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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 left side navigation bar which links to an external website.

Find the Redirect Tool

Find the Redirect Tool
  1. From your left side navigation bar, click on “Settings” (1).
  2. Across the top of the screen, click the “Apps” tab (2).
  3. In the search bar (3) type in “Redirect”.
  4. The App results will now filter. Click on the “Redirect” tool (4)

Add Redirect Tool

Add Redirect Tool

Click the “+ Add App” button.

Enter Your Link Information

A form will pop up. Complete the form:

  1. Enter the “Name” (5) for the link.  This is the word/phrase that users will click on to open the site.
  2. Enter the URL (6) 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 (7) – This puts your link within the left side navigation bar of your course site.
  • Click the “Add App” button (8)

If you would like to learn more about this tool, please consider attending one of our workshops or schedule a one-on-one consultation: