Canvas: Set Your Preferred Name in Your Canvas Profile

You can change your Display Name in your Canvas account settings so your preferred name appears in discussions, messages, and comments. Your Full Name as specified in your Canvas settings will continue to be used for grading.

Setting your preferred name in Canvas

  1. Click Account in Global Navigation, then click the Settings link.
    canvas interface; account button selected; settings link highlighted
  2. Click the Edit Settings button.
    edit settings button selected
  3. Go to the Display Name and enter your preferred name. 
    canvas user account settings; Display Name showing preferred name.
  4. Click Update SettingsYour Display Name now shows your preferred name in your User Settings. 
    Settings Display name updated to preferred name