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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 3.3. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version of Moodle is probably available here: Auto-linking.

Auto-linking is a feature by which words or phrases used within a Moodle site are automatically linked to glossary or database entries, or activity and resources within the course with the same name.

Auto-linking can be managed at different levels:

  • Site wide: it can be switched on/off by going to Site administration > Plugins > Filters > Manage Filters.
  • Moodle courses: it can be managed within individual courses from Course Administration > Filters
  • Resources & activities within a Moodle course: it can also be managed from within an activity or resource from Settings > [Activity name] Administration > Filters. This is useful for turning off auto-linking to glossaries for example in a quiz, when you don't want the answer to be revealed to the student via an auto-linked glossary term being present in a question.
  • Specific text : Within activities and resources certain text can have the auto-linking disabled by switching to HTML view and adding <span class="nolink">...</span> with the relevant content replacing the .... If you are using TinyMCE editor, there is a Prevent auto-linking button.

For more information on auto-linking, see

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