Design Plus (formerly known as Design Tools) is a package integrated within Canvas that provides additional tools for streamlining the creation of course sites and improving the style and design of course banners, content pages, assignments, discussions and quizzes. The Multi-Tool can be used to quickly build the structure of a course and modify due dates for all activities in a Canvas site. The Content Editor can add a more engaging and organized style across a course site.


Content Editor - used to improve page layout with additional styling options such as pre-built themes, unique color-palettes, and accordions and tabs to organize course site navigation.

Multi-Tool - consists of three tools that are used to simplify and speed up the creation and maintenance of a course:

  • Page Templates - Create templates for each type of content pages you create (i.e. weekly overview, lab guidelines, presentation expectations, etc.) and then duplicate across multiple modules (units/weeks).
  • Module Builder - Quickly generate your course shell including placeholders for page templates, assignments, quizzes and discussions.
  • Due-date modifier - View and adjust due-dates for every graded assignment, quiz and discussion for your entire course and all on one page.

Upload/Embed Image Tool - Upload, crop, resize, style, and embed images anywhere in a Canvas course.

Getting Started

Access Design Tools from the Content Editor

A "rocket" icon will appear on the top right corner of Canvas while on any page that can utilize the Design Tools. Clicking the rocket will launch the Design Tools interface found on the right side of the page. 

Access Multi-Tool from the Course Navigation

The Multi-Tool can be accessed from your course navigation (after you move it up in the Navigation tab in your course setting). 

Design Tools Resources

Integration into Canvas

Additional Resources