Canvas: Embedding or Linking OneDrive Files in a Canvas Course

Task: The article covers how to embed or create a link to OneDrive files in a Canvas course. Note that Microsoft Sync must be enabled to use the Microsoft OneDrive tool. 


To embed or create a link to OneDrive files in a Canvas course, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the rich context editor (RCE) and use the drop down caret to select the Microsoft OneDrive tool.
    Note: You may need to select view all first if this is your first time using the Microsoft OneDrive tool.

    RCE dropdown menu with Office 365
  2. When the pop-up window appears, navigate to the file you wish to use. Check the bubble next to the file name to select it, as indicated by the red arrow below.

     Image showing file's box checked with "Attach File" button in bottom right corner.
  4.  Choose to either embed or create a link to the file:
    • To embed the file and have it appear in a document viewer on the page in Canvas, click on the Embed button, indicated by the red rectangle in the image above.
    • To create a link to the file that users will click on to open the file in a new window, click on the Link button, indicated by the red circle in the image above.


Users can expect to understand how to embed or create a link to a OneDrive file in a Canvas course.

Further reading:

Article - Canvas: Microsoft OneDrive Integration

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Applicable Institution(s):
Keene State College (KSC)
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