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Add a file in Moodle

Uploading files to your Moodle course is easy! Just drag and drop a file from your computer into the topic/section where you want the file to go.

Drag and Drop

The file will retain its file name – if you want to change it in Moodle, just click on the pencil icon to the right hand side of the file.

Drag and Drop Filename

Once you have typed in the new name, hit the ‘Enter’ key on your keyboard.Drag and Drop Enter to Finish

Tip: By Default, a drag and dropped file is set to ‘force download’, meaning when it’s clicked, in most browsers the user will be asked what they want to do with the file (see left image below), or it’ll be automatically downloaded to the users machine (usually the download’s folder) and appear at the bottom of the browser in order to open immediately (see right image below).

Drag and Drop Adding Resources

If you would like to change this behaviour, for example if you have uploaded a PDF and want it to open in a new tab or browser window.

Click the 'Edit' associated with the file (to the right) and then select 'Edit settings'

Drag and Drop Edit Settings

Scroll down to Appearance and chance 'Display' to your required setting, for example 'New Window'Drag and Drop Appearance

Then click on the save button at the bottom of the page.

For more guidance on working with Files, see:


The information on this page relates to Moodle v3.4 and was last updated October 2018.

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