I have a top bar with some headings, one of which is Research Center. When I hover over Research Center there are a handful of links to sites. How do I edit whichlinks show up?

Primarily, there are two links with the same title, Career Pathway, that link to the same subsite.

I have tried using Site Actions > Site Settings > Navigation. When I do that from Research Center it only allows me to modify the left bar. When I do this from the home page, it lists Research Center as URL: /research center with an icon that looks like a site tree diagram with one subsite as red and does not show the subsites of Research Center

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    Hi, if you add screenshot of Navigation Setting that will be helpful.
    – P S
    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:07
  • @PS Sorry I missed this - just uploaded a screen shot. Feb 10, 2016 at 16:02

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When you create a sub site, you have an option to use the top link bar from parent site. If you select that option, you can modify the top navigation only from the parent site's Site Settings -> Navigation (which I believe is your case). This might be the reason you are not seeing the top navigation links in Research Center site. So try going to the top level site and then go to

Site Settings -> Navigation. Here you should be able to modify the top/global navigation links.

  • Thanks for the info. However, I can see the top navigation links. The problem is that when I hover of one, I see too many subsites (there is a duplicate of one). Any thoughts on how to remove the duplicate? Feb 2, 2016 at 21:06
  • Are you able to see the top navigation links when you go to Site Settings -> Navigation page ? Feb 2, 2016 at 21:09
  • Yes - but I do not see the subsites under Research Centerin the Navigation page, just Research Center and then the other top navigation links that are at the same level. Feb 2, 2016 at 21:11
  • Are you using managed navigation(term store) or structural navigation for global navigation? This can be seen in navigation settings. Feb 2, 2016 at 21:27
  • how do i tell? My navigation settings say Title: Global Navigation URL: Description: Type: Container. I couldn't find info on this with google (except for SP 2013). Feb 2, 2016 at 21:32

It looks like it might be inheriting the Global Navigation from the parent site.

Navigate to the parent site, and look at it's Navigation settings: [URL]/_layouts/AreaNavigationSettings.aspx

The Show Subsites option may be enabled. Try disabling that to see if it removes duplicates. What I have found is that sometimes people try manually link to a sub-site, then later on someone enables this checkbox and you end up with duplicates.

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  • thanks for the suggestions. However, I do want to show all the navigation items on the top bar, and not just the ones below the current site. Feb 10, 2016 at 15:31
  • What exactly are hoping to display? If you uncheck that check box, you will be free to edit the Global Navigation area as you please. If you share a screenshot of the Navigation page we should be able to get it resolved rather quickly.
    – Ray Hogan
    Feb 10, 2016 at 15:46
  • I updated with a picture. In the dropdown "Career Pathways" is listed twice and is the same site. (note: "Career Path" is a separate site) Feb 10, 2016 at 16:02
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    From the screenshot, the Navigation settings are only displaying the left hand side navigation items. You can see that what is rendered on the left hand side of the page ("Research Center", "Research Reports", "Non-faculty Staffing") is available for edit in the "Navigation Editing and Sorting" section. You will also notice that "Display the same navigation items as parent site" is selected. This means that the top level bar navigation is powered from the parent site. Navigate up to the parent site, and you will be able to edit the navigation items there, and remove/hide the duplicate.
    – Ray Hogan
    Feb 10, 2016 at 16:37
  • Thanks for the info. I added a second screen shot of the navigation section from the home (parent) page. I think I understand what you are talking about, however I do not see the subsites off of "Research Center" - and thus do not know how to edit them. Feb 10, 2016 at 17:14

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