Adding File Resources to Moodle Course Page

How to add a file to Moodle and download it to a student's computer instead of opening in a webpage

Last Updated: July 24th, 2023

How to Upload a File

  1. In the right-hand corner of your Moodle course, toggle Edit mode on.
  2. Scroll down to the week you want to edit, and click on the Add an activity or resource
  3. Select the Resources tab in the Add an Activity or Resource window and choose File.Add an activity or resource with File highlighted.
  4. Choose a name (required) and a description (optional) for your file, then drag and drop your file from its folder to the designated box.

Image of designated file box where you can drop your fileTo drag and drop: Left click on the file. While holding down the left button on the mouse, drag the file to the box, and then let go of the left button.

To manually upload the file: Click on the file clip in the top left-hand corner.
Image of designated file box with the file clip highlighted in the top left corner

Upload a file chosen with choose file highlighted.How to Force Your File to Download

While you're still in the Settings...

  1. Scroll down to Appearance and open it up
  2. In the Display section, you'll see right next to it a drop down menu, the setting should be set at Automatic
  3. Click Automatic to open up the drop down menu, choose Force download. This will now make the file force download every time a person clicks on the link.

Appearance display options with force download chosen and highlighted.

Need Further Help?

For further explanation, see the following MoodleDocs articles:


ATC Support & Hours of Operation

Weekday Support, Monday - Friday

The ATC is open to in-person assistance. Support is available through the above remote options and on campus at CEN 208

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