Different Types of Navigation in SharePoint 2013/2016/Online

This SharePoint tutorial, we will discuss various navigation types and structure in SharePoint 2013/2016 or SharePoint Online.

Below are 3 types of navigation types and structures are there.

  • Global and current navigation
  • Structured navigation
  • Managed Navigation

Global and current navigation in SharePoint

Global and current navigation have been described as inverted ‘L’ in SharePoint 2013/2016/Online.

SharePoint Global navigation look likes the below screen.

sharepoint 2013 global navigation

Structured Navigation in SharePoint

SharePoint Structure navigation automatically generates the link when the pages, list and libraries, and subsite have been created and also manually add links under navigation options.

Following images show structure navigation:

Navigate to site settings -> Under look and feel -> Click Navigation

Choose the structural navigation option for Global navigation and also check the show subsite it will help to display the child nodes under the parent node.

sharepoint 2013 current navigation

If you need structural navigation for current navigation also it’s your choice. Also, you can create navigation links manually by Click Add heading.

sharepoint 2013 structured navigation
sharepoint 2016 structured navigation

Click Ok. So now the link has been visible on a page.

Managed Navigation in SharePoint

Managed navigation it does not automatically create a navigation link like structured navigation. It allows the user to create site navigation term sets (metadata) using term store management tool under site navigation option.

Following images show Managed navigation:

Navigate to site settings -> Under look and feel -> Click Navigation. Choose the Managed navigation option for Global navigation.

sharepoint online structured navigation

Under managed navigation term set and Click create a term set.

sharepoint 2013 managed navigation

Open the term store management tool for creating navigation term and term sets

sharepoint 2016 managed navigation

Click Ok.

sharepoint online managed navigation

So now the navigation has been work perfect. For UI and responsive visits, this article.

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