How do I create hyperlinks to course and user files in the New Rich Content Editor as an instructor?

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You can use the Rich Content Editor to insert hyperlinks to document, image, and media files stored in your course files and to your user files.

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Open New Rich Content Editor

Open New Rich Content Editor

Open the New Rich Content Editor when creating or editing an announcement, assignment, discussion, page, quiz, or syllabus.

Note: The Rich Content Editor supports keyboard shortcuts. To view the Keyboard Shortcuts menu, click the Keyboard icon or press ALT+F8 (PC keyboard) or ALT+FN+F8 (Mac keyboard).

Select Link Location

Select Link Location

To insert a link displaying the name of the file, click to place your cursor in the location in the New Rich Content Editor where you want the link to appear [1].

To insert a hyperlink to a course content item, select the text for your hyperlink [2].

Open Course Links

Open Course Links

In the toolbar, click the Links icon [1] and select the Course Links option [2].

Note: To view the Links icon, you may have to click the Options icon [3].  

Select Files in Add Menu

Select Files in Add Menu

Click the Add drop-down menu [1]. To view files associated with the course, select the Course Files option [2]. To view your user files, select the User Files option [3].   

Note: The text will flash before turning into the hyperlink.

View Files

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By default, the Add menu displays all files in your selected file source [1].

To view course files, click the Course Files link [2].

To view your user files, click the My Files link [3].  

Sort Files

Sort Files

To sort the displayed files by image, document, or media file type, click the Type drop-down menu [1].

To sort the displayed files by date added, date published, or alphabetically, click the Display by drop-down menu [2].

Select File

View and Sort Files

Click the name of the file you want to link in the New Rich Content Editor.

Note: The text will flash before turning into the hyperlink.

View Link

View Link

View the link displaying the name of the file [1] or the hyperlinked text [2].

Save Changes

Save Changes

Click the Save button.

Notes:

  • The assignment, discussion, pages, and quizzes details pages display a Save & Publish button.
  • The Syllabus page displays an Update Syllabus button.
  • Discussion replies display a Post Reply button.

View Content

View Content

View the content. To view the linked file, click the link [1].

Note: Links to external URLs display an Open icon [2].

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