How to Configure a Drop-down Menu on the Top Link Bar in SharePoint 2013

By default in SharePoint 2013, the top link bar only displays the hyperlink name of the first-level sibling site. This can be limiting if you want to see subsite names at other levels. In this article, we’ll show you how to create drop-down menus that make navigating to these subsites easy.

Step 1: Create a New Site

Go to the Central Administration page. From there, under Application Management, click on Create site collections:

Under Select a template, click on the Publishing tab and select the Publishing Portal template. Click OK.

You will have created a new site, as pictured below:

Step 2: Configure Navigation

Go to the Site Settings for the new site you created in Step 1. Under Look and Feel, click on the Navigation hyperlink:

Under Global Navigation, select the Structural Navigation: Display the navigation items below the current site radio button.

Make sure that the following two options are checked:

  • Show subsites
  • Show pages

Step 3: Create a Subsite and Configure its Navigation

Create a subsite to the parent site created in Step 1. When selecting a template for the subsite, be sure to choose the Publishing site template.  In this example, we have created a subsite with the name “Site 1”:

Go to the Site Settings for Site 1. Under Look and Feel, click on the Navigation hyperlink:

Under Global Navigation, select the Structural Navigation: Display the navigation items below the current site radio button.

Make sure that the following two options are checked:

  • Show subsites
  • Show pages

Step 4: Add a Lower-Level Subsite

Create a subsite to the subsite created in Step 3 (i.e., “Site 1”). When selecting a template for the subsite, be sure to choose the Publishing
site
template.  In this example, we have created a subsite with the name “Site 5.”

Step 5: Configure Navigation

Go to the Site Settings for Site 5. Under Look and Feel, click on the Navigation hyperlink.

Under both Global Navigation AND Current Navigation, select the Structural Navigation: Display the navigation items as the parent site radio button.

Make sure that the following two options are checked:

  • Show subsites
  • Show pages

Return to your Top-level site.  You will now see that there is a drop-down menu that allows you to navigate to your subsites:

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