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How do I create hyperlinks to external URLs in the New Rich Content Editor as an instructor?

Using the New Rich Content Editor, you can create hyperlinks to external resources. Several features in Canvas support the New Rich Content Editor, including Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, and Syllabus.

Note: The New Rich Content Editor is currently a course opt-in feature. You can manage your course features in Course Settings.

Open New Rich Content Editor

Open New Rich Content Editor

Open the New 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).

Create Hyperlink from Toolbar

Click the Links icon [1]. Click the External Links option [2].

Note: To view the Links icon, you may have to click the Options icon [3].  

Insert Link

Enter the text for your hyperlink in the Text field [1].

Paste or type the URL for your hyperlink in the Link field [2].

Click the Done button [2].

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

Create Link Using Keyboard Shortcut

Select Text

Alternatively, you can create external hyperlinks using keyboard shortcuts. After adding content in the New Rich Content Editor, select the text for your hyperlink.

Then press Cmd+K (Mac keyboard) or Ctrl+K (PC Keyboard).

Insert Link

Paste or type the URL for the hyperlink in the URL field [1], then click the Save button [2].

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

View Hyperlink

View the hyperlink in the New Rich Content Editor.

Save Changes

Save Changes

Click the Save button.

Notes:

  • 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 Content

View the hyperlink in your content.