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Certain blocks have additional settings, which can be accessed via the links in the settings column.
 
Certain blocks have additional settings, which can be accessed via the links in the settings column.
 
==Blocks (administrator) list==
 
In edit mode, a Moodle page can show a block which contains a list of blocks that are available to add in that context for a [[Roles and capabilities|role]].  There are special blocks only available to [[Administrator]].
 
 
Examples of context include  a Site's front page or a Course's main page.  [[Blocks (teacher)|Teacher blocks]] are available to administrators in their contextual pull down menus. 
 
 
The list below only includes those blocks available to administrator. All of these are available on the frontpage, only Admin bookmarks and Network Servers are found on the course level. 
 
{| border="0"
 
| |
 
{| border="2";"
 
|'''[[Activities block]]'''
 
|-
 
|'''[[Student projects/Admin page cleanup/Bookmarks|Admin bookmarks block]]'''
 
|-
 
|'''[[Courses block|Courses]]'''
 
|-
 
|'''[[Latest News block]]'''
 
|-
 
|'''[[Main menu block|Main menu]]'''
 
|-
 
|'''[[Network servers block|Network Servers]]'''
 
|-
 
|'''[[People block]]'''
 
|-
 
|'''[[Recent Activity block]]'''
 
|-
 
|}
 
| style="width:100px" | 
 
|[[Image:Block add frontpage dropdown list admin 1 9.jpg|frame|left| Admin blocks for site frontpage 1.9]]
 
|}
 
  
 
==Contributed blocks==
 
==Contributed blocks==
  
In addition to using the blocks included in the standard download, other Moodlers have developed their own blocks which they share with the Moodle community. You can download these contributed blocks from the Moodle.org [http://moodle.org/mod/data/view.php?id=6009 Modules and plugins database].
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In addition to using the blocks included in the standard download, other Moodlers have developed their own blocks which they share with the Moodle community. You can download these contributed blocks from the Moodle.org [http://moodle.org/plugins Moodle Plugins directory]. See [[Installing plugins]] for details of how to install a block.
 
 
Warning: Be aware that contributed blocks may have quality issues, may not work correctly, and may not work when you upgrade Moodle. You should test them thoroughly before using them and be prepared to uninstall them before upgrading.
 
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
  
 
*[[Block layout]]
 
*[[Block layout]]
*[[Installing contributed modules or plugins]]
 
  
 
[[Category:Site administration]]
 
[[Category:Site administration]]

Revision as of 13:02, 17 October 2011

Manage blocks

An administrator can manage Moodle's blocks for the site in Settings > Site administration > Plugins > Blocks > Manage blocks, including any contributed blocks that have been added.

Hiding a block

The hide/show column allows selected blocks to be hidden i.e. they do not appear in any course "Add a block" dropdown menu and cannot be used in any course. To hide a block, click the eye icon so that it changes to a closed eye.

To reduce the length of course "Add a block" dropdown menus, you should hide blocks which will not be used, such as global search (unless you have enabled the global search feature in Administration > Miscellaneous > Experimental), mentees (unless you have added a mentor role) and network servers (unless you are using Moodle Network|Moodle Networking).

Instances

The blocks page also lists the number of instance for each block. Clicking on a number results in the list of courses containing that block being displayed. See Block settings for configuration settings that might be of interest to a site administrator or someone with Front Page editing permissions.

Block deletion

Any block (apart from certain protected blocks, such as the Navigation and Settings blocks) can be deleted using the link in the delete column. There is usually no reason for standard blocks to be deleted (they are usually hidden), however non-standard blocks may need to be deleted before upgrading.

Note: To delete a block completely, in addition to deleting it on the blocks page, you also need to remove/delete the actual block folder from the moodle/blocks folder, otherwise Moodle will reinstall it next time you access the site administration.

Block settings

Certain blocks have additional settings, which can be accessed via the links in the settings column.

Contributed blocks

In addition to using the blocks included in the standard download, other Moodlers have developed their own blocks which they share with the Moodle community. You can download these contributed blocks from the Moodle.org Moodle Plugins directory. See Installing plugins for details of how to install a block.

See also