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Customize the Quick Launch menu

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SharePoint provides several ways in which you can customize the navigation of your site. This tutorial is intended for site owners and designers and includes information about customizing the Quick Launch menu. For other customization tutorials, see: Customize the top link bar and Show or hide tree view, which shows the contents and hierarchy of the site. Note that you cannot customize the breadcrumb navigation at the top of a page.

What is the Quick Launch?

The Quick Launch menu is displayed on the homepage of a SharePoint site and contains links to featured lists and libraries on the site, sub-sites or the current site, and People and Groups.

Quick Launch

By using settings pages for each list or library, you can choose which lists and libraries appear on the Quick Launch. You can also change the order of links, add or delete links without going to the list or library, and add or delete sections. You can even add links to pages outside of your SharePoint site.

Hide or show the Quick Launch

The Quick Launch appears by default when you first create a site. You can choose to hide or show the Quick Launch, according to the needs of your site. For example, you can show the Quick Launch on the top-level site and hide it on sub-sites.

  1. Navigate to your site's homepage. Click the Site Actions menu and then select Site Settings.



  2. In the Look and Feel column, click Tree view.



  3. To hide the Quick Launch, deselect the Enable Quick Launch checkbox. To show the Quick Launch, select the Enable Quick Launch checkbox. Click OK.

Add or remove a list or library from the Quick Launch

When you create a new list or library, a link to that item is automatically added to the Quick Launch by default. You can change the Navigation option when you are creating a new list or library so that the item does not appear on the Quick Launch. You can also edit the option later by following these steps:

  1. On the Quick Launch, click View All Site Content. Then click on the name of the list of library that you would like to edit.



  2. On the Settings menu, click List Settings. Or, click the settings for the type of library that you are opening (i.e. Document Library Settings).



  3. In the General Settings column, click Title, description and navigation.



  4. In the Navigation section, you can remove the item from the Quick Launch by selecting No or you can add the item to the Quick Launch by selecting Yes.



  5. Click Save. To return to your site, click on the name of the site.

Change the order of items on the Quick Launch

You can change the order in which headings or links appear on the Quick Launch. You are limited, however, to only changing the order of the links under a given heading. If, for example, you want to move Calendar or Tasks to a different heading, you first need to edit the link and assign it to a different heading.

  1. Navigate to your site's homepage. Click the Site Actions menu and then select Site Settings.



  2. In the Look and Feel column, click Quick Launch.



  3. Click Change Order.



  4. Click the options in the list to change the order in which the headings and links are displayed. When you are finished, click OK.

Add, edit, or delete a Quick Launch heading

  1. Navigate to your site's homepage. Click the Site Actions menu and then select Site Settings.



  2. In the Look and Feel column, click Quick Launch.



  3. Do one of the following:
    • Add: To add a new heading, click New Heading. Type the URL (website address) of the landing page as well as a description for the heading. Click OK.
    • Edit: To edit a heading, click the Edit icon next to the heading. Make the necessary changes and click OK.
    • Delete: To delete a heading, click the Edit icon. Click Delete. Note that when you delete a heading from the Quick Launch, any links contained under that heading will also be deleted.

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