Moodle 3.2: Hide, Delete or Recover Questions in the Question Bank

Applies to: Moodle 3.2

Instructors or designers may want to hide questions in the quiz Question Bank so no one reuses them in future quizzes, or just to have a shorter list of questions to choose from when creating quizzes. There is no option to hide a question, instead you can €˜delete' a question.

  • If the question is being used used in a graded quiz, you will be warned that the question is used in a quiz before you can continue with the 'deletion.' The question(s) will remain in the quiz, and in their question bank category, and the quiz score will NOT be affected. Hidden questions appear in grey colored text.
  • If the question is not being used in a graded quiz, the question will be deleted.

Hiding questions in the Question Bank

  1. Go to the course homepage.
  2. Find the Administration block:
    • Click Question bank.
  3. Choose the category that contains your question(s) from the Select a category menu .
  4. Select the question(s) to delete.
    • For multiple questions select their checkboxes, scroll down and click Delete.
    • For a single question, click the Delete icon Delete icon..
  5. Click Continue. The question is grayed-out. If you no longer see the question and would like to, skip to Finding old hidden questions.
  6. To hide the question from the category in the Question bank, deselect the option to Also show old questions in the Search options.
    Also show old questions unchecked.

Finding old hidden questions

  1. Go to the course homepage.
  2. Find the Administration block:
    • Click Question bank.
  3. Select the category that contains your question(s) from the Select a category menu .
  4. Select the option to Also show old questions. Old questions have grey colored text.
    Also show old questions box checked.

Restoring old questions

Old (grayed-out) questions can be restored one question at a time.

  1. Go to the course homepage.
  2. Find the Administration block:
    • Click Question bank.
  3. Select a category.
  4. Make sure the option Also show old questions is checked.
  5. Click the Restore icon Restore icon.. The question is restored and visible. There is no confirmation notice.

Completely deleting questions

You cannot completely delete a question used in a graded quiz from the Question Bank, whether already hidden or visible. Questions not used in any quiz can be selected and deleted in the Question Bank. Old questions not in use might not be visible.

  1. Go to the course homepage.
  2. Find the Administration block:
    • Click Question bank.
  3. Select a category.
  4. Make sure the option Also show old questions is checked.
  5. Select the question and click Delete. You will be asked to confirm the deletion process.
  6. Return to your course homepage when you are done.