How do I use Draft State in Pages?

Draft State allows content in Pages to exist in an unpublished (draft) state. Unpublished content is invisible to students.

Note: If you use Modules in your course and add a Page to a Module, please be aware that the state of the Module overrides the state of all module items. You may want to consider leaving Pages unpublished until you are ready to publish the entire Module. For more information please see the Modules Draft State lesson.

Open Pages

Open Pages

In Course Navigation, click the Pages link.

View Status within an Individual Page

View Status within an Individual Page

Within individual pages, the page status is shown next to the page settings.

Publish a Page

Publish a Page

To publish a page, click the Publish button. The button will change from gray to green.  

Unpublish a Page

Unpublish a Page

To unpublish a page, hover over the published button. The hover text will confirm you want to unpublish the page, and the button will change from green to red. Click the button to confirm.

Note: You cannot unpublish a page that has been set to the Front Page.

View Status of All Pages

View Status of All Pages

On the Pages Index page, you can view the status of each page. Green cloud icons with a white checkmark [1] indicate the page is published. Solid gray cloud icons [2] indicate unpublished pages. You can change the status of a page by toggling the published and unpublished icons.

Publish a Page

Publish a Page

To publish a page, click the unpublished icon. The hover text will confirm you want to publish the page.

Unpublish a Page

Unpublish a Page

To unpublish a page, hover over the published icon. The hover text will confirm you want to unpublish the page. Click the icon to confirm.

Pages Student View

Pages Student View

Students cannot see any of the actions involved with Draft State, such as published and unpublished icons and setting icons. Students will only see published pages, which are posted in gray text.