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

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

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 New Rich Content Editor in Canvas. Several features in Canvas support the New Rich Content Editor, including Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, and Syllabus. When embedded, Google slide presentations default to presentation mode.

In Google, you can link or embed files. When files are linked in the New 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, the edits also display in Canvas.


  • If you cannot view the Google Drive option in the New Rich Content Editor LTI Tools menu, 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.
  • The New Rich Content Editor is currently a course opt-in feature. You can manage your course features in Course Settings.

Open New Rich Content Editor

Open New Rich Content Editor

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

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).

Open Apps

Open Apps

You can view a list of external tools from the menubar. Click the Tools link [1]. Navigate to the Apps option [2], then select the View All option [3].

Alternatively, you can view your apps from the toolbar. In the toolbar, click the App icon [4].

Note: To view the App icon, you may have to click the Options icon [5].

Open Google

Open Google

If the Google LTI tool does not display in your recently used applications, you will need to select it from the list of all applications.

Click the Google link [1].

You can also filter menu options using the Search field [2].

Note: If the Google link does not display, the LTI may not be enabled in your course. 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.

Locate File

Locate File

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

Save Changes

Save Changes

Click the Save button.


  • 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.

Problem. I've embedded a Powerpoint with clickable links into a page. I've verified that the external links do, in fact, work...while the editor window is open. Once I've saved the document, the links no longer work, on click. I can right-click the links and they open, but they do not work other than that. Is there any method, HTML  code, or other settings that will allow this to work? Sorry if this has been covered but I'm under a time crunch and thought asking directly. I hope these comments are monitored frequently.

@CanvasDocTeam I'm having the same issue. I'm embedding the slide into a page with links attached. The links work in editor mode. When the page is saved, the links won't open but are still there.

When I go to edit the page again, it says "Found auto-saved content" and the links are active in the preview of that content but saying yes to revert to that content and saving still has links that are there but won't open.

I'm not sure if this may help, but make sure your documents/slides are in -My Drive- not in the Share Drives.

@misteremross and @Ch_Higgins,

Please use the Report a Problem link from the Canvas Help Menu to let our Support team know about the discrepancy that you are seeing between preview and actual visibility of the slideshow.

Note: We do monitor our guides comments, but we are experiencing an influx of comments unlike anything we have ever seen on top of our daily responsibilities of actually writing and updating guides. So there is an obvious delay in our response times.


I am aware of how to embed a Google Doc, Slides, etc. 

What I'm wondering is how to embed it so that when the students see the embedded document, it is a "copy" of my original document that is automatically copied to their drive so that as they start to type on the document, they are working on their own version. 

My daughter's teacher was doing this last year and it was very efficient and easy for the kids. 


Thank you.

@jblankman it sounds like you want to create a Google Drive cloud assignment. This embeds your doc as the assignment content and when a student opens the assignment, Google creates a new copy of your doc in their own Google Drive which they can edit and submit as their assignment submission. Directions are found here:

Let us know if you have any other questions.


- Nathan

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