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

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, and Quizzes.

Note: The New Rich Content Editor is currently a course opt-in feature. If the Rich Content Editor in your course does not match the images in this lesson, your course is using the classic Rich Content Editor.

Open New Rich Content Editor

Open New Rich Content Editor

Open the New 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).

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].

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 URL field [1], then click the Save button [2].

Note:

  • 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.

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