How do I create a hyperlink or embed a file from Google Drive into the Rich Content Editor as a student?

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If your course has enabled Google Apps, you can create a document, slide presentation, or spreadsheet using Google Drive and then embed that document anywhere you can use the Rich Content Editor in Canvas. The Rich Content Editor is used in features that support the editor (Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, or Syllabus). When embedded, Google slide presentations default to presentation mode.

In Google, you can link or embed files. When files are linked in the Rich Content Editor, the link displays the exact name of the file. Please ensure your file names are correct before linking a file. For embedded files, any time you edit the Google file, it will be automatically updated in Canvas.

Note: If you cannot view the Google Drive icon in the Rich Content Editor, you can still include your file by creating a hyperlink or publishing your Google content to the web and pasting the embed code in the HTML editor.

Open Rich Content Editor

Open Rich Content Editor

Open the Rich Content Editor using one of the Canvas features which support the Editor.

Open Google Drive

Open Google Drive

Click the Google Drive icon. If the icon does not display directly in the tool bar, the icon is included in the More External Tools drop-down menu.

Locate File

Locate File

Locate and click the file(s) you want to link.

Embed or Link File

Embed or Link File

To embed the file, click the Embed button [1]. The Rich Content Editor will display a placeholder image for the file.

To link the file, click the Link button [2]. The Rich Content Editor will display a link with the name of the file.

Save Changes

Save Changes

Click the Save button.

Note: When using the Rich Content Editor in Discussions, the Save button may appear as Post Reply.

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