Learn@Illinois Moodle - Autolinking and Preventing Autolinking
This page goes over how to prevent autolinking on the individual, activity/resource, and course site levels.
For a permanent link to this information, please use: http://go.illinois.edu/MoodleAutolinking
An autolink is a link that is created automatically when the title of an activity or resource is typed in the course site. If one were to add a PDF file to a course and name it "Syllabus", every time the word "Syllabus" were used, it would link to that PDF. It is not case-sensitive, but extra spaces, non-standard spaces, and punctuation will thwart autolinking.
For this reason, it is strongly recommended that common words or phrases not be used as titles. For example, in a biology course, an instructor might rename a resource about evolution from being called "Evolution" to "Unit 1 Lecture: Evolution". This way, they can be deliberate about when they would like the system to create an autolink (every time they type the phrase "Unit 1 Lecture: Evolution") rather than triggering an autolink inadvertently (every time they use the word "evolution").Autolinking can be turned off on the individual level, activity/resource level, and course site level.
Preventing Autolinking on the Individual LevelIn this example, assume you have an activity named "Attendance". You want to use this word, but you do not want it to link to the activity.
- Highlight the word "attendance".
- Click the Prevent automatic linking button (which is an icon with chain links with an X over them).
(For the HTML savvy, the proper code is <span class="nolink">attendance</span>)
Preventing Autolinking on the Activity/Resource LevelThis method prevents anything within an activity or resource from autolinking. This may be helpful in a quiz, for example, when you do not want students to link to other resources.
- Click on the activity/resource you want to alter.
- On the upper left hand side, click on the Actions menu.
- Click Filters.
- On this page, find the filter called "Activity names auto-linking" and select Off.