"How to" Guideline series is coordinated by Helen Mongan-Rallis of the Education Department at the University of Minnesota Duluth. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions to improve these guidelines please me at e-mail hrallis@d.umn.edu.

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Uploading and linking to a file in Moodle

By Helen Mongan-Rallis. Last modified: September 4, 2008

Purpose: Description of steps to upload and link to a file (e.g. PowerPoint, PDF, Microsoft Word, a sound file, or any form of electronic file)

  1. Turn on editing mode
  2. From the drop down menu "add a resource" select "link to file"

    Add a resource screen shot
  3. A screen for "adding a new Resource" opens.
    1. In the box for "Name" type the name that you want displayed for the students to see example: Chapter 1: Introduction (PowerPoint presentation)
    2. In the summary box, type a brief description about the document to which you are linking
    3. Click on the "choose or upload a file" button

      Screen shot of adding a resource boxes

    4. A window opens listing all of the files (if any) that you already have uploaded into this Moodle course. If your file is already there, then skip to Step 7 below. If not, click on the "Upload a file" button:

      Screen shot of upload file button

    5. This opens a window asking you to browse for the file. Click on the "browse" button:

      Screen shot of browse button

    6. Navigate to where you have the file saved on your computer, and select it. Once you select it, the file path will show in the box under "Upload a file" such as in the example below. Click on the "Upload this file" button:

      Screen shot of file path

    7. The file that you have uploaded will appear in the list of the files that you have uploaded in this course on the Moodle server. From this list, click on the word "choose" that appears next to the file to which you would like to create a link:

    8. The name of the file will now appear in the "Location" box:

      Screen shot showing name of file box

    9. Scroll down the page: If you would like the file to open in a new window when students click on the link, select "new window" from the drop down menu, or else leave it set at the default "same window" if you want it to open in the same window (if you aren't sure, try out both options and see which is better given your purpose).

      screen shot showing new window drop down menu

    10. Finally, scroll to the end of the page and click on the "Save and return to the course" button. This will show you the link that you just created by following the steps above. Congratulations!

      screen shot showing link

      If you want to see if it worked (a good idea!), click on the link. This should download the file (to wherever you have set on your computer as the location for downloaded files. If you haven't set a location, it is probably on your desktop).


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