You're looking at an older version of Totara Learn.

Please see Totara Learn 12 help for the latest version.

You can configure the contents of the user menu (with the exception of the log out link, which is automatically added). Each line is separated by | characters and consists of a string in 'langstringname, componentname' form or as plain text, a URL, and an icon either as a pix icon or as a URL. Dividers can be used by adding a line of one or more # characters where desired.

For example the default user menu is:


The user menu items will show when you click the dropdown box under your username.

User menu screenshot


The Preferences page gives users quick access to various settings they might wish to edit. It can be accessed directly from the user menu top right or from a link in the user's Profile page.

The preferences of another user may be accessed from a link on their Profile page, for those who have access to it.

What is displayed on the Preferences page may vary according to the permissions of each individual:

Preferences screenshot

User account

Links here allow users to edit their profile information and change their password, specify how they wish to receive forum and other notifications, choose a text editor (if allowed), and view/reset their RSS token.

Preferred language

Note that changing your preferred language here will only affect the Totara interface and not the actual course content.

Forum preferences

Email digest type

This setting determines how you receive any posts from Forums to which you are subscribed, allowing you to receive messages individually or on a daily basis.

Forum auto-subscribe

This setting lets you decide if you want email copies of posts that are added to forums. If you set this to subscribe, the system will automatically email you copies of new posts in discussions that you post in, unless you manually override it when posting.

Forum tracking

Enabling forum tracking means highlighting the posts you have not read yet, which should improve your forum navigation.

Editor preferences

  • This can usually be left as Default editor. In a new installation this is the Atto editor. If your admin allows it you can change to the TinyMCE editor.
  • If you want to use the Cloze editor module plugin to write Embedded Answers (Cloze) question type, you must choose TinyMCE as your text editor.
  • If you find your browser is not letting you edit text, change this setting to Plain text editor.
  • If other editors have been enabled by the site administrator, you can select them here.


See Messaging settings.

Security keys

This will only appear if Web services are turned on and the user has been issued with a token. In that case the user can click the Security keys link to see the tokens they have been issued for use with external web service tools. 


Here the user can manage and download their badges, set privacy levels and connect to their backpack.


Where portfolios have been enabled, their visibility can be set here on an individual basis.


Blog preferences may be set here, and external blogs registered.


The user's role assignments and permissions may be viewed and checked here.


What displays here depends on the permissions and roles of the user.

If Event monitoring is enabled on the site, a link will be available in this section.

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Still have questions? Why not post them in the forums of the Totara Community.

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