How do I link to a YouTube video in the Rich Content Editor?

YouTube videos are automatically embedded in any feature that uses the Rich Content Editor. This lesson applies to the Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, and Syllabus features.

There are three different ways to link a YouTube video, depending on what you want it to look like:

  1. Insert Link into the Rich Content Editor (full link with embedded video)
  2. Insert Link with the Chain Icon (shortened link with optional embedded video)
  3. Hyperlink existing text (selected text becomes the link)

Insert Link into Rich Content Editor

Insert Link into Rich Content Editor

Open the Rich Content Editor using one of the Canvas features that support the Editor. Copy/paste the URL directly in the Rich Content Editor. Then press Enter (PC) or Return (MAC).

Verify Link

Verify the link, which will display the complete YouTube URL under the YouTube logo. The link will include a small thumbnail with an embedded video.

Save Changes

Save Changes

Click the Save button to save any changes to the post made in the Rich Content Editor. Note that when using the Rich Content Editor in the Syllabus and Discussions pages, the Save button may appear as “Update Syllabus” or “Post Reply”.

View Video

View Video

You can view the YouTube video by clicking on the link [1], which will open in a new browser window. Or you can click on the embedded video image [2], which will expand to a larger size and play the video without leaving the page.

Insert Link with Hyperlink icon

Insert Link with Hyperlink icon

Open the Rich Content Editor using one of the Canvas features that support the Editor. Click the Chain icon to link to the YouTube URL.

Paste Link

Type or copy/paste the YouTube URL in the text box [1]. By default, a small embedded image of the video will appear, showing the video you have selected. The link will also include a small thumbnail with an embedded video. Note: If you do not want to include the embedded video, click the Disable inline previews for this link checkbox [2]. When you are ready to insert the video link into the Rich Content Editor, click the Insert Link button [3].

Verify Link

Verify the link, which will display Link under the YouTube™ logo [1]. The link will still include a small thumbnail with an embedded video. You may see the link flash yellow the moment it is inserted and then turn blue, indicating it is a link.

Note: When you insert a YouTube video link and disable the inline preview, only the link will appear [2].

Save Changes

Save Changes

Click the Save button to save any changes to the post made in the Rich Content Editor. Note that when using the Rich Content Editor in the Syllabus and Discussions pages, the Save button may appear as “Update Syllabus” or “Post Reply”.

View Video

View Video

You can view the YouTube video by clicking on the link [1], which will open in a new browser window. Or you can click on the embedded video image [2], which will expand to a larger size and play the video without leaving the page.

Hyperlink Existing Text

Hyperlink Existing Text

Open the Rich Content Editor using one of the Canvas features that support the Editor. Highlight the text you would like to hyperlink [1]. Click the Chain icon to link to the YouTube URL [2].

Paste Link

Type or copy/paste the YouTube URL in the text box [1]. Click the Disable inline previews for this link checkbox [2]. When you are ready to insert the video link into the Rich Content Editor, click the Insert Link button [3].

Verify Link

Verify the link. You may see the link flash yellow the moment it is inserted and then turn blue, indicating it is a link.

Save Changes

Save Changes

Click the Save button to save any changes to the post made in the Rich Content Editor. Note that when using the Rich Content Editor in the Syllabus and Discussions pages, the Save button may appear as “Update Syllabus” or “Post Reply”.

View Video

View Video

You can view the YouTube video by clicking on the link, which will open in a new browser window.