Changing a Button Name in the Course Navigation Menu

The default template for Blackboard courses has the following buttons as part of the course navigation menu: Announcements, Course Information, Faculty/Staff Info, Course Materials, and Assignments. You can change the text for those buttons to something that you consider more appropriate: for example, "Faculty Information" instead of "Faculty/Staff Info" or "Syllabus" instead of "Course Information". In this help sheet, we assume, for example (as we discussed in the Adding a Syllabus to Your Course help sheet), that you have only a syllabus in the Course Information section of your course, so you want to change that button to "Syllabus" instead. (This is only an example of a change you might want to make to the course navigation menu.)

  1. Log in to Blackboard (opens in new window), and click on your course among the list of "Courses you are teaching" in the My Courses section of the opening page. Within that course, go to the Control Panel by clicking on the Control Panel icon near the bottom of the left-hand navigation menu.

  2. Within the Course Options section of the Control Panel (in the bottom-left quadrant of your browser window), click on the Manage Course Menu link:

    Manage Course Menu

  3. Click on the Modify button next to the menu item whose name you want to change. In our example, we will click on the Modify button for the "Course Information" button:

    Modify Course Information Button

  4. Click and drag with your mouse to highlight "Course Information" in the text window in the Name area, and type in Syllabus instead:

    Change Name to Syllabus

  5. Scroll down on the page (if necessary), and click on the Submit Button button to send your changes to the server.

  6. Blackboard will confirm the success of the change. Click on the OK Button button to return to the Manage Course Menu page.

  7. At the top of the page is what Blackboard calls the "bread-crumb trail." Click on the link for your course (as shown in the figure below) to return to the student view of your course in Blackboard:

    Bread-Crumb Trail

  8. You should see the modified button name as part of your course menu. If not, click on the Refresh button at the bottom of the menu frame (on the left side of your screen) to refresh the course menu:

    New Course Menu

Last revised December 4, 2007.   Please send questions or comments to