File picker

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Moodle 2.0

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File Picker is the standard interface that most users will use to manage a Moodle 2.0 file repository. See Manage repositories

  • Select an area (a repository) to find the file and/or to add a file that can then be selected
    • Server files - files on the site. What you see here depends on your role in the course.
    • Recent files - files Moodle thinks you have recently added
    • Upload files - This is where you click to upload files and folders from your computer
    • Private files - files that belong to the user
  • Use the standard add file- create folder interface
  • Save selected files
Empty file picker, no input area selected

Standard add file - create folder option

When the Resource of a Folder is selected in a course, in file picker, a standard pop-up will ask you for:

  • Add (a file)- selecting this will take you to the add attachment and browse popup.
  • Create a folder
  • Download all files
Existing files and a folder ready to be added

Standard browse to add file popup

The file picker will present a screen to select a file. For example, when "Upload file" is selected, but also when you select add an image in the HTML editor, you will see the file picker and the "Upload file" link. The standard add a file popup will ask you:

  • Attachment - Browse. This is where you find the file
  • Save as - Allows changing the name of the file. This is optional. If you do use this, you must include the extension.
  • Author - the default is the current user
  • Choose license - a pull down menu with different licenses to select.
After a browse to a file on the C: drive

Views in file picker

View as icons

Server files at demo.moodle.net in icon form, shows breadcrumb

View as list

Server files at demo.moodle.net in list form, folders collapsed

See also

File picker FAQ