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Navigation bar

The navigation bar is the row of links you will find at the top left of you Moodle site. The navigation bar shows a user their current context path, with links to the higher contexts.

Navigation when using different themes

When using the Clean or More theme, or a custom theme based on Clean, the navigation and administration blocks provide access to other pages on the site.

When using the Boost theme, or a custom theme based on it, access is instead provided via the navigation drawer.

Navigation block

The Navigation block provide easy access to view various sections of the Moodle site and includes

  • Dashboard- a personalised home page displaying links to the courses a user is associated with and activity information (such as unread forum posts and upcoming assignments)
  • Site pages - links to site pages and resources from the front page of Moodle
  • My courses - expands to show courses the user is enrolled in.

Keyboard support for navigation

Keyboard/Screenreader and Voice input users can access navigation by using the Tab, Space, Enter and right/left arrow keys.

Administration block

The Administration block provides you with easy access to change various settings of a Moodle site. This block shows contextual settings (the settings for a forum when you are viewing it as an editing user) as well as settings for anything else you have permissions for.

Site administration settings

An administrator can change navigation settings, such as the default home page for users, and whether to show course categories in the navigation, in Administration > Site administration > Appearance > Navigation.

If Show course full names is enabled, courses in the Navigation block will be shown with their full name rather than their short name.

If navshowcategories is enabled, but there is only one category on the site, it will not display in the navigation bar.

The setting Always link course sections can be enabled to link the course sections. When a section name is clicked either in the navigation block or the central course content area, it will go straight to the items in that section. When using the Boost theme, 'Always link course sections' must be enabled for course section links to display in the navigation drawer.

Note for administrators

If you are not directly associated with a course (that is, if you don't have a teacher, student or other role actually defined in the course) it will not appear in your Navigation menu. Also, if you are not directly associated with at least one course in a category, the category will not appear in your Navigation menu.

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