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Moodle Tutorials: Hiding and Revealing Items

Hiding and Revealing Items

Hiding and Revealing Items

You can selectively hide parts of your course site from students. In this way, you can build sections of your course and hide them until you are ready for students to see them.

Hiding a topic/weekly module:

1. Click on a slider on the top right to turn editing on:

Hiding an individual resource or activity from Course Home Page:

1. Click on three dots on the right side of the item you wish to change. Select Hide option from the pull-down menu:

3. Follow the same steps to reveal the item again.


Hiding an individual resource or activity based on a date in Edit Settings:

You can choose to reveal a resource or activity for a specified date range, or you can choose to have it hidden for a specific date range, depending on your needs. 

To have a resource or activity visible for a specific date range, follow the steps below:

1. Select three dots from the right-hand side of the item you wish to hide. Click the Edit Settings beside the resource or activity you wish to reveal at a specified date.

2. In the Restrict access section of the resource or activity click on Add restriction...:

add restriction

3. Select Date from the pop-up window.

restrict from

4. Set the date you wish to start showing the item:

moodkle screenshot set date to restrict access

5. To set the date you wish to stop showing the item, you need to add another restriction by selecting Add restriction... again:

restrict until

6. Change Date to "Until" from pull-down and set the date when you would like your item to become hidden again:

until date

7. Click the Save and return to course button.

*Note--You can set dates to achieve the opposite effect: hide an item until a specific date or for a specific date range. Complete the steps above to define the date range and then click on the eye icons to change them from show to hide (open/slash): 

screenshot moodle restrict access show hide icons

Hiding a side block:

You can also hide any blocks that are located on either side of your Moodle Course page. It comes very handy when you would like to de-clatter the page and hide all the blocks you will not be using for the course. Open the block view on the left first:

Click the gear icon on the top right of the block you wish to hide and select Hide ... block:

hide block

The block will change to a gray color indicating it is hidden to students.

To reveal the block again, click the gear icon again and select Show ... block: 

show block

The icon will change back to an open eye and the block will be visible to students.