Enhancing Top Link Bar and Quick Launch

Activate SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure to enhance the Top Link Bar with a drop-down list of links from the header to any location within or outside of the SharePoint parent/sub-site construct.

The Quick Launch and Top Link Bar of your non-publishing SharePoint parent or sub-site can be easily enhanced from >Site Actions >Site Settings >Look and Feel >Quick launch – OR – >Top link bar.

The Top Link Bar would be able to represent simple links to either sub-sites or anything else.  The Quick Launch can be enhanced as you please (e.g. bundling specific libraries and lists together under specific heading names).

MS-SharePoint: Top Link Bar and Quick Launch (Non-Publishing Site)

Working with a publishing SharePoint site – having activated SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure – allows you to enhance the Top Link Bar even further, with the ability to add drop-down lists of links from the header to anything within or outside of the parent or sub-sites.  Once this is activated (from the parent site), the Top Link Bar from the parent and all sub-sites can be enhanced as seen below.

MS-SharePoint: Top Link Bar and Quick Launch (Publishing Site)

Activating SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure

From the parent SharePoint site in question, from >Site Settings >Site Collection Administration, click >Site collection features followed by activating >SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure:

MS-SharePoint: Top Link Bar and Quick Launch (Activating SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure)

Enhancing Quick Launch and Top Link Bar for Publishing Sites

  1. Site Actions
  2. Site Settings
  3. Look and Feel
  4. Navigation
  5. Navigation Editing and Sorting
  6. Add Heading (can be a link as well or just a header without linking to anything or anywhere)
  7. Click once on / identify the new heading and choose Add Link

Global Navigation = Top Link Bar / Current Navigation = Quick Launch

MS-SharePoint: Top Link Bar and Quick Launch (Global Navigation)

MS-SharePoint: Top Link Bar and Quick Launch (Current Navigation)

Please contact us with any questions.

Download: "Top Link Bar and Quick Launch"