Navigation Intro

The navigation links are a table of contents that shows what information is available on your site. When navigation links are done correctly on every page, they make it easy to browse the site, discover information, and return to previously viewed pages. As you build your site, you want to make sure site navigation is clear and simple for your users.

The links that appear on the left or top of your site are generally referred to as the site’s navigation panel. In SharePoint Online we have 3 options for Navigation: Structural navigation, Managed navigation and Search-driven navigation. Each option has its pros and cons.

Structural navigation

Managed navigation

Search-driven navigation

Pros:

  • Easy to configure
  • Security-trimmed
  • Automatically updates as sites are added

Pros:

  • Easy to maintain

Pros:

  • Security-trimmed
  • Automatically updates as sites are added
  • Fast loading time and locally cached navigation structure

Cons:

  • Can perform poorly with complex site structure

Cons:

  • Not automatically updated to reflect site structure

Cons:

  • No ability to easily order sites
  • Requires customization of the master page (technical skills required)

The navigation towards the top of your site is known as the Top Link Bar.

< – The navigation towards the left of your site is known as Quick Launch.

Notice that the subsites Day 1 to 5 don’t have edit links on the top link bar. This is because when I created the subsite I choose to use the top link bar from the parent site.

To turn off Quick Launch or to Enable Tree View in your sites navigation:

More Information:

Customize the navigation on your team site: https://support.office.com/en-US/article/Customize-the-navigation-on-your-team-site-3CD61AE7-A9ED-4E1E-BF6D-4655F0BF25CA