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Pdf File created from a Word 2016 Doc with a link to an Excel 2016 File, link not working in pdf in Canvas.

I have a pdf file that I created from a Microsoft Word 2016 document, and I also have an Microsoft Excel 2016 worksheet. I made a link in my Word document to my Excel worksheet. When I open my Word document, and click on the link I created, my Excel worksheet downloads so I can save it and use it.  

I created a Adobe Pdf file of my Word Document, and then I select both my Pdf file and my Excel Worksheet and zipped them together as a Zipped file. 

I went into Canvas, followed the instructions for uploading a Zipped file. ! created a Folder in My Files and uploaded the Zipped File, and had it "Expand the content into the current folder." The folder in Canvas, contains two files. My pdf and my Excel Worksheet.  


I went into my Assignment in Canvas where I linked my Pdf and saved it.  When I go back into the assignment and click on the link for the pdf, the Pdf opens, when I click on the link with the pdf, Nothing happens, the Excel worksheet that I haved linked to does not open. 

Can anyone help me? I checked the Canvas community, but can't seem to find anyone having this issue. I have tried several ways to get this to work. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can make this work? 

I'm new to Canvas, and currently working in a "sandbox," developing and designing a course.

Any help or guidance would be appreciated.

Thanks,

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Hi abbotc@rpi.edu‌,

Could you try to make the Word file into a Page in Canvas and then linking to the Excel file from within the page?

Additionally, you can also try to edit the Word document to link to the URL of the Excel file in Canvas instead of linking it to a place in your computer.

I know this sounds weird, but it might be worth it to give it a shot.

Good luck!

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I thought about that, but the pdf file is an additional resource that is embedded in a paragraph in a page already. If I try to link to the URL in Canvas, if we decide to use this course for other courses, we could run into problems because of the permanent link. 

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The best option would be to put the Excel file in a public available place (such as Google Sheets, One Drive, or maybe a repository owned by your school) and then link the Word Document to that location. 

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I figured out a way to "link the Excel file" in my pdf to the actual file location in Canvas! I created a Folder in my Course File and uploaded my Excel File into the Folder. Once the file uploaded, I right-click on the file name and copied the "link address." I opened my original Word file on my desktop and created a Weblink to the instructure file location. I saved my Word document, and then saved it as a "pdf" file. I uploaded my pdf into my course file folder (the same folder as the Excel file). I then went to the location in my content and linked to my pdf file, and saved.  Now when I go into the course and click on the pdf, the file opens, and then I click on the link for the worksheet, I am able to download the worksheet file to use it. It works fine in the Student view. Not sure if this is the best way to do this (I'm new at this), but it works for now.

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