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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