Moodle- Managing Files and Folders


UW-Madison has adopted Canvas as its single, centrally supported learning management system. As of 6/1/2018, support for Desire2Learn (D2L) and most Moodle courses has been discontinued. Access to those courses has permanently ended. However, certain Moodle courses that are part of the Adanced Quizzing Content Functional Gaps project are still available on Moodle. Those courses are located on the Moodle Extension site.

compatible with Moodle 2.0, 2.1, 2.8, 3.0

Managing Files and Folders

Adding or Linking to a File

1. First, click Turn editing on in the upper right corner of your course’s homepage.

2. In the week/topic in which you would like a link to your file to appear, click the Add an activity or resource drop-down menu, and select File.

3. Enter the name that you would like to appear for your file. You may also enter a description, but it is not necessary, as it will not appear anywhere else on the course page. Then, click the Add button in the content section to be brought to the file picker.


4. Select the file you would like to upload using the file picker.


5. Clicking the Choose file button will pop-up window in which you can choose a file from your computer. Choose your file from your computer. You may rename the file before you click Upload this file.

6. Save and return to course button at the bottom of the page. A link to your file will now be on your course homepage.

Linking to a Folder of Documents

1. First, turn editing on by clicking the Turn editing on button at the top right of your course homepage.

2. In the desired week/topic, click the Add an activity or resource drop-down menu and select Folder.

3. Give the folder a name. The link to the folder does not need to have the same name as the folder itself.


4. You can click Create folder to organize files within the linked folder. Click Add to select files you have already uploaded or to upload new files (see Adding or Linking to a File above). Be careful about what is in the displayed directory as all files and subfolders in the directory will be visible to students.


5. You will then have to name the folder.


6. When finished, click the Save and return to course to return to your course homepage or the Save and display button to view the files in the directory. These files and folders will be available in the "Server Files" repository.

Uploading multiple files at once

1. First, make sure all of the files you would like to upload together are placed into one folder on your computer.

2. On a PC, right click on the folder in which all of your files are located and, under "Send to," click Compressed (zipped) folder. On a Mac, ctrl+click the folder and click Create archive of [folder name]. In both cases, a new file will be created with the same name but with a “.zip” extension.

3. On your course homepage, in the section you want the link to the file to appear, select Folder from the "Add a resource" drop-down menu.

5. After filling in the required "Name" field, click the Add button,

6. Click Upload a File, click Browse and locate the zipped file you just created on your computer. You may rename the folder before clicking Upload this file.


7. Click the uploaded folder, and select Unzip.


8. An unzipped version of the folder will appear. All of the files in the folder you uploaded should now appear in that folder. Delete the zipped folder, and click Save and return to course at the bottom of the page.


Keywords:Moodle files and folders 2.0 2.1 repository, file, upload, folders, repository   Doc ID:21565
Owner:Deborah H.Group:Moodle
Created:2011-12-02 13:24 CDTUpdated:2018-02-16 11:09 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Moodle
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