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The Preferences page gives users quick access to various settings they might wish to edit. It can be accessed directly from the user menu in the top, right corner of Moodle.

If the theme being used does not include a user menu (which pops up when you click your name in the top, right corner of Moodle), users will need to go to their Profile page by clicking their name, click 'Edit profile;' and then use the breadcrumb trail to go back to the 'preferences' page.

The preferences of another user may be accessed from a link on their Profile page, for those who have access to it.

What is displayed on the Preferences page may vary according to the permissions of each individual.:

User account

Links here allow users to edit their profile information and change their password, specify how they wish to receive forum and other notifications, choose a text editor (if allowed) and view/reset their RSS token.

Preferred language

Note that changing your preferred language here will only affect the Moodle interface and not the actual course content.

Forum preferences

Email digest type

This setting determines how you receive any posts from Forums to which you are subscribed, allowing you to receive messages individually or on a daily basis.

Forum auto-subscribe

This setting lets you decide if you want email copies of posts that are added to forums. If you set this to subscribe, the system will automatically email you copies of new posts in discussions that you post in, unless you manually override it when posting.

Use experimental nested discussion view

This setting makes available a new discussion view, trialled in Moodle 3.8.

Forum tracking

Enabling forum tracking means highlighting the posts you have not read yet, which should improve your forum navigation.

Editor preferences


See Messaging settings

Security keys

See Security keys]


Here the user can manage and download their badges, set privacy levels and connect to their backpack.


Where portfolios have been enabled, their visibility can be set here on an individual basis.


Blog preferences may be set here, and external blogs registered.


Users with the capability to assign roles (moodle/role:assign), override permissions (moodle/role:override) and review permissions for others (moodle/role:review) in the system context (by default managers) can review and change a user's role assignments and review and change permissions for the user.


  • What displays here depends on the permissions and roles of the user.
  • If Event monitoring is enabled on the site, a link will be available in this section.