TidyUp

 

TidyUP is a content cleanup tool for Canvas courses that provides a quick way to view all of the content in your course and clean out anything that is no longer needed. Identifying and deleting extra files, folders, pages, or assignments that are no longer makes your course easier to manage and more usable for everyone!

 

TidyUP User's Guide

 

TidyUP: File and Page Cleanup Tools for Canvas Overview

TidyUP is a fast and easy way to check for and delete unused files and pages in the Canvas LMS.

 

Activating the Tool

First, double-check to see if you see TidyUP listed in your course navigation. If it is you are already set! Go ahead down to Step 2: Start your first Scan. 

If you do not see TidyUP listed in your menu then you can add it from your course settings:

settings highlighted in canvas course menu

From Course Settings click on the Navigation tab: 

navigation tab in canvas course settings

Find TidyUP from the list of unused items in the bottom and drag it to the top: 

move tidy up to the active course tools

Click Save:

save button

You can now click on TidyUP in your Course Navigation and start your first scan! (See below)

Scan Your Course

When you click on TidyUP you will see the TidyUP Welcome page. 

Click the big "Scan Course" button to get started!

scan course button

Your scan is now in progress. Depending on how much content you have in your course this may take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. 

As soon as the scan is finished you will see some tabs where you can view all of the files, folders and Canvas content in your course. 

Utilizing the Report

The Files tab shows all unused files housed within a course. This is determined by if the file is linked to through content within the course being scanned.

Each line in the report has information regarding a specific file. As you hover over each file name, you will be able to view additional details regarding that file.

example of file information in tidy up

 

Select headings at the top of the table to filter files alphabetically, by last update, or by file size.

Use the Search bar to quickly locate specific files such as duplicates.

tidy up search bar

 

Use filters on the right to view specific file types or to show files in use.

file type drop down menu

 

To delete an individual file, select the red garbage can to the right of file.

To delete multiple files, check the grey box to the left of the files. You can then download the selected files to a ZIP file by selecting the Download Selected in the upper right and then selecting Delete Selected to remove those files from the course.

To delete all unused files, check the grey box on the left next to File Name in the table heading to select all files. You can then download all files to a ZIP file by selecting the Download Selected in the upper right and then selecting Delete Selected to remove those files from the course.

If flash files are found in a course, you will notice an alert box at the top of the report so that you are able to remediate those files immediately, before browsers block them.

flash files warning message

CidiLabs (2021), TidyUP User's Guide, Retrieved from https://cidilabs.instructure.com/courses/2854.