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How to link to pages, pdfs, and documents

The following instructions will instruct how to create basic hyperlinks to pages, pdfs and documents. These instructions are the same whether creating page from scratch and adding links, or adding links to an existing page. There is also a video at the bottom of this page that walks you through how to create a page, so please watch that as a supplement to these instructions.

NOTE: All uploading and navigating involved in this tutorial occurs once logged in to OU campus. For instructions on how to log in, watch the Tour video. Be sure to begin log in from the department’s homepage.

Linking within OU Campus

  1. After log in, navigate to the page that requires a hyperlink. Click the green 'Edit' button in the content area requiring alteration.
    Link instructions: Step 1
  2. The WYSIWYG editor appears. Find the text that needs a link and highlight the word or phrase. Then choose the 'Insert/Edit Link' in the upper right corner.
    Link instructions: Step 2
  3. A window will appear over the WYSIWYG editor. Choose the 'Browse' icon at the end of the field for 'Link URL'.
    Link instructions: Step 3
  4. A window will appear over the link creator window. Navigate to the page, pdf or document needed to complete the link. After clicking on the item, choose 'Select File'. (REMINDER: use the breadcrumbs in this window to help in finding the proper page, pdf or document.)
    Link instructions: Step 4
  5. A number will appear in the 'Link URL' field inside two sets of curly brackets. This is a dependency tag. THIS IS CORRECT. OU Campus uses dependency tags to assist with ensuring links remain functional even when a page moves or is renamed.
    Link instructions: Step 5
  6. Continue the link process by adding a title (if needed). Titles can be valuable to further explain what will happen if clicked. Titles are NOT required.
  7. Complete the process by clicking 'Insert' at the bottom of the link creator window. This window will close and will return to the WYSISYG editor and the text highlighted in Step 2 is now a link.

NOTE: For basic linking, ignore 'Target' and 'Class' and the 'Popup', 'Events' and 'Advanced' tabs.
Link instructions: Steps 6 and 7

Linking outside the University website

Linking to a page outside the University website (something off UTC's servers) is very similar to the steps above. Begin by finding and copying (CTRL+C on Windows; Command+C on Mac) the URL (web address in the navigation toolbar of the browser) for the destination page.
Link instructions: Outside 1

Repeat steps 1 and 2 above and continue with the following:

  1. A window will appear over the WYSIWYG editor. Paste (CTRL+V on Windows; Command+V on Mac) the URL copied into the field for 'Link URL'.
    Link instructions: Outside 2
  2. Continue the link process by adding a title (if needed). Titles can be valuable to further explain what will happen if clicked. Titles are NOT required.
  3. Complete the process by clicking 'Insert' at the bottom of the link creator window. This window will close and will return to the WYSISYG editor and the text highlighted is now a link.

NOTE: For basic linking, ignore 'Target' and 'Class' and the 'Popup', 'Events' and 'Advanced' tabs.
Link instructions: Outside 3

Congratulations, you just learned how to add links to a page.

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