How do I add a web link to my Blackboard course menu?

You can add a link to an external website or Google Suite file (like a Google Doc or Sheet) to your course menu, but be sure to follow steps 7 and 8 so that the link opens in a new window. Otherwise, some web browsers may prevent your link from working.

  1. Click the plus sign (+) at the top of your course menu on the left side of the screen. A dropdown menu will open.
  2. Click the Web Link option. The “Add Web Link” pop-up window will open.
  3. Type a name for the link as you’d like it to appear in your course menu (e.g., “Syllabus” or “USM Library”).
  4. Type or paste the webpage’s address in the “URL” textbox (e.g., “”).
  5. Select the Available to Users checkbox. (Otherwise, the link will not be visible to students.)
  6. Click Submit. The pop-up window will close, and the new link will appear as the last item in your course menu.
  7. Hover over your new link until a gray dropdown-arrow icon appears, then click this icon to open its menu.
  8. Click Set Link to Open in a New Window. The menu will close, and your link will now open in a new tab or window in your browser.
Illustration of steps 1 and 2.
Steps 1 & 2: Adding a web link option in the course menu
Illustration of steps 3 through 6.
Steps 3–6: Naming the web link and adding its address
Illustration of step 8.
Step 8: Setting the web link to open in a new window