Jun 5, 2017

In Sakai Lessons: Are you seeing a Download file message? Here's the fix!

Download file message?

Sometimes after adding a link to a document in Lessons, such as a Word document or PowerPoint presentation in Lessons, a "Download file" link and "message" appear, similar to the image below. How do you fix this?

Download file message sample


Here's the fix: Add Content Links (not Embed)

  • In Lessons, after you click on Add Content or on a plus (+) symbol to add a document to your page, at the top you have four choices:  Add Text, Embed content on page, Add Content Links, and Add Subpage:
    Click on Add Content Links, after click on  Add Content or a "plus" symbol to the right of content

    • Click on Add Content Links, to get what you expected: a link created to your Word document or PowerPoint presentation:
    Correct Link to PowerPoint file


    Why did you see "Download file"? You tried to Embed content

    • If you click on Embed content on page for a Word document or PowerPoint presentation, you'll get the "Download file" link and  message
    • Why? Embed is a term used in technology. When you embed a file such as a video, you display or show the video, in a video player, with a start button. 
    • When you click on Embed content on page to create a link to your Word document or PowerPoint presentation, Lessons tries to find a way to display the file, but it can't. Since there isn't an easy way to display a Word document or PowerPoint presentation in a web browser, the "Download file" link (and message) appear.
    Click on Add Content Links to link to a document; click on Embed content on page to display videos and images

    When should you use "Embed Content on page"?


    • When you want to show or display an image, video, or a web page

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