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How Do I Create A Custom Link in My Course Navigation Using the Redirect Tool?

The following instructions help you set up a link within your course navigation bar for external resources not already included in the native navigation.

  1. Click on “Settings” from the course navigation.
  2. Click on the "Apps" tab across the top.
  3. Search for "Redirect" in the search bar provided.
  4. Click on the “Redirect Tool" that appears once the filter is applied.
Find the Redirect Tool
  1. Click the “+ Add App” button that appears
Add Redirect Tool
  1. Enter the “Name” for the link. This is the word/phrase that will appear in the course navigation.
  2. Enter the URL for the site. You must keep the "https://" prefix. (If you leave off the "s" in "https://", your website will open in a new tab/window regardless of the other settings you select.)
  3. Adjust the settings as needed:
    • (Optional) Force open in new tab (For External Links Only) – If you select this setting, when a user clicks on the link, the page will open in a new tab in their browser.  Leave unchecked if you would like the site to open within the Canvas interface.
    • Show in Course Navigation – This puts your link within the course navigation bar.
  4. Click the “Add App” button
Enter Your Link Information
  1. The link now appears in the course navigation at the bottom. You can go into your navigation settings to rearrange it.
The link now appears in the course navigation

When you copy a course with an existing custom link, you may need to update that link to the most recent version. To update the link, go to the app configuration:

  1. Click on “Settings” from the course navigation.
  2. Click on the "Apps" tab across the top.
  3. Click on "View App Configurations" at the top right.
Navigate to "View App Configurations"
  1. Scroll down to the custom link you want to edit, click on the gear icon to the right, and select "Edit".
Select "Edit" next to the custom link
  1. In the "Custom Fields" text entry box, update only the URL portion.
  2. Click "Submit" and the custom link will be updated.
Edit the link and click "Submit"

For more help, please contact canvas@yale.edu.