Deleting the Announcements Forum

The Announcements Forum in Moodle is used to post class news and announcements and is added to all new courses automatically. If you prefer not use the Announcements Forum and want to get rid of it, you'll find that deleting from the front page appears to work, but the Forum will reappear when you refresh the page.  

In previous versions of Moodle the Announcements forum was named "News Forum." The function is the same but the name was updated to provide a clearer indication of its purpose.


To get rid of the Announcements Forum:

  1. Turn on Edit Mode
  2. Click the three dots button to the right of the Announcements Forum and choose Delete.
  3. Click on the course Settings link below the course title
  4. Find the Appearance section. Expand the Appearance menu items.
  5. Set Number of announcements to 0.
  6. Scroll to the bottom and click the blue Save Changes button.

If you have a Latest news block on the right hand side of the page, you should remove it since there will be no news to display.  See the Moodle Blocks help page for instructions.

Multiple Copies of the Announcement or News Forums

If you import material from a previous semester's course, you may end up with multiple copies of Announcement and/or News forums.  Follow Step 1 and 2 above to remove all but one of the Announcement/News forum activities.

Getting the Announcements Forum Back

If you have Announcement-Forum-removers remorse, you can get the forum back by setting the Number of announcements in the course settings to a non-zero value.

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