Canvas Inbox: Hyperlinks Need To Open A New Browser Tab When Clicked


When I write a message to my students using the Canvas Conversations Inbox tool, and if I post a hyperlink to a resource in the message, the link will, by default, take students away from Canvas when they click on it.  

A simple programming solution would, by default, make all hyperlinks posted in a Canvas Inbox message open a new browser tab/window when clicked.  Let's stop forcing students out of Canvas when they often need to remain within Canvas while exploring other resources.

Instructure Alumni
Instructure Alumni
Status changed to: Open
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Quick note on this: I was going to submit a similar idea. Most websites, if you hold a modifier (depends what OS you are on, Command⌘ on Mac, Control on Windows) and click, it opens in a new tab. But for some reason, Canvas (At least on the calendar) does not do this.

Status changed to: Archived
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