I inserted an image from Flickr changed my mind and deleted it. But the external link icon stayed and no ammount of deleting would get rid of it. The only solution was to edit the HTML. Is this right?
If the remnants of a link won't disappear, sometimes going to the HTML view is the safest and surest way to get rid of it.
You could also highlight some text before and after the link to make sure that you get it and then delete that, re-entering the text. If you try to just get rid of the link itself, it's easy to miss it, which is why you would need some text, even a single character, on both sides to be sure.
I did highlight text and deleted several times. I could see the link on the page but when I went to the RTE it was not visible. I found the link icon in the HTML but wondered if there was another way. Maybe not.
Not everything shows up in the Rich Content Editor (RCE) the way it will when displayed on the page. Some styling is that way, especially if you use classes to apply styles. The external link styling is another thing that is applied when it's displayed to the user. I just verified that you can create a link with no text and there's no way in the RCE to tell that it's there without going to the HTML editor view. I've never intentionally tried to create a link without text before within Canvas, but I think I have experienced issues with lists and links before.
If you're unable to select enough text around it to get rid of it, then the HTML editor view is the way to get rid of it.
Retrieving data ...