Canvas Overview (Web)

What is a Canvas?

Canvases allow you to organize content within the workspace. You can combine individual assets within a canvas to present, locate, and share information more easily. A single canvas may contain one or more assets; in addition, multiple canvases can be nested or layered – one within the other.

Note: If you are using a Wall, read the Canvas Overview (Wall) topic.

Creating a Canvas

There are a few ways to create a canvas:

a) From the Workspace Toolbar

To add a canvas from the workspace toolbar:

  1. Click the canvas_icon (Canvas) icon.
  2. The Canvas Size modal opens, providing options for the size of your canvas.
  3. Click the desired size.
  4. A blue outline of the canvas displays as your mouse pointer. Drag the canvas to the desired location, then click to insert it.
  5. The canvas displays with adjustable anchor points and a toolbar. The title (Canvas 2) displays at the top.

The options in the canvas toolbar are (from left to right):

  • Background Color
  • Border Color
  • Layout
  • More - Displays the standard more options context menu for workspace assets.

To rename the canvas, double click the title at the top, then type the desired name.

b) From the Context Menu

To add a canvas from the workspace asset context menu:

  1. Add one or more assets to the workspace.
  2. Click and drag your mouse pointer across the assets. This group selects them, forming a frame around the assets.
  3. From the asset toolbar, click the Dot (More) icon. A context menu opens.
  4. From this menu, select Create Canvas.
  5. The group selected assets are enclosed in a canvas.

You can resize the canvas by clicking and dragging its adjustable anchor points. Use the toolbar to change the background color, border color, and size.

You can also copy, duplicate, edit, move, pin, resize, and sort canvases. For more information, search tags: Canvas.

Nesting Canvases Within Canvases

You can nest canvases, performing this action in one of two ways: By creating a new canvas (which will include existing canvases) or by nesting an existing canvas within a larger one.

a) Create A New Canvas Around Existing Ones

To create a new canvas around one or more existing canvases:

  1. Click the canvas_icon (Canvas) icon in the workspace toolbar.
  2. The Canvas Size modal opens, providing options for the size of your canvas.
  3. Select a canvas size that is large enough to contain the existing canvases.
  4. Drag the canvas in the desired position, then click to insert it.

b) Nest One Existing Canvas Inside Another One

To nest an existing canvas within a larger one, the canvas being nested inside the other canvas must fit entirely within the other canvas’ frame.

  1. Identify two separate workspace canvases.
  2. Click the canvas title of the smaller canvas.
  3. Once the canvas is highlighted, drag it into the larger destination canvas.

Now when you move the larger canvas, the smaller canvas moves with it.

Editing a Canvas

You can edit various aspects of a canvas, including:

  • Name
  • Size
  • Background color
  • Border color

To edit a canvas:

  1. Hover your mouse over the canvas you want to edit.

  2. Click the title at the top of the canvas. The canvas is highlighted, and a toolbar displays.

  3. The options are (from left to right:)

  • Background Color
  • Border Color
  • Layout
  • Present
  • More- Displays the standard more options context menu for workspace assets.
  1. To edit the canvas name, double-click the title at the top of the canvas. The title becomes an editable field.

Creating a Hyperlink to a Canvas (Web)

You can create a canvas hyperlink to share with workspace collaborators, enabling them to access this canvas directly.

To create a canvas hyperlink:

  1. Hover your mouse over the canvas you want to edit.
  2. Click the title at the top of the canvas. The canvas is highlighted, and a toolbar displays.
  3. Click the Dot (More) icon in the toolbar.
  4. A context menu opens. Click the Copy Link option.
    A confirmation message displays.
  5. Share the link as needed.

Note: If a user is not a designated workspace collaborator, they will not be able to use the link.

Copying versus Duplicating a Canvas

Duplicating a canvas allows you to create an identical canvas in the same workspace as the original. Copying allows you to re-create a canvas in the same or different workspace.

To duplicate a canvas and its content:

  1. Hover your mouse over the canvas you want to edit.
  2. Click the title at the top of the canvas. The canvas is highlighted, and a toolbar displays.
  3. Click the Dot (More) icon in the toolbar.
  4. A context menu opens. Click the Duplicate option.
    The duplicate appears to the right of the original canvas. Both a copied canvas and a duplicate canvas appear with the term – Copy – appended to the Canvas Name.

The duplicate displays on the right.

Deleting a Canvas

You can remove a canvas from the workspace; however, the canvas contents remain.

To delete a canvas:

  1. Hover your mouse over the canvas you want to edit.
  2. Click the title at the top of the canvas. The canvas is highlighted, and a toolbar displays.
  3. Click the Dot (More) icon in the toolbar.
  4. A context menu opens. Click the Delete option.

The canvas is removed from the workspace. If you inadvertently delete a canvas, you can click the undo_icon (Undo) icon near the bottom left of the workspace to restore it.

Searching for a Canvas

You can add multiple canvases to a workspace. For ease of access, you can use the Search icon to find canvases.

To locate a canvas:

  1. Click the search (new) (Search) icon located near the top left of the workspace. The Search panel opens.
  2. Click the Canvas Name from the available list or enter this reference in the Search field.
  3. You also can click the filter_icon (Sort) icon (next to the Search field), organizing your search by Created Date , Name , and Color . You must click this icon to reveal the Sort By field.

After you make a selection, the workspace automatically adjusts the viewing window to center around the canvas location. Each canvas has a preset center point and zoom level, and the workspace view adjusts accordingly.

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Can someone clarify how our search functions? I am searching under the Canvas tab for a specific canvas name and it is returning many more results than I would expect.

@HMarine Good catch! Is the goal to have your exact search (or most similar to it) to appear at the top versus a list of the canvases that include the word “meeting” or “notes”? I’ll make note of this and pass along to our Product Development team. :slight_smile:

@Lauren Yes, I would say anytime there is an exact match it should appear at the top.