Course formats: Buttons

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Buttons is a course format that creates a menu with buttons to access the sections, one by one. Please favourite ♥!
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Buttons is a course format that creates a menu with buttons to access the sections, one by one.

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* Create groups of sections, to separate topics in modules or periods;
* Create names to the groups to identify them. (Example: First Semester, Topics about a specific theme);
* Change the colors of the buttons (when active, inactive, on over and hidden), to fit it your Moodle theme;
* Define the list-style between numbers, alphabet or roman numeral;
* Define the button's shape between squares or circles.


* For recent Moodle versions, you can install this plugin automatically from the Moodle plugins database.

Manual installation

1. You can manually download the zip file from the Moodle Plugins Database.
2. After downloading the zip file, expand it and put it's contents in your .../moodle/course/format/ directory.
3. The folder name must be 'buttons'.
4. Go to 'Admin ► Site administration ► Notifications' page.
5. Follow the instructions inside the page to finish the installation.


1. When creating a new course, select 'Buttons format' in the 'Course format' dropdown menu.
2. To select the format, simply choose it from the list of course formats in the course settings.
3. Choose the number of sections, or leave the default of 10 sections.
4. Choose where you want the first (zero) section (which has the default 'Announcements' forum) positioned: Either 'Above the list buttons' or 'Below the visible section'.
5. Select the sequential rule. You can uses the count original of the topics, or chose to reset the count to each new grouping.
6. Select the list-style in numbers, alphabet or roman numeral.
7. Write the titles for all the groupings you will use and the number of sections that each one will have. If a group has only one section, the icon will be (...).
8. Write the hexadecimal color for the current section button and the visible section button, or leave it empty to use the default value.


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  • Picture of Theodosis Karageorgakis
    Thu, Jan 31, 2019, 3:06 PM
    Well made plugin. I am curious though if there is an update to 3.6 planed? Thank you in advance
  • Picture of Christophe Barbot
    Sat, Feb 9, 2019, 6:35 PM
    Same question. Is there an update to Moodle 3.6 ?
  • Picture of Ryan Kuhne
    Wed, Apr 10, 2019, 8:09 PM
    Great plugin! Would love the update for 3.6 though. When installed in 3.6 there seems to be some spacing issues between buttons randomly. I also get some button with "..." instead of numbers in the first section. And the section names do not always appear. Thank you very much for developing and supporting this plugin!!!
  • Picture of Ian Suttie
    Wed, Apr 24, 2019, 10:14 PM
    +1 to moodle 3.6 please!
  • Picture of Dan Jeffries
    Wed, May 8, 2019, 8:04 PM
    Would be great if the Developer could update us about whether this will be 3.6 compatible or not. We love this course format but we need to update to 3.6 or even 3.7 and if Buttons is NOT supported then we really have to consider future plans.

    Rodrigo - speak to us! :D
  • Picture of Jose Polonia
    Thu, May 23, 2019, 8:39 AM
    hi rodrigo, fantastic plugin... congratulations...

    i have a questions, how i can add this format?

    thanks for your help

  • Gareth J Barnard
    Mon, Oct 7, 2019, 8:05 PM
    Dear Rodrigo,

    Due to: This is causing all the content in other course formats not to be displayed. And issues that are not my fault:

    Please fix or remove the version ASAP.

  • Picture of Rodrigo Brandão
    Mon, Oct 7, 2019, 9:16 PM
    Gareth J Barnard, issue fixed!
  • Picture of Francis Feytout
    Tue, Oct 8, 2019, 5:28 PM
    Gareth, Rodrigo, I can confirm the 2019100702 version fixes the bug. Thanks
  • Stefano Guglielmetti
    Thu, Dec 12, 2019, 7:55 PM
    Hi Rodrigo, great plugin!
    I have a little problem: I want edit to edit the permissions for one capability but I don't find this plugin in the list. How can I do it?
  • Ricardo Caiado
    Fri, Feb 14, 2020, 9:27 PM
    Hi, Rodrigo.

    Is this course format compatible with Moodle App?

  • Ricardo Caiado
    Mon, Jun 15, 2020, 5:46 AM
    Olá, Rodrigo.

    Estou com o seguinte problema: ao usar este formato de curso e colocar uma restrição de data nas Seções o meu perfil de "Professor" perde o acesso a elas. Com estas mesmas configurações, mas usando o formato "Tópicos" o meu perfil de Professor tem acesso.

  • Picture of Clare Hayward
    Tue, Jul 28, 2020, 4:56 PM
    Hi, we are upgrading from 3.5 to 3.9 and would like to continue use of this plugin. Will it work on 3.9 or are there plans to release a version for 3.9?
  • Picture of Wybre Raap
    Mon, Sep 14, 2020, 7:38 PM
    Hello Rodrigo. We like this format a lot. Do you have plans for adding tooltips to the buttons? So a user can hoover over the buttons without having to click on the button to see the content. That would be great if that's posible..
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