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How do I reorder 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. Depending on your course configuration, other links may be available and may be customizable.

Links to sections that don't have any content and that students cannot create content for will automatically not be shown to students and will be faded for your view. For example, if there are no learning outcomes set for the course, you will see the faded Outcomes link, but students will not see the link at all. Configured External Apps may create additional Course Navigation links.

Disabling a course navigation link creates the following redirects:

  • Hidden only (cannot be disabled but still accessible via direct URL): Discussions, Grades, and People
  • Page disabled; redirected to home page: Announcements, Assignments, Conferences, Collaborations, Files, Modules, Outcomes, Quizzes, pages, Syllabus
  • Page disabled; won't appear in navigation: Any LTI links, such as Attendance, Chat, and SCORM

Reordering and hiding Course Navigation links for Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, and Files also affects the course tabs in the Dashboard course view for all users.

Note: Navigation links that cannot be disabled require the URL access to display related data in other Canvas areas. Access to hidden pages may be further restricted by changing specific student permissions in Canvas. Contact your Canvas admin for assistance.

Open Settings

Open Settings

In Course Navigation, click the Settings link.

Open Navigation

Open Navigation

Click the Navigation tab.

Reorder Navigation Links

All default Canvas links are always shown in a course.

To reorder navigation links, you can drag and drop links to create a custom order [1]. You can also click the link Settings icon [2] and select the Move option [3].

Note: You can also select, navigate, and drop navigation links using a keyboard. To view the keyboard shortcuts, press the comma key. Links will always be placed below the link where you drop it. To replace a link at the beginning of the navigation menu, drop the link at the top. By default the link will appear as the second link in the list. Then move the top link down below your preferred link.

Move Navigation Link

Choose where you want to move the link in the Course Navigation. Click the radio button for Before or After In the drop-down menu [1], then select the name of a link [2]. Click the Move button [3]. Canvas will move your link either before or after the link you selected in the menu.

Hide Navigation Links

To hide a navigation link, you can drag and drop the link to the hidden section at the bottom of the page [1]. You can also click the link Settings icon [2] and select the Disable option [3].

Save Navigation

Save Navigation

Click the Save button.

Enable Link

To enable a link in the hidden section [1], drag and drop the link above the hidden section [3].

You can also click the Settings icon [3] and click the Enable button [4].