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Top Frame Tabs

Administrators can create a Top Frame Tab containing one or more secondary tabs. The name appears as the top-level tab and the secondary tabs appear when activated. Tabs can be reordered on the Tabs page using the drag-and-drop function. The appearance of tabs can be previewed by role or by selecting a user. Use this option to preview the layout of tabs for users with multiple institution roles.

With the April 2014 release of Learn 9.1, Blackboard removed the use of <iframes> in main navigation. This eliminates the frames that were originally used to separate the top frame tabs from content and activity below. Instead, <div> tags to organize the page for a seamless graphical user interface.

A Top Frame Tab appears to users only when it contains at least one tab that is available to users. To learn more about setting tab availability, see Setting Tab Properties.


Create a Top Frame Tab

  1. On the Administrator Panel, under Communities, select Tabs and Modules.
  2. Select Tabs.
  3. Select Create Top Frame Tab.
  4. Provide a Title and a Reference Name for the Top Frame Tab.
  5. Under Availability, select Yes to make it visible to users.
  6. Select Everyone to make the Top Frame Tab available to all users.

    -OR-

    Select Selected Roles. Select a Role, and then select the right-pointing arrow to move the Role to the Selected Items field.

  7. Choose the tabs to include in the Top Frame Tab by selecting the tabs and selecting the right-pointing arrow to move the tabs to the Selected Items field.
  8. Select Submit.

Preview a Top Frame Tab

  1. On the Administrator Panel, under Communities, select Tabs and Modules.
  2. Select Tabs.
  3. Select Preview and select By Institution Role or By User.
  4. Select a Role to preview and select the right-pointing arrow to move it into the Select Items field.

    -OR-

    Select a user by selecting Browse and selecting a user from the list in the separate window. Select Submit. The selected username appears in the Copy Roles From field. Select Go. The Roles assigned to that user appear in the Selected Items field.

  5. Select Preview. The Top Frame Tab appears in a separate window. Close the window when finished previewing.
  6. Select OK.

Edit a Top Frame Tab

  1. On the Administrator Panel, under Communities, select Tabs and Modules.
  2. Select Tabs.
  3. In the Top Frame Tab menu, select Edit.
  4. Make changes to the properties of the Top Frame Tab.
  5. Select Submit.

Rearrange tabs

  1. On the Administrator Panel, under Communities, select Tabs and Modules.
  2. Select Tabs.
  3. Press and drag the appropriate Top Frame Tab where you want it.
  4. Preview the change.
  5. Select any tab to save the change.

Delete a Top Frame Tab

  1. On the Administrator Panel, under Communities, select Tabs and Modules.
  2. In the Top Frame Tab menu, select Remove Tab from Top Frame Tab.
  3. Select OK.
  4. Select any tab to save the change.