The Minibar is the new name for the system navigation bar that is at the very top of the D2L screen.

There are several convenient features located on this minibar.

  • The My Home button on the far left of the minibar will return you to your homepage no matter where you are in D2L.

Select a Course

  • Directly to the right of the My Home button is the Select a Course search box. If you have selected a course from My Courses, that course will be displayed as the current course.

  • To view a different course, simply select the drop-down arrow next to the current course title. There you will see a list of the courses you have access to, and you can quickly access another course without returning to the My Homepage.

  • You may "pin" courses you access frequently. Doing this will ensure that whenever you click the dropdown arrow to make a course selection, the pinned course(s) will automatically be at the top of the list. This is very convenient if you have a large list of courses.

  • Step 1: Click the course search dropdown arrow and find the course you wish to pin.

    Step 2: To the right of the course you will see the outline of a pin: Pin

    Step 3: Click the pushpin icon to the right of the course name. When you do this, the pin will turn orange: Pinned

    Step 4: Your class is now pinned to the top of your list for easy access.

    Step 5: To unpin a course at any time, simply click the pin again. The pin image will return to its original color and the course will return to its original position in the search list.

Additional Features

  • The D2L mail button will now display in a drop-down list the 5 most recent D2L mail messages that you have received.

  • The Updates button will now display in a drop-down list the 5 most recent course update messages that you have received.

  • The Subscriptions button will now display in a drop-down list the 5 most recent Discussion topic subscriptions that you configured.

Personal Menu

Another feature of the minibar can be found on the far right side. There you will see your profile image and your name. If you click the drop-down arrow to the right of your name, a list of options will appear.

Click Profile to create/edit your personal profile. This includes uploading or changing your profile picture as well as any personal information you would like to display. Your photo and your profile information is available to others in the Classlist tool in courses in which you are enrolled.

Click Notifications to configure instant notifications through any email address outside of D2L and/or cell phone messages about course events, such as dropbox submissions, grades, discussion messages, and news updates. You can also subscribe to summaries of course activities rather than getting notifications for each event.

Click Account Settings to change different options for your D2L account. Here you can change font settings, dialog window pop-ups, time zone preferences, discussion settings, and email settings (such as mail forwarding and email signatures).

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