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Navigation Bar

The navigation bar, or navbar, is the set of links that appears across the top of your course site. When your course site is created, the default DePaul navbar will be active, but you may wish to create your own navbar to give students access to other course tools if you opt to use them frequently, particularly quizzes, groups, or Surveys. You can also add links to external websites to the navbar.

It is highly recommended that you create a new navbar by copying the default navbar rather than creating a new navbar from scratch. In addition, you should always leave the Course Home and Edit Course link in your course navbar.

How to Access Navbars

Click Edit Course in the top navbar, and then click Navigation + Themes.

Creating a New Navbar

The default navbar is shared university-wide, and it cannot be edited directly by instructors. You must create a copy of the navbar and edit the copy.

  1. Click Edit Course on the right side of the navbar.
  2. Click Navigation + Themes. The Navbar page will open; it displays a list of the navbars that are currently available for use.
  3. Click the drop-down arrow next to the Course Default navbar, and select Copy. A new navbar titled Course Default – Copy will now appear in the navbar list.
  4. Click Course Default-Copy to edit your copy.
  5. Enter a new name for your navbar.
  6. Enter a description for your new navbar (optional).
  7. NOTE: Students do not see the navbar name or description. They are only for your reference when editing your navbars.

  8. Click Change Theme if you want to select a new layout for your course’s top navigation (optional). The DePaul University – Course Default option is selected by default.
  9. Follow the instructions on the next page to add, remove, or reorder the links that will appear in your new navbar.
  10. Click Save and Close when you are done making changes.

Add Links to your Navbar

You can add system links to your navbar to give more attention to tools usually in the More link group, such as Surveys, Self- Assessments, Chat, and Groups.

NOTE: Adding a link to a tool normally in the More link group to your navbar will not remove it from the More link group. You would have to delete the link group and create a new one. See the Add a Link Group to your Navbar section below.

  1. Click Add Links in the lower-right corner of the area you want to add links to .
  2. Select the boxes for the tools that you want to your navbar.
  3. Click Add. The window will close, and the tools you selected will now be displayed in the Links area.

Delete Links in your Navbar

NOTE: Do not remove the Edit Course link from your navbar. Students will not see it, and it must be in the navbar for you to access course settings.

  1. Hold your mouse over the link you want to delete until “X” appears in the upper right corner.
  2. Click X. The link will be removed from your navbar.
  3. NOTE: An alternate way to remove unused links from the navbar is to set their status to “off” in the Tools section. Click Edit Course on your course navbar, and then click Tools at the bottom of the page. A list of all D2L tools will be displayed. Click the box in the right-hand column to set a tool’s status to “off”. You can also rename a tool by typing a new name for it in the Custom Navbar Name field.

Reorder Links in your Navbar

  1. Hold your mouse over the link you want to reorder until the three-line symbol appears on the left side of the link’s title. Your cursor will turn to the crosshair symbol.
  2. Hold down your left mouse button to pick up the link, and drag it to its new location. A gray bar will appear that indicates where the link will be placed when you drop it.
  3. Release your mouse button to drop the link in its new location.
  4. NOTE: Your new navbar will not appear at the top of your course site until you make it active. See instructions for setting the navbar as active on the next page.

Add Custom Links to your Navbar

You can add custom links that you create to your course navbar. Custom links can link to specific items in your course or external websites.

  1. Click Create Custom Link in the link area in which you want to add a custom link .
  2. Enter a name for your link in the name field. This will be the label for the link in your navbar.
  3. Enter location information for the custom link.
    • To link to an external website, copy its web address and paste it into the URL field.
    • To link to a specific item within your course, click Insert Quicklink below the URL field. A list of course areas will open; click the specific area in which the item is located, and then click the item you want to link to.

Add a Link Group to your Navbar

A link group will display as a title and drop-down arrow in your navbar. When students click on the link, a drop-down menu will open that displays all of the links that you add to the group. (The More drop-down menu that appears in the default navbar is an example of a link group.)

  1. Click Custom Links at the top of the Navbars page.
  2. Click Create Link Group.
  3. Enter a name for your link group. This is the text that will appear with the drop-down arrow in the navbar.
  4. Add the links that will appear in your link group’s drop-down menu:
    • Click Add Existing Link to select an area in your course.
    • Click Create Link to create a custom link to an item in your course or to a webpage.
  5. Repeat step 4 until you are done adding links to your link group.
  6. Click Save.
  7. NOTE: To find your custom link group quickly when you are adding it to your navbar, click Custom Groups at the top of the Add Links window.

Setting Your Navbar as Active

When you have finished editing your navbar, you must set it as active in the main Navbars page.

  1. Click the drop-down arrow to open the Active Navbar menu. A list of all of your navbars will be displayed.
  2. Select the navbar you want to make active.
  3. Click Apply.
  4. NOTE: After you have set your navbar as active, any changes you make to the navbar will be immediately visible to students.

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