This page contains information helpful in producing PDF versions of student submissions.  We used this for ABET accreditation in 2015.

Printing Quizzes from Canvas

Instructions for viewing a particular students quiz results are available at Instructure's web page.


When you are displaying a particular students quiz, you can print or save it to PDF using the browsers menu commands (i.e File, Print etc).

If, when you click on a particular quiz, you get the error message below, you will need to change the Course "End Date" in the Settings Menu

  • Click settings in the left side Navigation Column
  • Change the "Ends" date for the course to some point in the future. (Note the original "Ends" date so that you can change it back)
  • Check the box next to "Users can only participate in the course between these dates"
  • Click "Update Course Details" at the bottom of the page.
  • You should now be able to print quizzes
  • When finished printing, change the "Ends" date back to it's original date.

The only risk resulting from changing the course "Ends" date is that if content changes are made to the course, students will get a notification which may cause some confusion as the class has already ended.  Just printing out Quizzes should not cause any notifications.

Linking Within a PDF

To link text to a section within a PDF, take the following steps. This requires Acrobat Professional and the plugin AutoBookmark by evermap.

Step 1: Creating Destinations

  • Merge all PDFs that will be part of the document.
  • In Acrobat with the final merged document open, click the Bookmark icon on the left in the gray bar:
  • In the list of bookmarks, make sure all the pages you want to link to are bookmarked. PDFs that have been merged are automatically bookmarked at the beginning.
    • If you need to add a new bookmark, navigate to the spot you want to bookmark, hit Ctrl-B on you keyboard, then name the bookmark.
  • When everything you plan to link to is bookmarked, click "Plug-ins", then "Destinations", then "Create from bookmarks".
  • Take the following options:

Step 2: Generating Links by Search

  • To link all instances of a particular phrase to a section in the PDF, click "Plug-ins", then "Links", then "Generate Links", then "Generate Links By Text Search (Single Rule)...":

  • Fill out the next window using the following as a template:

  • The "Link Action" section is the name of the bookmark with an @ symbol before it.
  • Repeat the process for other links, keeping in mind the different ways in which the search terms can appear (ENGS 89 and 90, ENGS 89/90, etc.)


Adobe Acrobat does not have the functionality for inserting Roman numeral page numbers, so the front matter page numbering can be done in one of two ways: either before merging into a pdf using Word, or manually entering the Roman numeral page by page in Acrobat.

Pagination in Microsoft Word

  • Open the document you'd like to insert page numbers in, and go to the "Insert" section on the navigation ribbon at the top of the page.
  • Click on "Page Number" and select the location on the page where you'd like the page numbers to appear.

  • Once you've chosen the location, Word should open the Design tab in the ribbon, where you can select Page Number again (it's now moved to the left) and click "Format Page Number".

  • Configure the options in the following menu. Potentially relevant options here are changing the format for Roman numerals, and starting at a number other than 1.

Pagination in Adobe Acrobat

  • For normal page numbers, open the PDF in Acrobat and select "Tools" on the top right, then "Pages", then "Header & Footer", and finally "Add Header & Footer". If there is an existing header or footer, select "Add New" to create a new footer with different properties, or "Replace Existing" to replace what's already there.

  • At the "Add Header and Footer" window, place the cursor in the section where you want the page number, and click "Insert Page Number". If you want to start on a number other than one, click "Page Number and Date Format..." on the right. You can also set the page range for the header and footer by clicking "Page Range Options".

  • Once everything is configured correctly, click "OK".
  • To insert Roman numerals, you'll need to repeat this process for each page and iterate each time (i, ii, iii, iv, etc.).