Managing the Dashboard (Moodle)

This article demonstrates how to manage Dashboards on your Learn Moodle site.



Dashboard (formerly known as 'My home') is a customizable page for providing users with links to their courses and activities within them, such as unread forum posts and upcoming assignments.

  • Dashboard usually has the Course overview block in the central column. Depending on the site settings for this block, categories and child courses may display under the main courses. 
  • On the Dashboard, the courses in the Navigation block are expanded by default (as in the screenshot below) whereas they are collapsed by default elsewhere in Moodle.
  • Users can customize their Dashboard and add and remove blocks by clicking the 'Customize this page' button (1) in the screenshot below:

Quick access to Dashboard is also available from the user menu top right of the screen once logged in:

Resetting Dashboard to Default

If a user has customized their page and wish to revert back to the original settings, they can click the 'Reset page to default' button (2) after first clicking the 'Customize this page' button (1).


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Default Home Page

An administrator can change the default home page in Administration > Site administration > Appearance > Navigation.

If 'User preference' is selected as default home page, each user needs to navigate to Dashboard either via the Navigation block or the user menu and then from the Administration block click the "Make this my default home page" link. Note that this option only appears on the page that is not their current default home page. Once selected, Moodle will remember which page to present them each time they log on.



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Setting the Default Dashboard for New Users

An administrator or manager (or other user with the capability moodle/my:configsyspages) can set which content (course overview, calendar, blocks) appears on the Dashboard for new users as follows:

  1. Access Administration > Site administration > Appearance > Default Dashboard page.
  2. Select the required blocks from the "Add a block" drop-down menu.  See Managing Blocks to find out more about configuring blocks.
  3. Reposition blocks using the arrow icons in the block headers.

Default blocks are:

      • Navigation
      • Administration
      • Course overview
      • Private files
      • Latest badges
      • Calendar
      • Upcoming events
      • Online users

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Adding a Block to the Dashboard for All Users

An administrator can add a new block to the Dashboard for all existing users (not only new users) as follows:

  1. Turn editing on for the front page
  2. Add the block to the front page
  3. Edit where the block appears and set the page contexts to 'Display throughout the entire site'
  4. Go to your Dashboard page and again edit where the block appears and set 'Display on page types' to 'Dashboard page'

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Preventing Users from Customizing Their Dashboard

By default, users can customize their Dashboard and add blocks. An admin can prevent this as follows:

  1. Go to Administration > Site administration > Users > Permissions > Define roles.
  2. Edit the authenticated user role and unselect the Manage Dashboard blocks capability.

By default, users can add many blocks to their Dashboard. An admin can prevent them from adding a particular block, such as the Online users block, as follows:

  1. Go to Administration > Site administration > Users > Permissions > Define roles.
  2. Edit the authenticated user role and unselect the Add a new online users block to the Dashboard capability.

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