Show and Hide Course Navigation Links

As an instructor, you can control which links appear in Course Navigation. Canvas includes a set of default Course Navigation links that are shown by default and cannot be renamed.

Links to sections without content that students cannot create content for will be automatically hidden for students and will display the Visibility icon to instructors.

Please note: Showing certain course tools, such as Attendance, Simple Syllabus, and Library Course Reserves, will enable them within your course, but not make the Course Navigation Link visible to students. 

Access Course Navigation Settings

  1. Click the Settings link at the bottom of your Course Navigation menu. 
    Screenshot of a canvas course menu.  The settings link is highlighted.
  2. Click the Navigation tab.
    Screenshot of the top of the course settings page in a Canvas Course.  The Navigation tab is highlighted.

Show (or Enable) Course Navigation Links

To enable a link in the hidden section [1], click the Options icon [2] and click the Enable button [3].

You can also drag and drop the link above the hidden section.

Hide (or Disable) Course Navigation Links

To hide a navigation link, click the link Options icon [1] and select the Disable option [2].

You can also drag and drop the link to the hidden section at the bottom of the page.

Move Course Navigation Links

Here are two different ways to move Course Navigation links:

Drag and Drop Navigation Links

You can use the drag-and-drop option to reorder navigation links.

  1. Click the navigation link you would like to move.
  2. Drop the navigation link in the desired location by releasing the mouse.

Move Navigation Links

You can also use the Move To option to reorder an navigation link. Click the Options icon [1] and select the Move link [2].

Note: The Move To option only moves a navigation link within its respective section (visible or hidden). Hidden items must first be enabled before they can be ordered among visible navigation items. A hidden item cannot be moved directly to the enabled link section using the Move To option.

Save Navigation

Click the Save button to save the changes you've made to your Course Navigation links. 

View Course Navigation Links

View the Course Navigation Menu. Navigation links will display in the same order you designated in Course Settings.

Any Course Navigation link that is hidden from students displays the Visibility icon [1]. A link may be hidden to students because the feature area has no content [2] or because the link is disabled. Links that are manually disabled by a course instructor display at the bottom of the Course Navigation Menu above the Settings link [3].

Note: If you have disabled a Course Navigation link to an external tool, that link will not display in Course Navigation and is hidden from all course users, including instructors.



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