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Location: ''Administration > Modules > Blocks''  
 
Location: ''Administration > Modules > Blocks''  
  
The blocks administration page enables the administrator to manage installed blocks and their settings. It is also possible to install 3rd party blocks (non-standard) to a Moodle site.
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The blocks administration page enables administrators to manage installed blocks and their settings.
  
==Block administration page==
 
This page can be found in the [[Site administration block]] under Modules. It is a table that lists all the installed blocks. In addition to the columns below, the  block name and it's install version number are also shown.
 
  
=== Hide ===
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==Hiding a block==
The site administrator can hide or reveal a specific block from all users by clicking on the icon.  This is different than deleting.
 
  
=== Instances ===
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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.
  
This column provides a number of all the times the particular type of block is used in the courses on the Moodle site. It is linked to a list of those courses.
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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 [[Parent role|mentor role]]) and network servers (unless you are using [[Moodle Network|Moodle Networking]]).
  
=== Multiple ===
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==Instances==
  
The multiple column shows which blocks are capable of being added more than once to a course, with an option to turn off this feature.  
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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.
  
=== Delete===
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==Multiple blocks==
  
To delete a block click here and it will be removed from Moodle. However you will need to use a file manager and remove/delete the actual module directory from the moodle/blocks directory, otherwise Moodle will reinstall it next time you visit the admin page.
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Some blocks, such as the HTML block, can be used more than once on a course page. You can choose whether or not to allow this by clicking the change link in the Multiple column.
  
=== Settings ===
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==Block deletion==
Some blocks have additional settings that can be modified by the administrator.
 
  
==Adding a non-standard block==
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Any block can be deleted using the link in the delete column. There is no reason for standard blocks to be deleted, however non-standard blocks may need to be deleted before upgrading.
  
You may add [[:Category:Block (non-standard)|non-standard blocks]] simply by using a file manager to copy the new block as a directory into the moodle/blocks directory and Moodle will install it next time you visit the admin page. Moodle uses the name of the directory as the name of the block.  The same applies for blocks which you delete and wish to reinstall later.
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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.  
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==Block settings==
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A few blocks have additional settings, which can be accessed via the links in the settings column.
  
==See also==
 
 
*[[Courses block configuration]]
 
*[[Courses block configuration]]
 
*[[Online Users block configuration]]
 
*[[Online Users block configuration]]
 
*[[Remote RSS Feeds block configuration]]
 
*[[Remote RSS Feeds block configuration]]
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==Non-standard blocks==
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In addition to using the blocks included in the standard download, you can download and install non-standard (also known as ''third-party'') blocks from the Moodle.org [http://moodle.org/mod/data/view.php?id=6009 Modules and plugins database].
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Warning: Be aware that third-party 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.
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==See also==
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*[[Block layout]]
 
*[[Block layout]]
Or the block category index below for more links
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*[[:Category:Block (non-standard)|non-standard blocks]] - a list of additional blocks available plus installation instructions
  
 
[[Category:Block]]
 
[[Category:Block]]
 
[[ja:ブロック管理 (管理者)]]
 
[[ja:ブロック管理 (管理者)]]

Revision as of 11:48, 5 October 2007

Location: Administration > Modules > Blocks

The blocks administration page enables administrators to manage installed blocks and their settings.


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 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.

Multiple blocks

Some blocks, such as the HTML block, can be used more than once on a course page. You can choose whether or not to allow this by clicking the change link in the Multiple column.

Block deletion

Any block can be deleted using the link in the delete column. There is no reason for standard blocks to be deleted, 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

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

Non-standard blocks

In addition to using the blocks included in the standard download, you can download and install non-standard (also known as third-party) blocks from the Moodle.org Modules and plugins database.

Warning: Be aware that third-party 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