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Convert Files (PPT, PDF, Word) to Canvas Pages

Last updated on December 10, 2021

Using Pages is the best way to distribute material within Canvas. Pages are built to work with web browsers, so they display better and cooperate with multiple platforms (different browsers, different device types, etc.) better than downloadable files. Another advantage is the ability to edit Pages right in Canvas. So if you need to update some information, you don’t have to worry about updating and uploading a new file to replace the old one, you can just update the written notes on the page.

Important: For this tutorial, you will want to have a PowerPoint presentation, PDF document, or Word Document open to copy information from.


  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas Account.
  4. Select the Course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Module where you would like to create/edit a page.
    • To edit an existing page, skip to Step 12.
  7. Click the + Button to the right of the module title.
  8. Select Page from the drop-down menu.
  9. Click [New Page].
  10. Type Title for the page.
  11. Click Add Item.
  12. Click the Title of the page to open it.
  13. Click Edit in the upper right.
  14. Open the File you’d like to copy information from (PowerPoint Presentation, PDF document, or Word Document).
  15. Highlight the Text on the document that you want to copy.
    • If you are copying a PowerPoint, you could do one slide at a time. With other files, you could select the whole document.
  16. Copy the Text by right-clicking and selecting copy or by using the keyboard shortcut CTRL+C.
  17. Paste the text in the Rich Content Editor Text Box on Canvas by right-clicking and selecting paste or with the keyboard shortcut CTRL+V.
  18. Adjust Formatting, as necessary, using the tools at the top of the Rich Content Editor.
  19. Repeat Steps 14-17 until all the slides have been copied.
  20. Click Save in the lower right to save the Page in Canvas.

Recommendations to Enhance Your Page

Consider recording your lecture as a video to give context to your notes. Many students find it helpful to be able to read the notes and have an explanation of the notes from you, their instructor. It also helps the course to flow and feel more active. If you have images in your notes, please see the tutorial “Add Alt Text in Canvas.”