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tami_russell
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How do I get a "Next" button at the bottom of my Home Page?

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I created and published my home page in a course, but it does not have the "Next" button at the bottom of the page. How do I get one to show up so students can just click next to begin the first module?

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Stef_retired
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 @tami_russell ​, every item that you want to be part of the module progression needs to be included in the modules. So, if you want your students to be able to click on the "Next" button at the bottom of the home page, the home page also needs to be the first item in the first module. You can create a module called "Home Page" or "Begin Here" to accomplish that, and then add the actual home page to that module. Follow the instructions here: How do I add items to a Module?

Alternatively, some designers choose to create a "Click Here" button that is linked to the first module or to the Modules List, and you would use the Content Selector panel to create that link; see What is the Content Selector in the Rich Content Editor?   You'll find additional resources on creating buttons in the Instructional Designers​ group, so if you're not already a member, you might want to join that group and browse through the ideas.

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Stef_retired
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Community Team

 @tami_russell ​, every item that you want to be part of the module progression needs to be included in the modules. So, if you want your students to be able to click on the "Next" button at the bottom of the home page, the home page also needs to be the first item in the first module. You can create a module called "Home Page" or "Begin Here" to accomplish that, and then add the actual home page to that module. Follow the instructions here: How do I add items to a Module?

Alternatively, some designers choose to create a "Click Here" button that is linked to the first module or to the Modules List, and you would use the Content Selector panel to create that link; see What is the Content Selector in the Rich Content Editor?   You'll find additional resources on creating buttons in the Instructional Designers​ group, so if you're not already a member, you might want to join that group and browse through the ideas.

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Stefanie,

   Thank you for your fast response. I have gone back and created the page that I want to be my home page within the first module. When I view it in the Pages list, it has the Next button. But, when I open the course and see it as the home page, it does NOT have the Next button. Any idea what little step I must be leaving out?

I was able to add the Click Here feature using the Content Selector panel, so I'll be fine with that for now. Thanks for your help!

I was able to add the Click Here feature using the Content Selector panel, so I'll be fine with that for now. Thanks for your help!

 @tami_russell ​, I'm glad you were able to get this to work. Creating a Click Here button is by far the better of the two options, because it's more intuitive for students.

michelle_steven
Community Participant

Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks. Adding the page to a module did not work for me either so I also added a click here button.

I sent a message to Support, because I noticed that the next button wasn't showing up on my Home page even after adding it to the module. They said that this is the intended function for Home pages. I searched in the community and found that someone has suggested that there be an option to have the next button on Home pages - view the idea and vote for the suggestion here

fandrey
Community Participant

Clicking on this link "view the idea and vote for the suggestion here" leads to a page titled "cold storage", which doesn't bode well for Canvas fixing this issue. A person ought to be able to choose to either show or suppress the Next button for a home page.

 @fandrey ‌, if you'd like to join the private group Cold Storage‌ to view ideas that did not receive high enough vote totals to move forward for future consideration, you can request membership in the group. (FYI, the linked idea garnered 14 votes during its six-month time span.)  More about how ideas are considered can be found in How does the feature idea process work in the Canvas Community?