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 I add a PDF file to my course and name it "Syllabus", every time I used the word "Syllabus", it will 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").You can turn autolinking off on the individual level, activity/resource level, and course site level.
Preventing Autolinking on the Individual LevelIn this example, assume we have an activity named "Attendance". I want to use this word, but I don't want it to link to the activity.
- Highlight the word "attendance".
- Click the Prevent automatic linking button.
(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 don't want students to link to other resources.
- Click on the activity/resource you want to alter.
- In the Administration block, click on Filters.
- On this page, find the filter called "Activity names auto-linking" and select Off.