Computer Setup Wizard for Canvas

computer setup imageIt is important that you prepare your computer to be configured properly while using Canvas. Please use the information below to make adjustments to your computer.

There are four main sections to verifying that your computer is properly configured - Browser Setup, Plug-ins, Zoom, & Microsoft Office 365.



Browser Setup

Image of four main browser logos

Because it's built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. Canvas supports the last two versions of every browser release.

*If you receive the "Warning" indicator it means you are currently running a newer version than Canvas currently supports.

As of August 3,2019, Internet Explorer 11 is no longer a supported browser in Canvas. Please use a different browser to access Canvas. For a list of supported Browsers, please refer to the Canvas Guide for Browsers.



puzzle icon for plug-insPlug-ins are third party applications that enable extended functionality to your browser.

Flash is required in several places in Canvas: media recording/streaming and viewing as well as uploading files to a course or an assignment. Other than these features, Flash is not required to use most areas of Canvas. Please note that some browsers may no longer support Flash.

Download Flash

The Java plug-in is required for screen sharing in Conferences. Please note that some browsers do not support Java. Otherwise, there are no other browser plug-ins used by Canvas.

Download Java



zoom iconZoom is a platform of tools that provides synchronous video and audio interaction, display, and collaborative tools for online and blended courses.

To access Zoom within Canvas, first ensure that you have created your account at, then click on the “Zoom” link located on the left navigation panel of your course. For more information on setting up your Zoom account please see the guides on the Zoom Tutorials page.

To test your connection prior to joining please the Zoom Test Meeting page.


Microsoft Office 365

microsoft office logoMicrosoft Office is the UAB campus supported office document software and is required for all documents submitted within your distance accessible courses.

Microsoft Office is a suite of applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access (for creating databases). In an effort to better serve our students UAB has moved all student email from UAB's central Exchange system to Microsoft's Office 365 system. This change not only upgrades your @UAB email account but will also provide access to new features such as Microsoft Office (download), OneDrive web storage and web apps

To access Office 365, use your BlazerID and password at