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Canvas - Mute/Unmute an Assignment with Grade Posting Policy [UW-Madison]

Mute/Unmute Assignment commands were a popular feature in a previous iteration of Canvas Gradebook. This document shows how to replicate the Mute/Unmute Assignment feature by creating a grade posting policy in the Gradebook.
  1. In your Canvas course, select Grades.
  2. Select the menu (three stacked dots) button, for the assignment.
    assignment ellipsis
  3. Select Grade Posting Policy.
    grade posting policy
  4. In the resulting panel to the right, select the Manually checkbox.
    select manually
  5. Select the Save button.
  6. The word Manual now appears in the header for this assignment.
    word manual in header
  7. Select the menu button (3 stacked dots) for the assignment, again.
  8. Select Hide grades > Hide. (This command hides all grades for this assignment from all students.)
    select Hide Grades
    select hide
  9. The not visible icon (eyeball-with-a-slash) will appear in the header for this assignment.
    eyeball icon
  10. Enter/edit the grades for the assignment as desired.
  11. When you are finished entering/editing grades, and ready to release them to the students, select the menu button (3 stacked dots), for the assignment.
  12. Select Post grades from the drop-down menu. (All students are automatically notified of their new/edited grade.)


  • After selecting Hide grades, the grades (for that assignment) for all students will be hidden.
    • Students will not see their grade for that assignment until you select Post grades.
  • Once you post grades, all new and edited grades will be automatically posted for all students.
    • Any new grades you enter and any old grades you edit, will also be instantly sent to the student.
    • If you want to re-suppress grades, select hide grades again.
  • If you have chosen to hide grades for a quiz, Canvas will not show students their quiz scores until you go to the Gradebook and select Post grades.
    • Therefore, if you'd like a quiz to be automatically graded, a manual grade posting policy may not be desirable.

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KeywordsKB, Knowledgebase, Mute, Unmute, Grade, Posting, Policy, gradebook, book   Doc ID95543
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Created2019-11-04 09:39:31Updated2023-02-08 13:31:09
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