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Tab Management


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Introduction
Tabs in the banner
Tabs in the drawer
Reorganizing, relocating and hiding tabs in Preferences
Searching tabs
Viewing and sorting your sites in your All Sites list
I can't find the tab for my class!

 Why can't students see my course site?



Introduction

CTools version 2.9 includes new tab management capabilities. You can choose whether your course and project site tabs will be displayed in the CTools banner, in the "Drawer" (a window that opens across the top of the CTools window), or not be displayed at all. See the sections below for information on how to rearrange, relocate and hide your tabs.

Note: In this help page, "site tabs" and "tabs" are used interchangeably.

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Tabs in the banner

You can have up to 50 site tabs in the blue banner across the top of the CTools screen.

CTools Screen



Tabs in the drawer

Additional tabs can appear in the drawer, which is a panel that opens when you click More Sites.

To close it click anywhere on CTools screen.

CTools Screen

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Reorganizing, relocating and hiding tabs in Preferences

In the Preferences tool, you can rearrange your site tabs and choose where they will appear.

1. To open Preferences, click the little guy with a gear icon (see image) in the upper right corner of the main CTools window and choose Tab Management.

CTools Screen

(Alternatively, you can click Preferences in the left-hand menubar while you're in My Workspace.)

2. Use your keypad, mouse, or keyboard arrow keys to click and drag tabs from one column to another and to change their order.

CTools Screen

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- Tabs in the "Favorite Sites" column appear in the banner along the top of the main CTools window.

- Those under "Active Sites" show up in the drawer, which appears when you click More Sites in the banner of the main CTools window.

- Tabs under "Archived" will be hidden from view.

3. Be sure to click Update Preferences when you're done! (You may need to scroll down to see it.)

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Searching site tabs

If you have three or more site tabs in your drawer, you can use the drawer's site tab search feature. To do this:

1. Open the drawer by clicking More Sites in the banner.

2. In the Search box, type a keyword.

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Site tabs with the keyword will appear.

3. Click the red X right next to the search box to reset search.



Viewing and sorting your sites in your All Sites list

In the Worksite Setup section of My Workspace there is a list of all your sites. You can access this list either by going to My Workspace and clicking the Worksite Setup button in the left-hand menubar (All My Sites should appear in the drop-down menu of the page that opens), or by clicking View All Sites in the upper right corner of the drawer.

In your All Sites list, you can

- sort the sites by clicking the column titles
- view a subset of your sites using the "View" drop-down menu
- edit information about a site
- search the list
- delete a site

Note: Changing the All Sites List will not affect the tabs displayed in the banner or drawer (unless you delete a site).

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I can't find the tab for my class!

Students, any classes you have registered for in the current term will automatically show up as a course site tabs (links) when you log in to CTools (unless the instructor is not using CTools),

Two common misconceptions:

1. In order for students to access materials for a course, each student has to create a course site for that course. Only instructors can create course sites and students registered for the course are automatically granted access to the instructor-created sites.

2. Students must join a course site for a class they've registered for. Once registered, a student is automatically added to the official course site for that class.

If you do not see the tab for a course site you are looking for, it's usually because:

A) The site's tab is not visible because it's in your CTools "drawer," which is the panel that appears when you click More Sites on the blue banner across the top of the CTools screen (see tabs in the drawer here).

B) If you recently registered for the class, there may be a delay of up to 24 hours before the change in the registrar's database is reflected in CTools. If you need immediate access to the site, you will need to have your instructor manually add you to the site.

C) The site has not yet been created or the instructor has created the site but not published it. You will need to check with your instructor about these possibilities.



 Why can't students see my course site?

The site tabs for any classes a student has registered for in the current term will automatically show up when the student logs in to CTools. Here are some possible reasons why one more more students can't see the tab for your course site:

1) The site's tab is not visible because it's in the student's CTools "drawer," which is the panel that appears when you click More Sites on the blue banner across the top of the CTools screen (see tabs in the drawer here).

2) If the student recently registered for the class, there may be a delay of up to 24 hours before the change in the registrar's database is reflected in CTools.

3) You may not have published your course site yet. If not, you'll see a (Publish Now) button above the menubar along the left of CTools window.

4) Site tabs can be hidden so they don't appear in either the blue banner or the drawer that opens when you click More Sites. A student may have inadvertently hidden the tab for your course site. See the section Reorganizing, relocating and hiding tabs in Preferences, above, for information about this.

5) If your course site is still not visible, please contact the ITS Service Center at 734-764-HELP (764-4357) or 4HELP@umich.edu



Are you finding what you're looking for? Please send feedback about this online help guide to ctools-doc-comments@umich.edu Thanks! (For questions about using CTools, send email to 4HELP@umich.edu)