Enabling Design Tools

The Design Tools sidebar is not visible by default. You’ll need to enable using a keyboard shortcut.

Enabling with Keyboard Shortcut

To open the Design Tools sidebar in Canvas:

  1. Open the Canvas course.
  2. Navigate to the content you wish to edit.
  3. Click the “Edit” button.
  4. Hold the control key (^) and type the 1 key (this works the same on Macs and PCs)
control plus 1
  1. You will see the Design Tools sidebar open on the right side of the screen.

Note: The older keyboard shortcut Alt+Shift+D for Widows users or Shift+Option+D for Mac users will also work, but we find the control + 1 is easier to remember.

Next Step: Setting Up Design Tools

Once you’ve enabled Design Tools for the first time, take a minute to review the recommended settings to suit your preferences.

Switching Back to the Old Sidebar

You can always click revert back to the old version if needed by following the steps below. 

1. Click on “MORE OPTIONS

Clicking the three dots in the top right corner will open the more options menu.

2. Click on “User Settings



4. Click OK to allow page to reload

You will receive a warning that any changes you made will not be save, but you can click OK if you haven’t made edits to the page.

Enabling the New Design Tools Sidebar

If you’ve switched to the old sidebar and need to switch back, you can do so from the settings section.

1. Click on Edit

2. Click on the Design Tools Settings

The gear icon in the top right opens the settings pane.

3. Click on “Try New Version

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