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Navigation Bar - Adding, Removing and Renaming

The Navigation Bar (Nav bar) is the banner across the top of screen that includes the UW-Green Bay wordmark, name of the course, and links for the various D2L tools. All newly created D2L courses include the same links. The instructor can remove links that won't be used or add links for additional tools.

Add or Remove a Tool from the Nav bar

  1. Enter the course and click the Edit Course link in the upper right.
  2. Click Navigation & Themes.
  3. If you are adding or removing links for the first time in this course, first you must copy an existing nav bar, most likely the course default nav bar, so you have an editable version to work with. Copy an existing nav bar by clicking the drop-down arrow and the copy icon (looks like two small pieces of paper) to the right of the nav bar name.
  4. Click the name of the copied nav bar (e.g., "copy of course default") to edit and rename it with a clear and recognizable title, e.g., "Comm100Summer2011".
  5. The Nav bar is divided into four sections: top left, top right, bottom left, and bottom right.
  6. Each of the four sections lists the Links that are currently being used
    • To remove a link move the mouse over the link. A small X icon will appear. Select the X icon to remove the link.
    • To add a link click on Add Links. Check the box for the link, and click the Add button.
  7. Click on Save and Close
  8. You're now returned to the previous page. To activate the new Navbar, select the drop-down box under the Active Navbar heading, find your new Navbar and click Apply

How-to Video

Additional Information

  • Students don't get upset about tools on the Nav bar that aren't being used, e.g., a link for the Discussion tool that points to an empty Discussion area. Leaving links to tools that aren't used is not the end of the world.
  • Students do get anxious about the same tool with multiple display names in their different D2L courses. Try not to be too free with changes to the tool names.
  • Students never see the the Edit Course tool. It is there strictly for the instructor.
  • Don't remove the Edit Course tool. It will make many things darn near impossible, e.g., editing the Nav bar so you can put it back.
  • Don't remove the Log Out tool. The only other way to end a D2L session is to close all browsers.
  • Students are used to seeing all tools for a specific class in the lower left. Unless there is a compelling need, we suggest you keep it that way.
  • Don't add so many tools to any one Nav bar section that it distorts the Nav bar, i.e., pushes the top and bottom right sections off the screen.
  • Keep the resolution set to 800 by 600. This is a common standard.
  • There is a Save button but no Cancel button. To close the window without saving changes click on another tool or Return To Course.