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How do I hide front page blocks from non-logged-in users?

  1. Click the "Turn editing on" button at the top-right of the front page. (You need to be logged in as an administrator.)
  2. Click the assign roles icon (often a face and mask) in the header of the block to be hidden. (NOTE: Don't worry if you get an error message saying you are not able to assign roles ;) )
  3. Scroll down to the settings block and click the Permissions link
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  5. In the View block section, click the X next to Guest
  6. Click the "Save changes" button.

How do I get rid of a link in "Site Pages" in the Navigation block?

When a resource or activity (like a page, file or forum) is added to the Main menu block on the front page, it will appear in the Site Pages of the Navigation block. If you need the item but don't want it to display then go to Site administration>Appearance>Navigation and uncheck "show front page activities in the navigation". If you no longer want the item then turn on the editing on the front page, go to or add the Main menu block and click to delete the item.

How do I make a front page block visible to teachers but not students?

It is possible to control who sees block on the front page. The following applies to any specified group of people, not just teachers and students.

  1. Ensure you have hidden your block from non-logged in users as in the instructions above.
  2. In Administration>Site administration>Users>Permissions>Define roles, click on "authenticated user on the front page"
  3. In the context type, select "block"
  4. Set moodle/block:view to "allow". Save the changes.
  5. Turn editing on on your front page.
  6. Click the "assign roles " icon on your block.
  7. Click the blue words of "authenticated user on the front page" to access the screen where you can choose who you want to allow to see this block (such as your teachers) by moving them from the right hand box to the left.
  8. Now click "Permissions" in the Administration block.
  9. Click the X next to "authenticated user" to prevent them viewing this block.
  10. From now on, regular authenticated users will not be able to see the block. However, those who have been given the role of "authenticated user on the front page" will be able to see it.

How do I make a block in my course visible to teachers but not students?

Here are two suggestions:

1.Add a block to a page which only teachers can see, for example /grade/report/grader/index.php You could add a comments block for teachers to discuss and moderate each others' grades. Alternatively,you could add an HTML block to /badges/index.php with badge issuing policies. A block may also be added to enrol/users.php for notes or comments regarding enrolments.

2.Add a block to the main course page and ask your administrator to go to Block>Assign roles>Permissions and prevent authenticated users and students from viewing the block. (A regular teacher cannot change permissions of authenticated users.)

How can I change a Block item name from a list inside a block?

You can change an item name in Settings>Site Administration > Language> Language customization Select the 'moodle.php' file then search for the words you need to alter.

How to I make a block "sticky"?

See Block settings. Using the edit icon in the block heading, go to the configuration page. Look for the "Where this block appears" group and "Display on page types". Depending upon your current context and permissions, you will see different options. One maybe "All pages" or "Any type of course main page", and others.

Where did that block come from? I do not want it!

Your site administrator or some one with more permissions than you decided that block should be there. It is possible to force a block to appear on other pages. For example, a site administrator my force a HTML block on every main course page and determine where it will be, so they may put site messages there.

Your site administrator can tell where every instance of a block appears via Blocks administration.

How can I decide the order in which blocks are docked?

Blocks are "docked", from top to bottom (usually on the left) in the order in which you dock them.

How can I add a block to all user profile pages?

See User profiles for instructions.

How can I prevent users from adding blocks to their My home page?

See My home for instructions.

The blocks have disappeared from the front page/course page!

This can sometimes be caused by users pasting from Microsoft Word which corrupts the formatting. See this forum post for more details https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=217390#p958884

Help, I accidentally hid the administration block without realising the consequences!

  1. Go to http://yourmoodlesite.org/admin/blocks.php
  2. Unhide the settings block by clicking the closed eye icon opposite it

I accidentally deleted the navigation (or administration) block!

  1. Go to Administration > Site administration > Plugins > Blocks > Manage blocks (or via the URL http://yourmoodlesite.org/admin/blocks.php) and unprotect the navigation block by clicking the padlock icon
  2. Turn editing on in any course
  3. Go to the front page and use the 'Add a block' dropdown menu to add a navigation block there, setting it to display throughout the entire site
  4. Go back to Administration > Site administration > Plugins > Blocks > Manage blocks and re-protect the navigation block.

The above method works the same for the navigation and administration blocks.

My Administration block links don't expand!

This has been noticed as a Javascript problem. Given the many possible factors behind this issue, a clear-cut solution hasn't been found. Please try to:

1. Use another browser or use another version of the same browser (try both, lower and higher versions).

2. Purge all cache (Administration > Development > Purge all caches)
yoursite.com/admin/purgecaches.php
3. Change the Use slash arguments option --HTTP-- (Administration > Server > HTTP)
yoursite.com/admin/settings.php?section=http
4. Try different settings at the AJAX and Javascript settings page (Administration > Appearance > AJAX and Javascript)
yoursite.com/admin/settings.php?section=ajax

5. Turn off Javascript in your browser (the site shows how to enable Javascript, so do the opposite)

6. Turn off Java (you should have it disabled anyway, unless you really need it)

7. Try using another theme
yoursite.com/theme/index.php

You should also:

1 Enable Debugging (Administration > Development > Debugging)
yoursite.com/admin/settings.php?section=debugging

2. Check if your browser is showing some warning or error indications (watch the status bar).

For advice, see this forum thread https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=166994 or this one https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=200243. For more details, please see this tracker MDL-31678.

How can I add a Twitter feed block?

An HTML block can be used to display the latest tweets from any Twitter account. See HTML block for details.

See also

Using Moodle forum discussions: