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This refers to Moodle 3.6 from July 2019 onward

How to add a custom HTML block to your Dashboard or module page

You can use a HTML block on your Dashboard to hold anything from links to widgets.

One of the commonest uses for this might be to create a Quick Links block on your Dashboard for links to frequently-visited modules, activities, school categories or to external websites.

How to create a Favourites/Bookmarks block on your Dashboard or (if you're an editing teacher) a custom links block in your module 

  • Browse to the Moodle category or frequently used website you want to link to
  • Select the URL in the browser address bar and copy that URL
  • Open another Moodle window or tab
  • Go to Dashboard     (OR     go to your module page, if you want to add the block to a module)
  • Click “Customise this page” on top right      (OR on a module click Turn Editing On icon: pink pen towards top right)
  • Drop down the Navigation (Hamburger) menu and scroll down to Add a block
  • Select the drop down menu and choose the block:  HTML


  • Wait for the screen to refresh and then scroll down to the bottom of the right-hand column again, where you will see (new HTML block)
  • Click on the Actions icon (the cogwheel)  for that block and select the Configure (new HTML block) block option


  • Give it a Block title (e.g., Favourites, My Links or Key Links)
  • In the Content box create the text you want to turn into a text link, e.g.  School of Economics or Workspace


  • Select the text
  • Click the link icon (a chain link) (see illustration above)
  • Paste the URL that you copied at the beginning (or type in a URL)
  • If you want the link to open the website in another window tick the Open in new window box
  • Click Create link
  • Create and select text and add links for other websites or categories you would like to link to in your Key Links block 
  • Finally click Save changes

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