Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Retrieve Home link in the Top Navigation


"So you've played with the homepage in your WSS site and now the Home link is gone from all your pages. You can get it back without manually editing the top navigation area of all your pages, with the help of FrontPage.

  • Open your site in FrontPage 2003.

  • At the bottom of the Web Site pane, click on the Navigation link. This will switch to the Navigation Pane view.

  • In the Navigation Pane, right-click on SharePoint Top Navbar icon and select Add Existing Page... in the selction menu.

  • In the Insert Hyperlink dialog box, select the desired page, click OK to accept the selection.

  • Drag the new page to the correct location in the top navigation and rename the title as appropriate.

Congratulations, you successfully saved your top navigation.

Even though I don't render the standard top navigation on this site anymore, it does still make a difference when I'm navigating through admin pages. I usually type in the url to the usage stats page, my most common admin page for viewing. I've lost the Home link on all these admin pages, making a little difficult to move around. A minor annoyance that I ignored until a collegue did the same thing to a production team site today. That prompted me to hunt around FrontPage for a solution, something simple but not entirely obvious either.

On a final note, I'm really not a fan of using FrontPage to modify SharePoint pages. I'm still unnerved by some automatic changes it makes to your markup, much less the markup itself. Even so, there's no denying the fact that FrontPage is a powerful tool for making SharePoint customizations, modifications that seem impossible without it. Managing the top navigation is just one example."

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