Adding, Editing and Removing Classwize Rules

Adding, Editing, and Removing Classwize Rules

Adding, editing and removing Classwize Rules is simple to do. You can block or allow resources, such as:

  • Signatures (e.g., Spotify)
  • Categories (e.g., Social Media)
  • Sites (e.g.,
  • URLs (e.g.,
  • Windows desktop applications (e.g., Camera, Paint, Notepad, Firefox for Windows)

Adding Classwize Rules 

  1. On the Class Toolbar, select Rule(s) > New Rule
    NOTE: Select Create Rule if this is the first rule you’re adding for the class.
  2. The Add new rule dialog will appear. In the This rule controls field, search and select the resource that you want to block or allow.
  3. Choose to Block or Allow the site, signature, category or Windows desktop app.
  4. Choose who to apply the rule to:
    • To apply the rule to the whole class, select the Whole class checkbox.
    • To apply the rule to specific students, deselect the Whole class checkbox, then search and select the name or username of the student in the This rule applies to field.  
  5. Select Add Rule

On the Rules panel, rules are sorted under signatures and categories, websites, and app controls (Windows only):


The class toolbar also shows how many rules are active for the class:


How soon do Rules apply to desktop apps?

Rules will start to allow or block desktop applications depending on when you added them.

  • During class: Immediately. 
  • Class is not in session: Up to 60 seconds from starting the class.
  • Student’s device is on Sleep Mode: Up to 60 seconds from waking up the device. If a rule for an app was created while the student’s device is on Sleep Mode, the student will receive a warning that the blocked app will close within 60 seconds when they wake up their device.

Editing Classwize Rules

You can edit Classwize Rules at any time. To edit a rule:

  1. Select Rules on the class toolbar.
  2. Select the Edit icon (pencil) next to the rule you want to change.
  3. Update the rule on the Edit class rule dialog, including: 
    • Allowing or Blocking the category, site, URL, or application.
    • Applying the Rule to a student or the whole class.
  4. Select Update.

To quickly Block or Allow a site or application, toggle its Blocked or Allowed slider on the Rules panel. 


Deleting Classwize Rules

You can remove individual Classwize Rules, or remove all rules at once.

Deleting a single Classwize Rule

  1. Select the Edit icon (pencil) for the rule you want to remove.
  2. On the Edit rule dialog, select Delete Rule.

Deleting all Classwize Rules

This is a permanent action and can't be undone.

  1. Select Rules on the class toolbar.
  2. Select Delete all on the Rules panel. 
  3. A confirmation window will appear. Select Delete to proceed with clearing all rules. 


See Classwize Rules FAQ and How Classwize Rules Work for more information about Classwize Rules.

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