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Add & Remove Blocks in Moodle

The columns on each side of a Moodle page contain Blocks. The Navigation and Administration blocks are required, but others are optional. New Moodle courses start out with a set of default blocks. You can add additional blocks, remove blocks, or rearrange the blocks in the sidebars.
 

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How Blocks Work

  • Most blocks update themselves automatically with information about the course.
    For example, blocks such as Calendar and Upcoming events update themselves as date-based activities are added to the course.
  • Which blocks are displayed depends on your location in Moodle.
    Not all blocks displayed on your course homepage are displayed when viewing an assignment or forum page.
  • Which blocks you see can also depend on your Role in the course.
    For example, Teachers may see blocks (such as Quickmail) that Students don't see.

Add a Block

  1. On your course page, click Turn editing on (green pencil icon Turn editing on (green pencil icon, top right), top right).
  2. If your Navigation tray is collapsed, select the Navigation tray toggle (hamburger menu Hamburger menu icon, top left), and the Navigation tray will expand.
  3. Scroll down to locate Add a block. Click Add a block (Add a block icon)and select a block to add from the new window.  
    Note: There can only be one instance of most blocks in a course. Depending on which blocks are already used in your course, the list will change to show only available blocks.
  4. Once you have selected the type of block to add, the page will re-load and your new block will be added at the bottom of the right column.

Move a Block

You can move a block to rearrange the order in which your blocks are arranged in the sidebars.
Note: By default our themes have three columns, but if you want a wider area for course content, you can move all the blocks to one side (recommended only for courses that use very few blocks).  We do not recommend rearranging the Navigation or Administration blocks as they are used across courses and people expect them to be in their standard locations.

  1. On your course page, click Turn editing on (green pencil icon Turn editing on (green pencil icon, top right), top right).
  2. Click the Move icon (Move icon) at the top right of the block. Drag the block to its desired location in the left or right column in your course. A shadow of the block will appear to show its resulting location if you drop it.

Remove a Block

  1. On your course page, click Turn editing on (green pencil icon Turn editing on (green pencil icon, top right), top right).
  2. Find the block you wish to remove and click the Actions menu (Edit settings icon Moodle) and from the drop-down menu, select  Delete (delete (trashcan) icon). A Confirmation page will open asking, "Are you sure you want to remove this block titled..."
  3. On the Confirmation Page, click Yes. The page will refresh and the block will be removed from the course.

Note: You can re-add a removed block; however, you may need to reconfigure any settings made. See Add a block (above). To preserve all settings you can hide the block instead (see below).

Hide/Show a Block from/to Students

To hide a block from student view without removing it from your course:

  1. On your course page, click Turn editing on (green pencil icon Turn editing on (green pencil icon, top right), top right).
  2. On the block you wish to hide from students, click the Actions (Edit settings icon Moodle) icon and from the drop-down menu, select Eye icon Hide [name of block]. The course page will refresh with the block minimized and greyed-out to indicate it is not visible to students.
  3. To make a hiddden block visible to students, repeat the above steps and from the Actions (Edit settings icon Moodle) menu, select Eye crossed-out icon Show [name of block]