Hi again, @ErickaEppler ...
I just wanted to also include an example of what the HTML code might look like. In this example, I used a PowerPoint file, but the code should be similar for a PDF file or Word document. Please note that I have highlighted some ID numbers and other information so that it's a little more generic. These numbers would be different for you...including where it says "SchoolName" in the URL.
<p><a class="instructure_file_link instructure_scribd_file auto_open" title="Link" href="https://SchoolName.instructure.com/courses/1234567/files/123456789?wrap=1" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-canvas-previewable="true" data-api-endpoint="https://SchoolName.instructure.com/api/v1/courses/1234567/files/123456789" data-api-returntype="File">Reflection on Learning.pptx</a></p>
Also, here is the Guide on how to view the HTML code on any given content page in your course:
I hope this helps as well! Keep us posted!
@Chris_Hofer I tried recreating the link many times, but it did not work. I then tried your suggestion, and that works! The difference was in the HTML where your sample file coded "auto_open," but the inline preview was disabled in my file. Now I can see the preview. Thank you!