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Blink Navigation


Learn how to efficiently navigate Blink.

Blink is designed to give users quick access to information on university business processes.

Use these elements to move around the Blink site:

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Page header

The same header is present on every page in Blink. This lets you quickly navigate to top-level pages, search, and link to online tools.

Blink header

Getting back to the Blink home page

Return to the Blink home page by clicking on the Faculty & Staff link in the top-left of each page or the Blink icon below the search bar.

Getting back to the UCSD home page

Return to the UCSD home page by clicking on the UC San Diego logo at the top-right of each page.

Drop-down tabs

Blink Topics

Information in Blink is divided into broad service-oriented topics. Click on the Blink Topics drop-down tab and select a category to get to a topic-level home page. The categories are:

  • Buy & Pay: Focuses on purchasing topics, from what to buy to how to process the purchase, methods of payments, reimbursements
  • Facilities & Services: Highlights building projects, campus environmental/ sustainability efforts, infrastructure and construction information
  • Faculty Resources: Links to information for faculty, including resources for managing classes, conducting research, and finding housing and childcare
  • Finance: Offers easy access to information about UCSD's financial processes and tools, from general accounting to tax reporting, cashiering services
  • Human Resources: Gives easy access to information about benefits, hiring, supervision, career development, personal services, health and wellness
  • Research: Covers proposal preparation, grant administration, lab safety, hazardous materials
  • Safety: Contains information about emergency and police services, ergonomics for office equipment, work-related injury and illness, research safety and materials handling
  • Student/ Class Info: Includes content for faculty and staff who serve students, including advising resources, class and majors lists, DARS audits, enrollment and grade information
  • Technology: Covers computer and network security, disposal of electronic devices, workplace security, e-mail, hardware and software, multimedia
  • Travel: Highlights travel and entertainment information, with links to tools that help you book a trip, report travel expenses


The remaining drop-down menus provide shortcut links to a variety of UC San Diego online tools.


Use breadcrumb links to quickly jump to higher-level topics.

Located below the header, the trail of links leads from the Blink homepage on the left to the current page on the right.

In the following example, Manage Contacts and Chat is the current page. Each page to the left of it is a higher-level page.


Left navigation

Use the left-navigation box, to explore pages that are related to the current page without having to find a link in the text.

In the following example, the current page is Manage Contacts and Chat (Orange text on a white background). This page is in the Skype for Business directory (bold font at the top). The remaining links go to sister-level pages (pages in the same directory as the current page) that contain related content.

Left nav

Some pages will have additional links below the left navigation:

  • Departments: links to the department(s) involved with the process or other content described on the page.
  • See Also: links to related resources, often official documents or references outside of UC San Diego


Links open in the same window

Best practices for links are that they open in the same window. This is due to usability and accessibility considerations. If you prefer to have links open in a new window, choose one of the options below:

Opening a link in a new window

  • Windows
    • Right-click a link and select 'open in new tab' or 'open in new window' options. Exact wording differs by browser.
    • If your mouse has a middle button (click-able scroll wheel), you can click it on a link to open the link in a new tab.
    • Shift + left-click will open a link in a new window.
    • Ctrl + left-click will open a link in a new tab.
  • Mac
    • Shift + click will open a link in a new window.
    • Command + click will open a link in a new tab.

Links to files (rather than to other web pages) are marked

If clicking on a link will cause a file to open or download, we aim to make that clear. Additionally, we will specify the type of file. Look for text at the top of the page (ex: "All files are PDFs") or right after the link (ex: "CMS training exercise 1 (Word file)" )

Links that require a password/ login

We do not host password-protected material on Blink. However, pages may link to sites or systems that require a login, such a Business Systems (Single Sign On) account. These are marked with login required after the link.

Note: If you are already logged in to a system when you click on a login required link, the transition to and from that system should be seamless. However, if you are prompted to enter your credentials, you may have subsequent difficulty using the back button on your browser to return to the page in Blink. Pressing the back button multiple times will often fix this situation - otherwise use your bookmarks, history or other means to navigate back to the Blink page.

Email links

Clicking on a hyperlinked name or email address will open your default email program. If you do not wish to use the default program on your computer, you can right-click the link and choose Copy Email Address (exact wording may differ depending on your browser). Paste the email address into the program of your choice.

Contact and feedback

Use the contact information in the green contact box (present on most, but not all, pages) to get more information about the content of the page.

Use the Feedback link at the bottom of all pages on Blink to give feedback about the website itself (broken links, etc.). Learn how to give effective feedback.

Page footer

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