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How do I create hyperlinks to user or group files in the Rich Content Editor as a student?

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 user or group files in the Rich Content Editor as a student?

You can use the Rich Content Editor to insert hyperlinks to document, image, and media files stored in your user files and group files. 


  • To create hyperlinks to group files, you must open the Rich Content Editor within a group.
  • If you set a file as restricted and link to that file in the Rich Content Editor, other group members will be able to view that file using the link in the Rich Content Editor.

Open Rich Content Editor

Open Rich Content Editor

Open the 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).

View and Sort Files

View and Sort Files

By default, the Add menu displays all files in your selected file source [1].

To sort the displayed files by image, document, or media file type, click the Type drop-down menu [2].

To sort the displayed files by date added, date published, or alphabetically, click the Sort by drop-down menu [3].

To search for a file, enter the file name in the Search field [4]. You must enter at least three characters for search results to display.

Select File

View and Sort Files

Click the name of the file you want to link in the Rich Content Editor.

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

Save Changes

Save Changes

Click the Save button.

Note: When using the Rich Content Editor in Discussions, the Save button may appear as the Post Reply button.

View Content

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

To download the file, click the Download icon [2].

Note: Links to external URLs display an Open icon [3].

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