With Course Files, you can rename, move, copy, overwrite, download, and perform a quick search for files and folders.
You can move a file to a different folder, and you can move a folder into another folder. When you rename or move files and folders, the links to content in your course remain intact.
You can rename, copy, and move any file and any folder except the top-level course ID folder.
When you copy a folder, links to the content in the folder are not copied. The content remains linked to the files inside the original folder. The files inside the copied folder lose their original permissions and inherit any new ones associated with its new parent folder.
When you move a file or folder, the links to content in your course remain intact. If you move a file to a different folder, it maintains its original permissions. It does not inherit permissions associated with the parent folder. The same is true for all files in a moved folder. To learn more about permissions, see Controlling Access to Course Files.
You can edit and overwrite individual files in Course Files while maintaining the course links to those files. When overwriting a file, the new version remains in the original location and the old version goes to the overwritten files folder.
When creating a content item in the Getting Started content area, you create a link to the syllabus file in Course Files. Later, you need to make changes to the file. You edit a copy of the file on your computer and upload the new version of the syllabus to Course Files using the Overwrite File function. The link to the file in the content area remains intact. When students access the syllabus in your course, they see the revised content.
Make changes to a file on your computer that was previously uploaded to Course Files, as well as linked in your course.
When you edit or overwrite a file, changes made to the file appear in your course. You do not need to edit the link in your course. For example, you can edit and overwrite one or more files in an unzipped package, such as a lesson linked in your course. You do not need to remove the entire unzipped package and upload it again after editing. The link to the lesson will remain intact in your course.
When you overwrite files in Course Files, file names and link titles in your course do not change. For example, if the original linked file in your course is named group_presentation.doc and you overwrite the file with group_information.doc, the original file name of group_presentation.doc remains in your course. This is different than some familiar workflows, such as in Windows Explorer, but it enables you to easily change content without creating new links.
You can select files and folders in Course Files and download them to your computer as a zipped package. This is helpful if you want to reuse selected files and folders in other courses or edit several files and folders offline.
Files and folders you edit on your computer and upload again into Course Files retain their links in your course, as long as the original file names remain. If you change the name of a file or folder while it is on your computer, a new file or folder is saved in Course Files when uploading. The edits made to the file or folder will not show in your course where it is linked. When uploading, you can overwrite files which you may have renamed while on your computer to ensure course links remain intact. To learn more, see How to Overwrite a File in Course Files.
Search for files and folders within Course Files using the Search function in the Files section of the Control Panel.
If this feature is not available, your institution may have disabled the feature.
To perform a quick search of Course Files, expand the Files section of the Control Panel. Type a keyword or text string in the text box and click Go. Searches are not case-sensitive. Results appear on the Search Content page. The search produces files and folders in the specific course, not from across courses.
Alternatively, click Basic Search below the text box in the Files section to open the Basic Search page in the content frame. A basic search locates files and folders based on a keyword or single text string AND allows you to search file contents. Select the check box for Search File Contents. File contents are indexed periodically, so new content may not be found immediately. Searching file contents can increase the search time.