Learn@Illinois Moodle - Autolinking

This page goes over how to prevent autolinking on the individual, activity/resource, and course site levels.

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 Level

In 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.
  1. Highlight the word "attendance". 
  2. Click the prevent automatic linking button.
This will add a bit of code to prevent this from autolinking. You not be able to see this from the editing page (unless you look at the HTML), but once you've saved you will see that no link has been created.

For the HTML savvy, the proper code is <span class="nolink">attendance</span>

Preventing Autolinking on the Activity/Resource Level

This method prevents anything within an activity or resource from autolinking.
  1. Click on the activity/resource you want to alter. 
  2. Under the administration for the activity/resource, select Filters
  3. On this page, find the filter called Activity names auto-linking and change the selection to Off

Preventing Autolinking on the Course Site Level

This is the same as above, only you will select the filters for the course-level and not the activity/resource level. Nothing in the course site will be autolinked. 

For more information about autolinking:

Keywords:moodle, link, prevent   Doc ID:71335
Owner:ATLAS-TLT .Group:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
Created:2017-03-03 14:28 CDTUpdated:2018-03-12 11:31 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
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