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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

To insert a link from the toolbar, click the Link icon [1].

You can also insert an external link from the link options menu. To view additional link options, click the Link Options arrow [2]. Then select the External Links option [3].

Note: To view the Link icon, you may have to click the Options icon [4].

Create Hyperlink from Menubar

You can also insert a hyperlink using the menubar in the New Rich Content Editor. The menubar displays the title of Rich Content Editor tools and may be preferable for those using keyboard navigation.

To create a hyperlink using the menubar, click the Insert menu [1], select the Link option [2], and select the External Links option [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].

Notes:

  • The text will flash before turning into the hyperlink.
  • When clicked, external hyperlinks automatically open in a new browser tab.

Create Link Using Keyboard Shortcut

Create Link Using Keyboard Shortcut

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 Link field [1], then click the Done button [2].

Notes:

  • The text will flash before turning into the hyperlink.
  • When clicked, external hyperlinks automatically open in a new browser tab.
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.

Note: When clicked, external hyperlinks automatically open in a new browser tab.