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Moodle 2.3 has the ability to add blocks and remove blocks from the sidebar navigation. This is useful for customizing the appearance of the Moodle site navigation. For example, if the students are required to view their messages frequently, the Messages block can be added to the sidebar for easy access. This tutorial will explain how to add and delete blocks from the Moodle sidebar.

Adding blocks in Moodle

  1. Log into the Moodle Dashboard

    Important! Keep in mind that Editing must be turned on in the Settings section in order to edit any of these options.

  2. add-delete-block-1 Once logged in to Moodle, go to the left side where it says Add a block.

    add-delete-block-2-message-moodle Select a block to add to the navigation. In this tutorial, the Messages block will be selected to add to the navigation.

    add-delete-block-3-new-block-moodle Now the block will display on the Navigation sidebar.

Deleting blocks in Moodle

  1. add-delete-block-4-delete-moodle Select the delete icon on the block header.

    add-delete-block-5-yes-moodle Click Yes on the Are you sure that you want to delete this block titled Messages? page. Don't worry, if you remove a block by accident, it can always be added back from the Add a block drop menu. Now the block will be gone from the navigation sidebar.

This concludes the article for Adding and Deleting blocks from the Moodle sidebar. To review the last article Configuring the Navigation block in Moodle. Check the next article on Adding a Remote RSS Feed block in Moodle. For more information about articles with a similar topic, please visit Changing the Appearance of Moodle .

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2015-09-20 5:59 am

How can i display the course blocks in slider format. Not the top banner slide. I want to display the courses in slider means left arrow and right arrow. Need to show the three courses at a time and click on the left side button need to show the next three courses.

Please help me how can i do this in moodle

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2014-03-24 4:30 pm

Thank you for your replay JeffMa,

I knew about these options but this does not work everywhere in Moodle. 




42,946 Points
2014-03-24 4:59 pm
Hello Klaas,

Can you provide some detail or a URL indicating where you are unable to hide the blocks? This would help us determine if there is a solution to the problem you're facing. Please provide us further info and we would be glad to research the issue further.

Arnel C.
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2014-03-23 5:04 pm

Hi, I want some blocks not to be visible by students at all. How can I hide some blocks only for students?




11,186 Points
2014-03-24 10:07 am
Permissions on individual blocks care able to be changed easily within Moodle. The following article on Moodle's documentation will assist you in making changes to blocks:

Block settings - Moodle documentation

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