Canvas Preferences and Opal Accounts

Email Notifications from Canvas

To reduce the frequency of email notifications from Canvas courses, follow the steps below to change your Canvas account preferences. Notifications are sent for different types of events in your Canvas courses. For example, a notice might be sent when new material is added to a course.

  1. Log on to
  2. Click Account (top left).
  3. Click Notifications.
  4. To the right, under the Email Address column, set frequency for each type of Notification (never, daily, weekly or immediately).

Time zones in Canvas

By default, Canvas is set to PST, the University of Washington’s time zone. To set your own time zone, follow these steps.

  1. Log on to
  2. Click Account (top left).
  3. Click Settings and then click Edit Settings (right side menu).
  4. Choose Time Zone.
  5. Click Update Settings.


To complete the activation process for your account in Opal, complete the following steps:

  1. 1. Log in
    • Sign on for OpalQM is tied to your UW NetID. You may be asked to log in if you are not already.
  2. 2. Access your account information
    • In the upper-right hand corner of the Opal screen, place the mouse over your name and then click on My Account when it appears.account
  3. Adjust time zone and calendar information
    • Choose the correct time zone (found at the bottom of the screen) and click ‘Save.’
    • If you have a Google calendar you wish to associate with your account, click the word ‘Authorize’ under the Google Calendar Synchronization Information section. Follow the directions to sync the appropriate calendar in the pop-up, then ‘Save’ again.