send students an email or an announcement.

Sending email through Canvas

 First, and most importantly, your course must be Published in order for you to send messages to your class.

To send an email in Canvas click on the Inbox icon [1] on the Global Navigation Menu.

To create a new message, click on the Compose a New Message icon [2].

Canvas email compose new message


In the Course dropdown menu [3], select the course to which you would like to send a message. Courses that are on your Dashboard are listed under Favorite Courses [4]. All other courses are listed under More Courses.

Canvas compose email select course dropdown menu
Canvas compose email select course


Clicking the box labeled "Send an individual message to each recipient" [6] is similar to the Blind Carbon Copy (BCC) feature in most email systems. Each recipient will receive the message, but won't see who else was included in the message. If you choose not to click this box, all the recipients will see the entire recipient list.

After you have composed your message, click Send [7].

Canvas compose email options


You can see your sent messages by choosing Sent in the dropdown menu [8].

Canvas email sent folder

If you would like to receive a copy of any messages you send, you will need to change your Canvas settings.

Click on Account [9], then Notifications [10]. Scroll down to Conversations and select the check mark next to Conversations Created By Me [11].

Accessing notifications in canvas account
setting email preferences in canvas



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