Learn@Illinois Moodle - Autolinking and Preventing Autolinking
Learn how to prevent autolinking on the individual, activity/resource, and course site levels.
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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 in a Single SentenceIn 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 throughout One Activity or ResourceThis 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.
- In the upper right corner, click on the Actions menu gear.
- From the drop-down menu, select Filters.
- On this page, find the filter called "Activity names auto-linking" and from the drop-down menu, select Off.