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6.9. Hyperlinks in the HTML Editor

Hyperlinks in the Editor

Hyperlinks work in Brightspace much like any other web page. The linked text should be descriptive of the target location or site. Links should make sense out of context. Avoid using links that use, “click here” or “more.” Do not use headings for hyperlinks. Instead, link text in the body of the content. "For more information, see the tutorial for Hyperlinks (same frame)."

Creating Links

Select the text in your content that is the topic, web page name, or URL (the address) of the desired web page. Long or complex URLs are cumbersome to read visually and use with assistive technologies, such as screen readers. Many URLs will populate the main page with the core address. For example, gotoclass.tnecampus.org is enough to open the TN eCampus courses login page. Test the core URL in a separate browser before using it.

Select the desired text without any additional spaces. Choose the Link symbol from the toolbar. When you first select text there will also be a floating format window available but this only allows you to paste in the URL. You cannot set the window or other details. Additionally, Insert Stuff has the option to add a link, embed code, and more.

Sample page with text selected to be converted for a hyperlink.

A new window will open. Scroll down to the URL at the bottom of the menu.

Insert Quicklink menu opened. URL highlighted to start a link.


A blank form will open. Add the full address in the URL field. The selected text should be in the Title field. You can edit this information if changes are needed.

Quicklink page open. URL and Title highlighted for new information.


Presenting Content

There are 3 options for presenting web content:

Choose the matching radio button and add the target type selected in parenthesis. New Window is used in the example below. This choice is typically used when the link leads to another website. Same Frame is often used when linking inside the same website. Whole Window is typically used within the same website, but the full window is preferred over Same Frame. Choose Update (to save changes) when finished entering the link content.

Quicklink information populated in URL and Title. Radio buttons for Whole Window, Same Frame and New Window highlighted. Choosing New Window in this example with Update button highlighted.


Check the Link

With the link content complete, choose Update to finish. 

Update button highlighted.

Check the link to confirm the target chosen is working correctly and the desired page opens.

Sample page with hyperlinks ready to test.

Link to Playlist

Pro tip: Links to individual files can change and should be checked regularly. If you are linking to videos, consider a playlist if available. A playlist is more likely to stay the same. New or updated videos may be added and have a new URL. 


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