I'm coming to a really strange behavior of SharePoint 2013 Metadata Navigation. I have set a list of terms for the top navigation, at the "root" of my site (aka the highest level of SharePoint, http://mysitecollection)

So, i wanted this top navigation to display my levels like:

- level1 A
- level1 B
   |- Level2 B.1
   |- Level2 B.2
- level1 C
   |- Level2 C.1
      |- Level3 C.1.1

And getting those little submenus.

But this does only work when I'm on a site or library/list settings! I don't see it display on home, for example. On home, I only see level 1. But absolutely no level 1's children...

Do you have any idea on what is happening?

Do you have any idea on how to fix it?

1 Answer 1


Finally got it, SharePoint has a really strange behavior. What i did not tell in my question was that I was using a custom Master Page.

And it seemed to be the problem : I have generated the snippet for the DeltaTopNavigation through the Snippet Gallery. And apparently SharePoint has a bug with this.

So, the solution is : go to seattle.master, select the DeltaTopNavigation snippet and paste it to your custom master page.

I let the code here, if anyone wants to see it.

<SharePoint:AjaxDelta id="DeltaTopNavigation" BlockElement="true" CssClass="ms-displayInline" runat="server">
     <SharePoint:DelegateControl runat="server" ControlId="TopNavigationDataSource" Id="topNavigationDelegate">
        <asp:SiteMapDataSource ShowStartingNode="False" SiteMapProvider="SPNavigationProvider" id="topSiteMap" runat="server" StartingNodeUrl="sid:1002" />
     <a name="startNavigation">
    <asp:ContentPlaceHolder id="PlaceHolderTopNavBar" runat="server">
        <SharePoint:AspMenu ID="TopNavigationMenu" Runat="server" EnableViewState="false" DataSourceID="topSiteMap" AccessKey="&lt;%$Resources:wss,navigation_accesskey%&gt;" UseSimpleRendering="true" UseSeparateCss="false" Orientation="Horizontal" StaticDisplayLevels="2" AdjustForShowStartingNode="true" MaximumDynamicDisplayLevels="2" SkipLinkText="" />


Source that helped me :

Sharepoint 2013 Managed Navigation Lessons Learned by Kyle Wright (see the paragraph "Using Managed Navigation in a Custom Master Page")

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