Navigators User’s Guide, Part 1: How to Use the Menu Navigator Web Part

Be it at home or at work, we tend to place the items that are most important to us inconvenient and easy-to-find places, such as putting the keys next to the phone, adding a bookmark to our favorite sites in Internet Explorer, or saving a frequently used file on our desktop. Being able to create tabs or drop-down menus on sites, with links to important resources without the need for coding, is essential to organizations and their staff. In this article, we’ll show you how to use the Menu Navigator Web Part.

Bamboo’s Navigators provide this important function and much more.  Our Navigators allow you to create custom menus, tabs, tree items, and a Site Actions menu to navigate to sites, pages, or lists within and across sites and site collections. These navigation controls can help you build a clean, user-friendly project management site, or any other type of site that requires customized navigation controls.

To begin, go to the Edit page. Under the Insert tab, select the Bamboo Solutions folder under Categories, and Bamboo Navigator Menu under Web Parts. Click the Add button:

There are two different ways by which you can edit the tool pane.  These include:

  1. Enter your target site and modify/use the Bamboo Navigators list there.
  2. Click on Create list to create a Bamboo Navigators list on the current site.

In this example, I will be using the second method and will make a list by clicking the Create List button. By clicking Create list, the following information will automatically display:

Under Display and Navigation Settings, select the Show Mega Menu checkbox. Click Apply and OK to save:

On the Quick Launch bar, go to the Lists hyperlink. You will now see Bamboo Navigators listed as an option under Lists:

In the Bamboo Navigators list, you can add items as needed. Added items will become tabs on your SharePoint site:

After you have finished adding your list items, return to the Navigator Web Part. You will now see the items that you added to your list displayed as menus:

Are you ready to test drive Navigators in your own SharePoint environment? Jump over to the Navigators product page now!

Want to learn more about Navigators? Check out the rest of the series here

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