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Inserting URL Links to External Sites in Canvas Content

The Rich Content Editor (RCE) is the default text box space in most items for a user to write and create content. The RCE is designed and laid out similar to other popular word processor toolbars, while still supporting and facilitating some unique Canvas specific functions.

This article will review how to insert URL links to an external website in Canvas content wherever the Rich Content Editor is available.

  1. Place your cursor in the text box where you want your link or, if desired, highlight the words you want to be a clickable link.
  2. To get to the external link tool you can either:
    1. Click on the "Insert" menu [1], select "Link" [2] and then "External Links" [3].
      OR
    2. Click on arrow to the right of the Link Tool icon [4] in the toolbar and select "External Links" [5].
  1. The "Insert Link" pop-up will appear. Enter / update the words that you want users to click on in the "Text" box [6] and insert the URL link into the "Link" box [7].
  2. Once you have entered the link information click the "Done" button [8] and your link will be inserted into the text box.
  3. When you are returned main page, click "Save" or "Save and Publish" to finalize your changes.

To learn more about the Rich Content Editor:

If you have any questions, please reach out to canvas@yale.edu.