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This refers to Moodle 3.11 from August 2022 onwards

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 

Preliminary - if you want to add a URL

  • 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

In Moodle

  • Open a Moodle window or tab
  • Go to your Dashboard     (OR     go to your module page, if you want to add the block to a module)
  • Click  'Customise this page' button on top right      (OR on a module click the Turn editing on button icon: pink pen towards top right)
  • Drop down the Navigation (Hamburger) menu      and click on Add a block
  • In the Add a block menu and choose the HTML option

Hamburger menu showing 'Add a block' and menu showing 'HTML' option


  • Wait for the screen to refresh and then you will see a (new HTML block) in the right-hand column
  • Click on the Actions menu icon (the cogwheel)  in that block and select the Configure (new HTML block) block option

                                    Action menu

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

         How to add a link How to add text to a link      

  • Highlight 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 or link to an email address)
  • If you want the link to open the website in another window tick the Open in new window box
  • Click on 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 
  • Click on Save changes
  • Remember to click onStop customising this page buttonorTurn editing off buttonwhen you've finished making the block

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