Manage Files

File Management on the iPad

Learn how to use:

Uploading Files from OneDrive to the Canvas iPad App

In order to upload files, such as assignments or lab reports, from OneDrive to the Canvas iPad app, it is necessary to tell OneDrive to open the file in Canvas.

Step 1: Occurs in OneDrive

  1. Tap the … icon and tap Select Items.
  2. Tap the radio button for the file you want to submit.
  3. In preview, touch the ŸŸŸ… icon and select Open in Another App. od1
  4. From the resulting list, select Canvas.
  5. The Canvas app will open and produce a File Received message. Tap OK.


Step 2: Occurs in Canvas

  1. Open the Canvas app if it is not open already.
  2. Navigate to the Course and Assignment to which you need to upload the file.
  3. At the top right, select the Submission tab. od2
  4. At the top left, select Turn In.
  5. A prompt window will open with circles at the bottom indicate pages.od3
  6. One finger swipe from right to left until you find the file from OneDrive.
  7. Click the red upload icon to select the document for uploading.
  8. Click Submit at the top right of the screen to submit the assignment.

Downloading Files from the Canvas iPad App to OneDrive

Downloading files from Canvas to OneDrive is very easy.
The following instructions outline how to download a file to OneDrive from Canvas.

  1. Select and preview the file you wish to move to OneDrive.
  2. Click the Share icon at the top right of the page.AirDrop
  3. Select the Open In
  4. From the apps list, select OneDrive.
  5. At the bottom of the resulting page, select Upload to OneDrive.


Quick Guide to App Functionality

The following table provides a brief overview of which apps can connect with one another. Please note that some apps can send to another app, but lack the ability to open files from that same app.

Dropbox iAnnotate Notability OneNote
Create Documents No Yes Yes No
Annotate Documents Yes Yes Yes No
Send to Dropbox Yes Yes Yes
Send to iAnnotate Yes Yes Yes
Send to Notability Yes No Yes
Send to Google Docs No No No Yes
Send to OneDrive Yes Yes Yes

Configuring Dropbox

Dropbox is an app that allows you to sync your photos, documents and videos between your devices.dropbox

To configure the app, tap on the Dropbox icon to open it. If you have a Dropbox account, enter your email and password to log in. If you have not created an account, click the “New to Dropbox?” link, then fill out the required information and tap “Create free account.” Once logged in to Dropbox, you will see your files and folders on the left hand side of the page. You can tap on any of the documents to view them in Dropbox, or you can tap the arrow in the upper right corner of the document to open it with a different program. You will see a list of apps that can open the document, when you tap this arrow.

Basic Tasks:

  • To open a file in Dropbox, tap on the name of the file in the menu on the left side of the app.
  • To open a file in another program, click the arrow in the upper right corner of the document, and tap on the program with which you want to open the file.
  • To move a file to a folder, tap on the “Edit” button at the top of the Dropbox menu. Then, tap the circle next to the document you wish to move. Tap the move button at the bottom of the menu and select the correct folder. Tap the “Choose” button to move the file.
  • To create a folder, follow the steps for moving a file, but tap “Create Folder” instead of the folder name. Type the name of the new folder and tap “Create.” Tap the “Choose” button to move the file.

Not only can you open files into other programs from the Dropbox app, you can open Dropbox programs from within other apps.  When you sync apps with Dropbox, they will appear on your Dropbox account.  You can manage these connections by logging in to your Dropbox Account online and clicking the “My Apps” tab.

Using iAnnotate

You can use iAnnotate to open and make annotations to any PDF. When viewing a PDF, tap the arrow button in the upper right corner of the document and select “Open in iAnnotate.” You can use the tools on the right side of the app to highlight, write notes, or draw on the document.


To organize your documents, tap the Library button in the upper left corner of the app.

You can create a folder by taping the new folder button in the upper right corner and typing a title in the text box. You’ll notice that there is a small circle on the upper right corner of each document preview. Tap the circle to select documents. A green checkmark will appear in the circle and you can drag the document into a folder with your finger.


You can also connect iAnnotate to Dropbox so that you can pass documents between the two apps. Note: You must create a Dropbox account before connecting the apps.

  1. Open iAnnotate and tap the Library button in the upper left corner of the app.
  2. Select the “Manage Connections” option in the bottom left corner.
  3. Tap the plus button to setup a new connection and choose Dropbox as the connection type. Fill in a description and your Dropbox login email and tap “Setup Connection.”


To move a file from iAnnotate to Dropbox, make sure that you are in Library View. Select the documents you wish to sync, by tapping the small circle in the upper left corner of the document preview. Tap the “Move” button on the left side of the screen, then select your Dropbox account as the target folder. You can select a sub-folder from your Dropbox account. You will receive a confirmation at the top of the screen when your documents have finished uploading to Dropbox. You can also download files from Dropbox to iAnnotate. In Library View, select Dropbox from your managed connections. Your Dropbox folders and files will appear in iAnnotate with the blue Dropbox logo.

Using Notability

Notability is an app that allows you to create and annotate documents. You can type, write, draw and highlight on both new and preexisting documents. From the home menu of the app you can organize and create files.

  • To create a new note, tap the square button in the upper right corner of the app. Use the toolbar at the top to create content.
  • To open a document, simply tap its name.
  • To create a folder (a.k.a., subject), tap the plus button and title the folder.
  • To move a file, tap and hold the preview thumbnail and drag it into the subject folder with your finger.
  • To connect a file to another app, tap the arrow in the upper left corner. Tap on the note(s) you wish to move and tap the arrow again.
    • Tap the button under “Choose a Destination.”
    • Select the destination where you would like to send your file.
    • Tap the “Send to” button at the bottom of the “Share” box.


To open a file in a different app, tap the arrow in the upper left corner, as in the example above. This time, select the “Open in” option from the share list. Select the app you wish to use from the drop-down list.