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How do I create hyperlinks to course or group content in the Rich Content Editor as an instructor?

Find your school's Canvas URL

To find your school or institution's Canvas URL, begin typing the name of your school/institution. Results will appear after you type at least 3 characters. For best results be as specific as possible. If you can't find your school, try using any part of your school's name or searching for your school district or state. You may also need to search for the school using the acronym or full name, for example "USU" and "Utah State University".

How do I create hyperlinks to course or group content in the Rich Content Editor as an instructor?

When using the Rich Content Editor, you can insert links to previously created course or group content. You may be able to link to content in Pages, Assignments, Quizzes, Announcements, Discussions, and Modules. You can also insert links that, when clicked, act like Course Navigation or Group Navigation links.

Note: To create hyperlinks to group content or Group Navigation links, you must open the Rich Content Editor within a group.

Open Rich Content Editor

Open Rich Content Editor

Open the Rich Content Editor when creating or editing an announcement, assignment, discussion, page, quiz, or syllabus.

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).

Select Course or Group Content

Select Course or Group Content

Use the Add menu to select the linked content. By default, the Add drop-down menu displays content Links options [1]. You can also add document, image, and media file links.

To search for course or group content, type at least three characters in the Search field [2].

Content items are grouped by content type. To view a list of course or group content items click the arrow icon next to the content type [3]. Then click the name of the course or group item you want to link in the Rich Content Editor [4].

Note: The text will flash before turning into the hyperlink.

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.

View Content

View the content. To view the linked course content, click the inserted link [1].

Note: Links to external URLs display an Open icon [2].

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