Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
T H E T O P L I N K B A R
If a site inherits the top link bar from its parent site, the only choice you have if you want to
customize it is to stop inheriting links (if you do stop inheriting links, you can change your mind
and go back to the top link bar settings and use Links From Parent again). However, if this is a
top-level site or the subsite is not inheriting the top link bar, then you can add, edit, and delete
links from the bar without that additional step. The HR team site is not inheriting the bar, so it’s
easy to edit the top link bar directly. See Figure 9.12.
FIGURE 9.12
The Top Link Bar
settings
To add a link, use the New Navigation Link button. To edit or delete a link, click its Edit
button. To change the order in which the links appear on the bar, click Change Order (Change
Order is visible only if there is more than one link on the top link bar).
GOING YOUR OWN WAY WITH THE TOP LINK BAR
When a subsite doesn’t inherit its top link bar from its parent, it cuts its top link bar off from all
sites above it and effectively considers itself to be a “top” site. This means there will be only one
link in its top link bar, and that will be the “home” tab that points to itself. All subsites of that site,
if they inherit the top link bar, will consider that parent subsite to be the top, home tab of their top
link bar. This can be used to create a kind of mini site collection, where you can have a collection
of subsites that don’t use the top link bar to conveniently point back up the collection to the more
top-level sites.
However, keep in mind that the Navigate Up button at the top of all SharePoint pages will always
have a link to the top-level site, regardless of whatever you do with the Quick Launch and top link
bars. This is a good example of why SharePoint has built-in navigational redundancy.
 
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