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Revision as of 09:24, 17 October 2011

Managing blocks is a 2 step process. First a block must be added. Second the block can be configured through the edit icon on the block heading, or by one of the other icons. The edit icon links to a configuration menu which may allow the user to force the block to appear on other pages and even determine its position there.

Example of 2 blocks with editing turned on

Adding a block to a page

Blocks can be added to a page by turning editing on then using the 'Add a block' drop-down menu.

Please see Blocks for a list of all the blocks in a standard Moodle install. Your site may have added contributed blocks and or your site administrator has disabled specific blocks on your site.

Block heading menu

The block header icons will allow the user to docked, hide, delete, or move the block up and down in the column order or assign roles for the block. Student maybe allowed to dock blocks, but will not have the other editing icons. Block position can also be set in the block configuration menu.

Configuring a block

After a block has been added, you will need to give it content and determine where it will appear.

Block settings

Some blocks allow the user to add content. The configuration page will have a content area when this is an option. The HTML block has a content area in "Block settings" , the Comment block does not show a "Block settings" area.

Example of settings area when available

Where this block appears

Depending upon the context and users permissions, this area determines where initially this block will appear.

  • Original block location: provides information about where the block was initially created.
  • Display on page types: allows the user to set the context that the block can appear in. These options will vary depending upon the permissions of the user. For example a site administrator might see a setting that will allow the block to appear on Any page, or any type of course main page, while a teacher may only see the option to place it on every page in the course.
  • Default region: Usually a right column or left column option
  • Default weight: Where in the column do you want it to appear if there are other blocks in that column. -10 will put it at the top, 10 will put it at the bottom. A zero is neutral.

Block configuration where appears.png

On this page

  • Visible - Yes or No.
  • Region - Here you can override the column preference on this page.
  • Weight - Here you can override the default setting on this page.

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