Main Menu in Drupal

All Drupal sites at Dartmouth have a Main Menu (also known as the horizontal navigation). It's one of the first things you see when you visit the homepage of a Dartmouth website, whether you are logged in to make changes or not. On academic department websites, the menu will usually include tabs for Undergraduate (and/or Graduate) programs, News & Events, and a listing of the People in the department. Other sites may be structured differently, depending on their needs.

It's important to know how your site is organized, especially when you add Basic Pages or Webforms to your site. If you don't tell Drupal where in the Main Menu a new page is supposed to go, visitors won't be able to access the page unless they are directly linked to it some other way.

When you are logged in, you can edit the order in which pages appear under the Main Menu. Click on the "Main menu" link on the control panel at the top of your screen, and you will see how your pages are arranged. (This is not a list of the pages themselves, only a list of links to those pages. Deleting a link will not delete the page.)

Using the Main Menu screen is helpful when you have added a new Basic Page or Webform to your site and wish to control where it will appear, but it can be dangerous if you try to modify menu-level items. If you need to modify menu-level items, please email with details about your request. 

Menu Settings in Drupal

This is an important step when creating a new page in Drupal. The menu setting tells your website where you want your content to live. If you don't do this step, people won't have any way to access the page.

  1. Click Provide a menu link, then give your page a short title (if it wasn’t automatically filled in already).
  2. Under Parent item, select the page under which you want the page to appear. If there are already pages in that list, don’t select one of them; select the parent page. You can change the order in which they appear in the Main Menu.


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