SharePoint Navigation switcher

SharePoint Navigation has received lot of attention in the past couple of year when compared to how users had to deal with navigation in SharePoint 2010 & 2013 On-prem days.

Here is the latest of the improvements, SharePoint navigation switcher.

This feature was made Generally available in Dec 2021. By the time of this writing it should have made its way to your tenant.

With this update, Team sites in SharePoint and team connected SP sites gets the ability to switch navigation (Quick launch navigation as it is previously called) to render either vertically or horizontally.

Every body like full page display in Communication sites. Numerous times we run into users who try to implement similar look and style in Teams. Only option available until now is to hide the navigation on the whole or do some client side magic, which isn’t ideal. This feature makes it simple and as always puts the control in the hands of business users. Site owners can easily update the navigation to either display horizontally or vertically.

Here is how to do it:

  • Go to the team site & select gear icon in top right corner

  • Select Change the look -> Navigation

  • You get the option to either display site navigation horizontally or vertically.

  • Selecting horizontal will give additional menu style options Cascading or Mega menu.

  • There is also an option to turn off the navigation altogether.

Horizontal, vertical or no navigation it is all up to users preference. There is no right or wrong way of displaying navigation. I personally prefer to display navigation horizontally as it plays well with SharePoint app bar. Plus displaying it horizontally adds the benefit of using mega menu. Comment and let me know your thoughts!

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