Customize the Quick Launch menu

Customize the Quick Launch menu
Customize the Quick Launch menu
SharePoint provides several ways in which you can customize the navigation of your site. This tutorial is intended for site
owners and designers. You can also choose to customize other navigational aspects of your SharePoint site (i.e. the top link bar)
by visiting our other tutorials. Note: 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 of the current site, and People and Groups.
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.
4.
To return to the site, click on the name of the site.
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 the 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.
click OK.
Make the necessary changes and

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.
Add a Quick Launch link
In addition to including links to lists or libraries within your site, you can add custom links to the Quick Launch. For example, you
can link to a document, calendar event, or even another site.
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.
To add a new link, click New Link.
Then type the URL (website address) of the page you want to link to. You can also enter a description.
In the Heading list, select the heading under which you want the link to appear. When you are finished, click OK.
4.
To edit a link, click the Edit icon next to the link that you want to edit or delete.
Then do one of the following:

Edit: Make any necessary changes and then click OK.

Move: To move the link to a different location on the Quick Launch, select the new heading under the
Headings list and click OK.

Delete: To delete the link, click Delete. Then click OK. Note that when you delete a link from the Quick
Launch, any links contained under that link are also deleted.
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