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Add menu entries

You have the following options to add top-level menu entries:

  • Category item: Use category items to group sub menu entries together. Category items don't link anywhere.
  • (Main) Menu item: Normal menu entries which will be displayed as list entries with a link to the target page or URL. (See Adding Confluence links and external links)
  • Separator item: To separate groups of different menu items you can use a separator line.

The field for adding links has an auto completion for Confluence spaces and pages. Permission will be respected, so if a user has no permission to view a page, the link won't be shown. If you paste a confluence link by hand, the plugin will resolve this link and build a readable entry as if you added it by auto completion. This only works, if your configured base URL matches the pasted URL. Please be aware, that this is necessary for checking content permissions for the user!

You can also add external links, which will not be checked by the Navigation Menu Editor. So make sure they work and are available from your Confluence. External links will show a small icon for the user to indicate the link leads away from Confluence.

(warning) We differentiate between page and space links. Page links lead to a certain page, space links to the current space homepage. Note that space homepages can be changed and a space link will lead to the space home page, whereas a page link still leads to the old one. You can differentiate page and space link by their icon at the auto completion.

How to label the active top menu item

A Confluence or Linchpin intranet can be quite massive with tens of thousands of pages. Naturally, not all of them will be part of your navigation menu. But probably the most important spaces are part of the menu. In order to help users to orient themselves, you will see an optical hint as to which top level menu item the current page belongs to.

In future releases there will be more convenient ways to define such an optical hint; for now we implemented css classes. Using those you can style this optical hint differently, if you don't like the standard styling.

CSS classes

active-item

If the current page itself is part of the menu, this menu item will have the class active item.

active-item-trail

If the current page is part of a space that's part of the menu, this menu item and all of its parents will have the class active-item-trail

Restrictions

There are some restrictions to this functionality you should know about:

  • If the space the current page belongs to is not part of the menu at all, there will be no indicator.
  • If the space the current page belongs to is part of the menu several times, only the first occurrence will be indicated.
  • If the menu item points to the space homepage instead of the space itself, there will be no indicator. Please make sure to link to spaces in the menu, not to space homepages.



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