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Customizing your course menu is the key to a well-organized course in Canvas. A customized course menu helps to organize your course content and control the flow of information for your students. The course menu is located on the left-hand side of your course.

When organizing your course menu, you’ll first want to decide which menu items to show to students and which items to hide. To do this,

  1. Log-in to Canvas at https://umkc.instructure.com.
  2. Select and open the course you would like to customize from your Canvas Dashboard.
  3. Select Settings from the bottom of the course menu. (Note: The Settings button will always appear at the bottom of your course menu and is never available to student users.)

    Organizing Your Course Menu Graphic

  4. At the top of the Settings page, select Navigation.

    Organizing Your Course Menu Graphic

  5. To hide a button, click and drag the button below the header that reads Drag items here to hide them from students OR select the three-dot menu to the right of each menu item and select

    Organizing Your Course Menu Graphic

  6. To make a button available, click and drag the button above the header that reads Drag items here to hide them from students OR select the three-dot menu to the right of each menu item and select

    Organizing Your Course Menu Graphic

  7. After you have completed your changes, scroll to the bottom and select Save.

You can also alter the order of the buttons in the left-hand menu. To do this…

  1. Repeat steps 1-4 listed above.
  2. Click and drag menu items to reorder them OR select the three-dot menu to the right of each menu item and select
  3. Under the Move Navigation Item Menu, you can select At the Top, Before…,After…, or At the Bottom.

    Organizing Your Course Menu Graphic

  4. Once you have made your selection, select Move.
  5. After you have completed your changes, scroll to the bottom and select Save.